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What is Livingston CARES?

Livingston CARES is a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to assisting communities and individuals locally, regionally, nationwide, and globally in humanitarian projects, particularly focusing on disaster relief and recovery efforts. In September 2005, our organization began as a response to Hurricane Katrina's devastation along the Gulf Coast, establishing a relationship with the community in Biloxi, MS and sending our first volunteers in the spring of 2006.

Since our first trip in 2006, 1,491 volunteers have participated in 88 service trips to areas devastated by natural disasters including Biloxi, MS; Brooklyn, NY; Puerto Rico; The Florida Keys and Panhandle; and the Houston, TX region. Our volunteers have done it all---demolishing houses, installing sheetrock, painting, beautifying grounds at an elementary school, and everything in between. Learn more about our past work trips and volunteer experiences by accessing our trip reports!

For an up to date account of our activities check out our Livingston CARES Spring 2020 Newsletter

Livingston CARES COVID-19 Front Line Workers Appreciation Project

The Board of Directors established this initiative to show our support and thanks for the individuals in our community who are keeping us safe and secure during this time. Donations will allow us to provide small tokens of thanks to front line and essential workers in the medical field (including all staff in facilities), public health and safety, food and goods distribution, and local social service providers.

A full report on our efforts can be found here: Livingston CARES COVID-19 Front Line Workers Appreciation Project Report

Follow this link to read the: Livingston County News story on our COVID-19 Front Line Workers Appreciation Project

For more information please contact

Our Spring Gumbo to Go Fundraiser cancelled. Be on the lookout for 15th Anniversary events coming fall of 2020! 

Gumbo to Go is Livingston CARES bi-annual fundraiser that directly supports student scholarships for service trips. Enjoy a delicious dinner, take a night off from cooking & support Livingston CARES! Consider ordering extra dinners to freeze and take another night off in the coming weeks and months.


Gumbo to Go volunteers laughing

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Center For Community
MacVittie College Union, Room 353
SUNY Geneseo
One College Circle
Phone: 585-245-5620

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Alternative Break Service Trips

The remainder of our Alternative Break Service Trips for 2020 have been cancelled. We hope to be able to plan our trips for 2021!

Group of volunteers from our march trip to the Florida Keys

Geneseo Goes To Town has been cancelled. We will be sending out opportunities to the campus and community for how to stay engaged and volunteer remotely. 

Annually, students from SUNY Geneseo and community volunteers participate in service activities in almost every town and village in Livingston county in  "Geneseo Goes to Town." 

Students painting wooden slats blueStudents serving food at a soup kitchenStudents scraping paint on the side of a house

Donate to Livingston CARES

Individuals can donate to Livingston CARES' general operating fund or to support communities in Puerto Rico impacted by the recent hurricanes that devastated the island. Livingston CARES will work with local agencies Puerto Rico to ensure that all donations are used wisely to help individuals and families recover from the hurricane.Visit our Donate now page to contrinute.

Questions regarding Livingston CARES may be directed to President of the Board of Directors, Tom Matthews at, Vice-President of the Board of Directors Nicholas Palumbo at / 585-245-6493, or board Secretary Garth Freeman at / 585-245-5893.