April is National Volunteer Month

A geneseo student pushing a wheelbarrow during a spring service event in the Abroretum.

Join students, faculty, staff, and community members to celebrate and engage in National Volunteer Month! Find a project that works for you and give back to the Geneseo community. 

There is so much to get involved with this spring in Geneseo! From farm and garden work, to neighborhood cleanups, to Geneseo Goes to Town, and Relay for Life, this month has something for everyone. Check out the opportunities and find a way to give back and connect with YOUR community. More projects will be added over the next few weeks so check back often and see what's happening. If you have a project you'd like to include please let us know - we'd love to add it to the growing list of opportunities - email: vc@geneseo.edu.

Events and Activities:
Battle of the Greeks Food Drive - Friday April 1 - Saturday April 9 

Food Security Advocates is organizing our second annual Battle of the Greeks food drive. This food drive is open to all Greek organizations and the one to donate the most goods will win a $100 Visa gift card. All proceeds will go towards our Backpack Lunches for Kids Program. For information on how to participate please contact fsa@geneseo.ed

Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk - Saturday, April 2

10 AM check in, walk begins at 11 AM 

Sisters Making a Change (SMAC) is coordinating the Out of the Darkness Walk. All proceeds go to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention for suicide prevention and awareness. People can register or donate at https://afsp.org/geneseo.

Gumbo to Go - Thursday, April 7

Gumbo to Go is Livingston CARES semi-annual fundraiser. We rely on volunteers to help prepare and serve gumbo on this day to raise money to support student service trip scholarships. 

Volunteer jobs will include prepping food throughout the morning and afternoon, clean up throughout the day, packaging the meals, and serving / distributing meals during the evening hours.  

All volunteer shifts will take place on Thursday April 7, 2022 at the Central Presbyterian Church - 31 Center St, Geneseo, NY 14454. Please sign up to schedule your shift today: Spring 2022 Gumbo to Go Volunteer Sign Up

If you are not able to volunteer but want to support our event please consider buying some gumbo dinners @ $12 a piece for gumbo, rice, cornbread, and pralines, and help spread the news of our event. Visit: https://www.geneseo.edu/livingston-cares to order your gumbo today!

Red Cross Blood Drive - Monday, April 18

10 AM - 5 PM in the MacVittie Union Ballroom

Sign up to donate blood here: Find Your Drive - enter the zip code 11454, find our drive and schedule your donation

Find out how you can volunteer at the drive here: redcross@geneseo.edu 

Volunteer at Great Day - Thursday, April 21

GREAT Day will be in person this year on Thursday, April 21st, and we're seeking student volunteers to help make GREAT Day a success.

GREAT Day volunteers will do things like helping to set up and break down the ballroom for the poster sessions, staffing the check-in desk at the ballroom entrance, putting up signs, and tracking attendance at sessions. We need volunteers during the afternoon of April 20th and all day on GREAT Day.

All volunteers will receive a GREAT Day t-shirt.

Students who are able to volunteer should complete this sign-up form: https://forms.gle/2AwcnJh6k2ani2pJ7

Geneseo Goes to Town - Saturday, April 23

Projects throughout the day from 10 AM to 4 PM 

Every spring Geneseo students serve in towns and villages all across Livingston County for Geneseo Goes to Town. Put on your Geneseo gear and work on a local farm, clean up a park, clear a trail, or sort donations. The office of student volunteerism and community engagement partners with local service organization Livingston Cares to facilitate the day. Sign up as an individual or as part of a group, large or small. Follow this link to register and select your project today: Geneseo Goes to Town 2022 Sign Up

Food Security Advocates' Hunger Banquet - Sunday April 24

4 - 6 PM in the Hunt Room, MacVittie College Union

Join fellow students to learn about the impact of poverty and hunger on millions of people throughout the world. Hunger affects everyone, in countries rich and poor, in urban and rural areas, and everywhere in between. This experience is intended to raise awareness of the food crisis that is affecting some 30 million women, children, and men across the globe and in our local community. 

Participants will take part in an immersive dining experience that illustrates the inequities and power structures inherent in food production and distribution.

To learn how you can participate email: fsa@geneseo.edu

Relay for Life - Sunday, April 30

Join students, faculty, staff, and community members in the fight against cancer! The annual Relay for Life event will bring together survivors, caregivers, and supporters of the cause for an action-packed, interactive, IN PERSON event to raise funds and awareness for the work of the American Cancer Society. Hundreds of students will camp out in the Ira S. Wilson Ice Arena for one night of fun, fundraising, and raising awareness and solidarity in the fight agains cancer

Please consider joining a team, donating, and participating in whatever way you can: Geneseo 2022 Relay for Life