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Service Trip Opportunities 2019

Thirteen years ago in August, 2005 during the first weekend of the fall semester, the campus and the country watched the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. The campus and the community responded by creating Livingston CARES to help in the recovery efforts.  Since 2005, 968 students, faculty/staff/ community residents/alumni responded and participated in 40 service trips to Biloxi to help the people on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. In 2017, we watched the devastation of three major hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. Livingston CARES responded by establishing the 2017 Hurricane Relief and Recovery Fund to assist low-income families and communities affected by Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria. In 2018, Livingston CARES volunteers participated in two service trips each to Florida, Texas and to Puerto Rico. More service trips to each of those locations, plus trips to Atlanta, GA; Biloxi, MS; and Brooklyn, NY are planned for 2019.  

Please see below our planned service trips for 2019. All registration paperwork is being collected electronically. Please review the following document for detailed instructions to the registration process: Registration Instructions - Livingston CARES Alternative Break Service Trips 2019.

2019 Service Trips For up to date numbers on available spaces on all service trips please contact Garth Freeman at freemang@geneseo.edu / 585-245-5893 or Nick Palumbo at palumbnon@geneseo.edu / 585-245-6493

Saturday, January 12 to Saturday, January 19 (Deadline to apply and pay full fees is November 1, 2018)

Puerto Rico (Full, but could be put on a wait list) Spend your Alternative Break Service Trip supporting fellow Americans in Puerto Rico as they continue the rebuilding efforts in response to Hurricane Maria in the Fall of 2017. This hands-on experience will provide volunteers the opportunity to connect with local community members while providing the much-needed labor to make homes safer and more storm resistant in the future.

Houston, TX (One remaining spot available) The Gulf Coast was hit in the Fall of 2017 by Hurricane Harvey with high winds and extreme flooding. Livingston CARES Volunteers will be mobilized to engage in basic demolition and construction practices to contribute to ongoing efforts to remediate the damages of the storm and support the individuals and families directly impacted.

Florida Keys (Four remaining spots available) This service experience will engage participants in the recovery and rebuilding efforts in response to Hurricane Irma in the Fall of 2017. Volunteers will work in Big Pine on the homes of individuals and families that were directly impacted by the storm and will have the chance to connect with the local community to hear their stories of survival and resilience.   

Saturday, March 16 to Saturday, March 23

Puerto Rico  (Full, but could be put on a wait list) Spend your Alternative Break Service Trip supporting fellow Americans in Puerto Rico as they continue the rebuilding efforts in response to Hurricane Maria in the Fall of 2017. This hands-on experience will provide volunteers the opportunity to connect with local community members while providing the much-needed labor to make homes safer and more storm resistant in the future.   

Atlanta, GA  The Atlanta Project – Travel with SUNY Geneseo Provost Stacey Robertson and Associate Professor of History Cathy Adams for a unique service and educational experience. Students will visit museums and cultural landmarks, and contribute to service work in local institutions, to gain insights into the history of the Civil Rights movement and learn how that legacy is impacting the lives of residents to this day.   

Biloxi, MS  In 2005 Hurricane Katrina provided the catalyst to form Livingston CARES. In response to the storm we have sent volunteers to the same community for over a decade to help in the immediate and long-term recovery efforts. Our efforts have evolved over the years and include both storm damage remediation as well as actions that address the impacts of poverty in the region.

Florida Panhandle -  Travel to the area impacted by Hurricane Michael to engage in the important early recovery work in the community. Volunteers will support homeowners in demolition and rebuilding efforts to support individuals and families directly impacted by the hurricane. Volunteers will have the opportunity to interact directly with residents and community members to hear their stories of resilience and foster relationships, empathy, and understanding.

Brooklyn, NY  Travel to Brooklyn NY by van from Geneseo to continue the long-term recovery work from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Participants will stay in Red Hook, Brooklyn and will work to make homes more resistant to damage from future storms. Students will have the opportunity to meet residents and make an immediate impact on their quality of life.

Florida Keys  This service experience will engage participants in the recovery and rebuilding efforts in response to Hurricane Irma in the Fall of 2017. Volunteers will work on Big Pine in the homes of individuals and families that were directly impacted by the storm and will have the chance to connect with the local community to hear their stories of survival and resilience. 

Saturday, May 18 to Saturday, May 25

Puerto Rico  Spend your Alternative Break Service Trip supporting fellow Americans in Puerto Rico as they continue the rebuilding efforts in response to Hurricane Maria in the Fall of 2017. This hands-on experience will provide volunteers the opportunity to connect with local community members while providing the much-needed labor to make homes safer and more storm resistant in the future. 

Florida Keys  This service experience will engage participants in the recovery and rebuilding efforts in response to Hurricane Irma in the Fall of 2017. Volunteers will work on Big Pine in the homes of individuals and families that were directly impacted by the storm and will have the chance to connect with the local community to hear their stories of survival and resilience.