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Director's Welcome

Welcome and thank you for visiting the Livingston County CARES website!

Dr. Tom Matthews is President and Chair of the Board of Directors. Livingston CARES was organized in 2005 as a humanitarian organization dedicated to Hurricane Katrina and other relief and recovery efforts. Since September 2005, 974 volunteers from SUNY Geneseo and Livingston County, New York have participated in forty service trips to the Biloxi and Gulfport area of Mississippi to help rebuild homes and assist community organizations affected by this hurricane. Our volunteers have contributed over 51,480 hours of service worth an estimated $1,361,646.00.and our donors have provided over $50,000 to assist with projects and trip expenses.

Livingston CARES established a fund on November 2, 2012 to assist in the relief and recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Since that time, 127 volunteers have participated in 15 service trips to help families and communities on Staten Island, Long Island and Brooklyn recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. 

Livingston CARES is a unique community partnership among representatives from SUNY Geneseo, the Town and Village of Geneseo, the Livingston County Chamber of Commerce, and the Livingston County Administrator and Board of Supervisors. Formed as a collaboration dedicated to helping in the Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts, Livingston CARES is a non-profit charitable humanitarian organization registered with the State of New York Charities Bureau and the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization. In addition to our previous work on multiple recovery efforts in Mississippi, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico, CARES assists other humanitarian organizations as needed and as volunteers and resources become available.

Our current efforts are focused on providing assistance to families impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and unfinished work from Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. We are currently offering multiple service trips to Puerto Rico, Florida, and New Jersey and will be looking at possible sites for work in the Bahamas in response to Hurricane Dorian. Visit our  Service Trip Opportunity page if you are interested in registering for a trip or would like to learn more about what to expect on a trip.

In addition to information on trips and programs, our website serves as a record of past trips with hundreds of photos of volunteers working in Mississippi and other service trips from participants on how their lives have changed as a result of helping others.

If you would like to make a donation, checks should be made payable to "Livingston CARES" and sent to our address. Donations may also be designated for specific projects for recovery efforts connected to any of the recent hurricanes. Please do not hesitate to e-mail me at or call me at (585)-245-5857 if you have questions or would like additional information about Livingston CARES.

Thank you very much for your continued support,

Dr. Tom Matthews
President & Chair, Board of Directors, Livingston County CARES