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Service Trip Opportunities 2020

Alternative Break Service Trips with Livingston CARES

Registration for all 2020 trips will open on October 1, 2019. All registrations will be submitted using the online form at the bottom of this page (will be available after Oct. 1). Please read and follow instructions carefully.

Financial Assistance is available based on need and the availability of funds which are provided through Geneseo Student Association. Please complete this form if you are interested in applying for financial assistance:

Apply for financial assistance

TRIP LOCATIONS:

We are sending volunteers to four locations this year: Puerto Rico, the Florida Keys, Tampa Florida, and Ocean County NJ. 

2020 Trips

January Trips (Jan 11-18, 2020):

Puerto Rico:
Group shot of student volunteers in PR
Cost $800, TRIP IS FULL - NO SPOTS REMAINING 
Trip Leader: Betsy Colon, Student Leader: Stephen Chaparro
Deadline to submit final payment to Livingston CARES: Friday Nov. 1, 2019

Trip participants will fly out of Buffalo, NY and land in San Juan Puerto Rico. UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) and the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico are our hosts for the trip with volunteers staying in a small town called Patillas. All meals during the stay are provided by the host organization and volunteers will stay in a shared living space with separate sleeping areas for men and women. Volunteers will engage in recovery work supporting individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Maria. Three work teams will be deployed to different locations on the Island based on the current needs of residents. The work will be hands on and will include basic deconstruction and construction (no prior skills necessary).  

Ocean County, NJ (Jan. 12 - 18):
Group shot of volunteers in Brooklyn, 2019
Cost is $150
There are 3 available spots.
Trip Leader: Tim Lowmaster, Student Leader: TBD (please let us know if you would like to be a leader for this trip!)
Deadline to submit final payment to Livingston CARES: Friday Nov. 1, 2019

Trip participants will drive from SUNY Geneseo on the morning of Sunday Jan. 12, 2019 in a seven passenger mini van and will arrive in Wall Township, NJ in the afternoon. Our host for this trip is SBP and volunteers will be staying in their facility at the Historic Camp Evans. Volunteers will be housed in separate accommodations for women and men and will share a common meal preparation and eating area. The work in the area is long term Super Storm Sandy recovery, responding to needs due to inadequate insurance payouts and contractor fraud which left thousands of New Jersey families displaced or living in their storm damaged home. SBP works in Monmouth and Ocean Counties to rebuild and repair homes damaged by the storms serveing low- to moderate-income residents with a special focus on families with small children, the elderly, disabled persons, war veterans, and the under- and uninsured.

Tampa Florida:
Group picture of volunteers and host organizer on a bunk bed in progress of being built
Cost is $600
There are 8 available spots.
Trip Leader: Tom Wilson, Student Leaders: Brooke Stickles and Laura Huff
Deadline to submit final payment to Livingston CARES: Friday Nov. 1, 2019

Trip participants will depart from Rochester, NY and will fly into Tampa, FL. The host organization is UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) and the The Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Volunteers will stay in a church facility with separate sleeping areas for men and women. We will have access to a shared kitchen ad eating space. Recovery work will be related to Hurricane Irma and will take place (depending on need) in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties. The work may include: installing insulation and sheetrock; taping, mudding and texturing sheetrock; installing trim, doors; Installing flooring; and tearing out damaged materials. 

March Trips (March 14-21, 2020):

Puerto Rico:

student volunteer using a chop saw to cut metal - sparks flying!

Cost is $850 
TRIP IS FULL - NO SPOTS REMAINING 
Trip Leader: Gabe Iturbides, Student Leader: Karilyn Nieves
Deadline to submit final payment to Livingston CARES: Friday Jan. 31

Volunteers will engage in recovery work supporting individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Maria. Volunteers will be staying in a small town called Patillas on the southern coast of the island. Three work teams will be deployed to different locations on the Island based on the current needs of residents. The work will be hands on and will include basic deconstruction and construction (no prior skills necessary). All meals during the stay are prepared by the host organization and volunteers will stay in a shared living space. Volunteers will depart on a Southwest airline from Rochester at 5:45am and will arrive with San Juan at 12:50pm (with a layover in Baltimore) on Sat. Mar. 14 and will return back to Rochester at 11:10 PM on Sat. March 21. The host organization for the trip is UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) and the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico.

Tampa, Florida:
Two Volunteers in front of their worksite.
Cost is $700
There are 10 available spots.
Trip Leader: Holly Harvey, Student Leader: Adam Clarke
Deadline to submit final payment to Livingston CARES: Friday Jan. 31

Volunteers will stay in a church facility where they will have access to a shared kitchen and dining space. Recovery work will be related to Hurricane Irma and will take place (depending on need) in the greater Tamps area. The work may include: installing insulation and sheetrock; taping, mudding and texturing sheetrock; installing trim, doors; Installing flooring; and tearing out damaged materials. The flight will depart on Sat. Mar. 14 from Rochester at 1:15 pm and will arrive in Tampa at 7:20 pm (with a layover in Baltimore) and will return to Rochester on Sat. Mar. 21 at 12:40pm. The host organization is UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) and the The Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Florida Keys:
Group photo on the beach of volunteers
Cost is $700 
There are 5 available spots. 
Trip Leader: Nick Palumbo, Student Leader: Parker Slawetsky
Deadline to submit final payment to Livingston CARES: Friday Jan. 31

Volunteers will engage in work that will support families and individuals impacted by Hurricane Irma. The work will be hands on and may include remediation of damaged property, replacing drywall and flooring, and general deconstruction and construction. No prior experience is necessary. Your flight will depart from Rochester at 5:45 am and will arrive in Ft. Lauderdale at 10:40 (with a layover in Baltimore). Volunteers will then travel in rental cars to Big Pine Key. The group will depart from Ft. Lauderdale on Sat. Mar. 21 at 6:15 am and will return to Rochester at 11:55 am on the 21st.The group will be hosted by UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) and the Florida Conference of United Methodists and will stay in a facility with a shared kitchen where you as volunteers will prepare your own meals.

May Trips (May 16-23):

Florida Keys:
Cost is $600
TRIP IS FULL - NO SPOTS REMAINING
Trip Leader: Eddie Lee, Student Leader: Karissa Kelly Garbarini 

Volunteers will continue the work of the March group to support families and individuals impacted by Hurricane Irma. The work will be hands on and may include remediation of damaged property, replacing drywall and flooring, and general deconstruction and construction. No prior experience is necessary. We are still finalizing the travel plans for this trip and will update the website once those plans are solidified. The group will be hosted by UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) and the Florida Conference of United Methodists and will stay in a facility with a shared kitchen where you as volunteers will prepare your own meals.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:

We offer financial assistance for our trips. Please follow this link to learn more about our financial grants and complete the request form if you have a financial need: Livingston CARES Financial Grant Application

REGISTRATION FOR ALTERNATIVE BREAK SERVICE TRIPS:

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COMPLETE YOUR REGISTRATION

To complete your registration please SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT with Center for Community secretary Ms. Beth Standish. Click here: Make your appointment with Ms. Standish.

All trips require a $100 deposit ($50 non refundable 30 days prior to travel) that is made when you meet with Ms. Standish in the Center for Community.

At this 15 minute meeting please be prepared to complete supplemental forms specific to your trip. 

Please also bring the following (if you show up to your appointment without these items you will be asked to reschedule):

  • Valid driver's license, non-driver ID, or passport (The name on this identification must match exactly the name you provided above on the Volunteer Information Form)

  • A medical insurance card (or photo of the card front and back) for the policy on which you are enrolled. Many trip participants bring a picture on their phone that they can then email to Ms. Standish while in the meeting

  • Cash, Check, Debit / Credit Card, or Venmo to pay your $100 deposit

We look forward to working with you to engage in the important work of Livingston CARES! Please email cares@geneseo.edu if you have any questions or issues with the registration.