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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, over 1,300 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 to Florida, two service trips to Texas and two service trips to Puerto Rico. More service trips to each of those locations are in the planning stages for 2019  

Please see below our planned service trips for 2019.

Where to Register for Livingston CARES Service Trips

All paper work and registration fees for Livingston CARES service trips should be brought to the Center for Community in MacVittie 353 or 354. One of the registration forms (Livingston CARES waiver form) must be signed in person in the presence of a notary.public. Beth Standish in MacVittie 354 is a notary public and will witness your signature and also accept registration forms and payment of fees for all service trips. If trips fill, we will accept additional registrations and create wait lists for each trip.

Normal business hours in the Center for Community are Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 4:15 pm. 

Spring 2019 Service Trips

Saturday, January 12 to Saturday, January 19
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.

Houston, TX 

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

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 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 

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.

Houston, TX

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.

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 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 11 to Saturday, May 18

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 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.