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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!

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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

Planning for our 2019-2020 Alternative Break Service Trips is already underway! We expect to coordinate six trips to at least three different locations, currently we are planning for trips to Puerto Rico, the Florida Keys and Panhandle, and Brooklyn, NY.

Trips will take place Jan. 11 - 18, 2020; March 14 - 21, 2020; and May 16 - 23, 2020.

For more information on our 2020 trips, including how to register please visit: Livingston CARES Alternative Break Trips

Group of volunteers from our march trip to the Florida Keys

Local Projects

Annually, students from SUNY Geneseo and community volunteers participate in service activities in almost every town and village in the county in  "Geneseo Goes to Town."  The next date for this community event is April 11, 2020. For more information to host a group of volunteers or volunteer for the day please contact Garth Freeman at / 585-245-5893.

Gumbo to Go

Gumbo to Go is Livingston CARES bi-annual fundraiser that supports our service and volunteer efforts. Enjoy a delicious dinner, take a night off from cooking & support Livingston CARES! 

Fall: Thursday November 7, 2019

Spring: Thursday April 9, 2020

Details: Geneseo Central Presbyterian Church, Corner of Center & Second Sts. Take out only. $10 per dinner: only cash or check at the door, or pay online with credit card

Tickets are available at:

  • Center for Community (College Union 353)
  • Good Wine & Spirits (Wegmans Plaza)
  • Key Bank (66 Main St, Geneseo)
  • SA Ticket Office (College Union 113)
  • Online at
  • from the Livingston CARES board members

Gumbo to Go volunteers laughing

Donate to Livingston CARES

Hurricane Recovery Fund

Livingston CARES has created a special fund to respond to the states and communities impacted by Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael. All donations to this fund will go to support efforts that will directly help low-income families recover from the damage caused by the hurricanes. Livingston CARES will work with local agencies in those locations to ensure that all donations are used wisely to help individuals and families recover from the hurricane. Donate now.

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