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Student Volunteer Opportunities

Use the Engage Geneseo website to submit a request and be matched with an agency, organization, non-profit, or other local entity for your service experience. We'll collect some basic information and will connect you with opportunities that meet your skills, interests, and passions.

Please contact Garth Freeman at freemang@geneseo.edu / 585-245-5893 if you have any questions.

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Fall 2021

Gumbo to Go - Livingston CARES Fundraiser - Thursday, Nov. 4, shifts 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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 November 4, 2021 at the Central Presbyterian Church - 31 Center St, Geneseo, NY 14454. Please sign up for one or more time slots - we need many hands to make this event a success! 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Garth Freeman at freemang@geneseo.edu / 585-245-5893.

If you are not able to volunteer but want to support the event please consider buying some gumbo dinners @ $12 a piece for gumbo, rice, cornbread, and pralines, and help spread the news of our event.


Blood Drive - Tues., Nov. 9 and Wed., Nov. 10, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in the (newly renovated!) MacVittie Ballroom

Sign up today to donate


Fantasy Football with the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities - Wed. 12/1 - 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Geneseo Interfaith Center - FREE PIZZA

This unique partnership with the Office of Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement Office and the the NY State Office of People with Development Disabilities (OPWDD) as part of their recreation programming of their supported housing community.

Volunteers will meet with the folks from OPWDD who have intellectual and developmental disabilities to engage and socialize, with Fantasy Football as the connection. Student volunteers will help to manage and monitor their fantasy football teams. No experience necessary other than an interest in engaging individuals in an inclusive and supportive way, and wanting to have fun! 

We will provide free pizza and salad for all participants! All session take place at the Geneseo Interfaith Center, 11 Franklin St - just past Lauderdale Health Center.

Please sign up here: Fantasy Football with OPWDD 


College student volunteer tutoring school aged children in reading

Volunteer with the RKids After School Program - Tues. / Thurs. 3-5:00 PM 

This dynamic after school tutoring and enrichment program fosters confidence, competence, and a sense of community connection among low-income students and families in the village of Geneseo. RKids students meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-5:00 pm at the Geneseo Interfaith Center, 11 Franklin St. The children engage in diverse and interactive programming that includes homework help, visits from student clubs and College departments, arts and crafts projects, and field trips to places on campus and in the local community. Students enrolled in RKids benefit from a 1:1 student to tutor ratio, access to college resources, and a curriculum built around their interests.

If you are interested in volunteering with RKids please complete this interest form and the student leadership team will reach out with next steps. If you have any question please feel free to reach out using the contact info below or email freemang@geneseo.edu.


Holiday celebration with the HAFH students and loved ones

Volunteering with the Home Away From Home Respite Program - Tues. / Thurs. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Home Away from Home Respite Program is a community-oriented intergenerational respite that connects trained SUNY Geneseo college students with older adults from our county who are dealing with memory-related diseases. Our ultimate goal is to provide a warm and caring environment where caregivers can drop off their loved ones at the program site and trained student volunteers, such as yourself, can engage in one-on-one interactions with clients and help out with meaningful activities. 

We are currently looking for student volunteers who would be interested in joining this unique program. Our student volunteers enjoy the chance to directly serve the community, build their resume, and gain valuable leadership experience. 

The program is run primarily by trained student volunteers making it an inter-generational opportunity from which everyone benefits.  We meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00-2:00 at the Interfaith Center which is just past Lauderdale Health Center during the college semester. Students are not expected to be there during the whole 8 hours, but a regular weekly commitment is needed.

If you are interested in applying download and complete this Application Form and email it to Sharon Leary, program coordinator (learys@geneseo.edu). You can find more info about the Home Away from Home program here: https://www.geneseo.edu/respite-center


Volunteering with the America Reads and Counts Tutoring Program - Schedules vary

The America Reads and Counts program was initiated in 1997 under the presidential rule of Bill Clinton.  It is a nationwide objective to get children in our school systems to read independently and fluently by the end of elementary school.  With the success of the America Reads program, the America Counts program was launched in 1999 with the initiative to improve students' mathematical skills.

Our America Reads & Counts programs at SUNY Geneseo have been serving the local community since 2000.  Through this program, we send college tutors to work in local elementary schools.  We currently partner with the following school districts in Livingston County:  Geneseo Central, Avon Central, Livonia Central, Dansville Central, Keshequa Central.  

We are making plans for the fall that take into consideration the dynamic COVID-19 and Delta variant situation. We are hopeful that tutors will be welcomed into school building but may also employ some virtual strategies to support as many young students as possible. 

The program is coordinated through the Office of Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement at SUNY Geneseo.

Complete this interest form to receive updates from the student leadership team. Contact co-coordinators Yasmin Khilji-Neal and Rachel Butchen at americareadscounts@geneseo.edu with any questions.


Leaf Raking
Students raking leaves at a local park

We are collecting names of students and student groups who are interested in raking leaves this fall. There are opportunities at local churches and cemeteries, as well as at local resident's homes. This project seeks to provide opportunities for students to learn about our community's rich history while giving back, and builds skills of teamwork and collaboration. Sign up to be added to our contact list here: Fall 2021 Leaf Raking Student Sign Up, or contact freemang@geneseo.edu for more information. 


Fallbrook Farms

A family farm just a mile and a half down route 63 is seeking help this spring to help get their gardens and grounds ready for planting and all the joys that summer brings to this region. With the following mission, Fallbrook seeks to bring individuals together to enjoy the beauty of nature and draw on its restorative power: we believe in transparent, regenerative practices from seed to sip. each of our formulas are developed by a board-certified acupuncturist and herbalist to ensure their efficacy.
enjoy, knowing that every one of our products is from the earth and us, with love. Contact Garth Freeman for more information and to set up your volunteer experience.


Community Partners

There are so many ways you can get involved both on-campus and off! The categories below list a variety of community partners we work with. Our partners provide great services to the community and are always in need of great volunteers like you! Browse the organizations and feel free to reach out to the contact if any pique your interest.

Want to learn more? Contact Stop by the Office of Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement (MacVittie Union 353) and ask to speak with Garth Freeman (freemang@geneseo.edu), Director of Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement.