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Meet our Community Service Assistants!

The CSAs are students who serve as interns (for credit or as volunteers) with the Office of Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement to support the many efforts and initiatives of the office. There are 6 programs that currently have associated CSAs, and each carry their own set of responsibilities. The CSAs work independently and collaboratively with their CSA peers and the staff of the Center for Community to contribute positively to the programs and events of the office. 

Feel free to come and talk to any one of our Student Community Service Assistants in room CU 353A! If you have any questions with volunteering or coordinating a service project as an individual or organization, stop on by or shoot us an email at vc@geneseo.edu and we will be happy to help you! 

We will begin taking applications to fill CSA positions of 2019-2020 in the Spring of 2019. For more information about each of these positions and the application process, proceed to bottom of page. 

2018-2019 Community Service Assistants:

 

Bhumi Patel

Food Security Advocates Co-Chair

Samantha Marshall

Food Security Advocates Co-Chair

Major: Accounting            Minor: Finance

Graduation: December 2019

Hobbies: Playing sports, being active outdoors, exploring, giving back to the community

Favorite volunteer experience with/through Geneseo thus far: America Reads America Counts

Fun Fact: I live on a beef farm with chickens and polled Herefords, which is a type of brown and white cow.

Image of Samantha Marshall

Ladynel Loveras

Social Media and Publicity Coordinator

 

 

Dilynn Livesey

Livingston Cares Coordinator

Major: Business Administration

Graduation: 2019

Hobbies: Volunteering and learning new languages

Favorite volunteer experience with/through Geneseo thus far: Going to Beaumont, Texas with Livingston CARES 

Fun Fact: I was on an episode of Sesame Street as a kid.

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Patricia MacCasland

Student and Community Engagement Coordinator

Major: Childhood with Special Education        

Concentration: Environmental Issues

Graduation: Spring 2019

Hobbies: Playing music, eating, sleeping, hiking, traveling

Favorite volunteer experience with/through Geneseo thus far: Being an assistant coach for basketball and floor hockey through Special Olympics

Fun Fact: I went skydiving last summer over the Finger Lakes.

 

 

Sam Kesel

Higher Education Resource Opportunities in Schools Coordinator

Major: Psychology

Graduation: 2020

Hobbies: Hiking, going to the beach

Favorite volunteer experience with/through Geneseo thus far: This past year, I volunteered at Geneseo's Relay for Life with Colleges Against Cancer! As a volunteer I helped with things such as decorating and registration. It was such an amazing experience to help put on the event and to see so many students come together to raise money for a cause that helps so many people.

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Jamie MacBain

America Reads and Counts Co-Coordinator

Taylor Smithers

America Reads and Counts Co-Coordinator 

Major: Geological Science

Graduation: Spring 2019

Hobbies: Crocheting, reading, quilting, sleeping

Favorite volunteer experience with/through Geneseo thus far: Going on a Livingston CARES trip to Biloxi for spring break my first year here.

Fun Fact: I have an orange cat named Copper, if you want to get me talking just bring him up.

Image of Taylor Smithers and her cat, Copper.

CSA Position Descriptions

America Reads / America Counts Co-Coordinator

America Reads and America Counts is a federally funded tutoring program for students in grades K-6 that matches college students to local schools. The Co-Coordinator will work with an already selected senior who has served in the co-coordinator position previously and has extensive knowledge of the program. You will work together to facilitate the recruitment, training, and placement of tutors in the schools.

Position Responsibilities:
•    Coordinate college student placement at local schools for tutoring
•    Recruit students to the America Reads/Counts program
•    Host monthly meetings for tutors
•    Help manage content on America Reads/Counts website
•    Attend monthly staff meetings and participate in bi-weekly one-on-ones with coordinator
•    Support coordinator in other duties as requested

Hours: Approximately 4-5 hours a week, 8 hours a week if seeking internship credit

Compensation: This is a volunteer position, but students may obtain internship credit in a department with approval

Qualifications: 
•    Dependable
•    Organized
•    Previous experience with tutoring children
•    Willing and able to connect with local educators and current students
•    Creative ideas to improve tutoring programs
•    Able to take responsibility for projects and programs 

Livingston CARES Coordinator

Livingston CARES is a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to assisting communities and individuals locally, regionally, nationwide, and globally in humanitarian projects, including disaster relief and recovery efforts. In September 2005, our organization began as a response to Hurricane Katrina's devastation along the Gulf Coast. Livingston CARES continues serve communities impacted by natural disasters. In the 2017-18 academic year Livingston CARES organized trips to Brooklyn, NY; Houston, TX; Tampa, FL; Biloxi, MS; and Puerto Rico. The Livingston CARES CSA will support all CARES initiatives, particularly connecting Geneseo students to the opportunities presented by this unique non-profit.

Position Responsibilities:
•    Develop the annual Livingston Cares Report
•    Promote and help organize Livingston Cares trips to students
•    Assist with Gumbo to Go (twice annually)
•    Help manage content on Livingston Cares website
•    Organize Livingston Cares promotional materials 
•    Attend monthly staff meetings and participate in bi-weekly one-on-ones with coordinator
•    Support coordinator in other duties as requested

Hours: Approximately 4-5 hours a week, 8 hours a week if seeking internship credit

Compensation: This is a volunteer position, but students may obtain internship credit in a department with approval

Qualifications: 
•    Previous experience on a Livingston Cares trip (preferred) 
•    Dependable
•    Committed to the missions of the Center for Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement and Livingston Cares
•    Able to take responsibility for projects and programs 
•    Livingston Cares Student Board Member (preferred)

Social Media and Publicity Coordinator

This position is key to promoting all efforts of the Office of Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement to the college campus and larger community. The intern will work closely with all CSA Interns to collect information about projects and events and will use various social media platforms to generate interest, volunteers, and attention for each event. The intern will work closely with the Student and Community Engagement Coordinator CSA to generate excitement and energy for service and volunteerism.
 

Position Responsibilities:
•    Oversee and develop the office social media pages, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
•    Help manage content and design of office website, including managing the events calendar and promoting volunteer 
     opportunities 
•    Assist in the promotion of the Office of Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement as well as sponsored    
     projects
•    Design advertisements for annual events
•    Attend monthly staff meetings and participate in bi-weekly one-on-ones with coordinator
•    Support coordinator in other duties as requested

Hours: Approximately 4-5 hours a week, 8 hours a week if seeking internship credit

Compensation: This is a volunteer position, but students may obtain internship credit in a department with approval

Qualifications: 
•    Dependable
•    Flexible
•    Creative
•    Able to take responsibility for projects and programs 
•    Communications major preferred
•    Experience and general knowledge with graphic design programs and social media

Student and Community Engagement Coordinator

In this position the intern will have the opportunity to support all of the service and volunteer events and activities undertaken by the Office of Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement. They will be conducting outreach to campus and community groups, coordinating events, and establishing new partnerships that will provide an ever greater number of Geneseo students with opportunities to serve. They will work closely with the Social Media and Publicity Coordinator to share these events to the campus community and communities throughout the region. 

Position Responsibilities:
•    Organize the Spring service day: Geneseo Goes to Town Day of Service
•    Promote service program, projects, and opportunities to students
•    Promote the concept of civic engagement as a campus-wide effort
•    Serve as a liaison between community partner opportunities and student organizations
•    Work with student groups to coordinate service opportunities and track volunteer hours
•    Help manage content of office website
•    Work closely with Social Media and Publicity Coordinator to promote projects and connect students to service
•    Attend monthly staff meetings and participate in bi-weekly one-on-ones with coordinator
•    Support coordinator in other duties as requested

Hours: Approximately 4-5 hours a week, 8 hours a week if seeking internship credit

Compensation: This is a volunteer position, but students may obtain internship credit in a department with approval

Qualifications: 
•    Self-motivated
•    Dependable and flexible
•    Committed to promoting service and civic engagement
•    Involved in community service/volunteerism
•    Able to engage with students and community members
•    Organized and able to coordinate programs
•    Experience coordinating programs preferred

Applying to be a CSA

Timeline for Application Process

Applications accepted - Jan-April 

Applications Due - Beginning of April 

Interviews for Positions: Mid to late April

Applicants Notified of Decisions - May

Please direct any questions about the application process to Garth Freeman, Coordinator of Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement, at freemang@geneseo.edu