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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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Spring 2022

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.


Tutor High School Students

There are opportunities to support local high school students with tutoring in all subjects. Please contact Garth Freeman if you are interested in supporting local families with this volunteer opportunity: freemang@geneseo.edu


Geneseo-Groveland Emergency Food Pantry

The local village pantry is seeking volunteers throughout the month of March during these days / times: 
Thursday mornings (10 AM - 12 noon) on the 10, 17, 24 & 31
Thursday afternoon (12 noon - 2 PM) on the 24
Tuesday morning (10 AM - 12 noon) on the 22 

Please contact Pantry Coordinator Deb McLean at: ggefoodpantry@gmail.com / 991-8220 for more information


YWCA After School Programs

The GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Wyoming counties) YMCA coordinates after school programs that are seeking participation from Geneseo students. They are looking for hands on, educational and recreational programs for kids in grades K-5 to take place between 3:30 - 6:00 pm at the Batavia YMCA location. Please contact the volunteer office if you are interested or have questions: VC@geneseo.edu.


Holiday celebration with the HAFH students and loved ones

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


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. Our America Reads & Counts programs at SUNY Geneseo has been serving the local community since 2000.

We send college tutors to work in local elementary schools and after school programs. We have partnered with districts in Livingston County including Geneseo Central, Avon Central, Livonia Central, Dansville Central, Keshequa Central.  

If you are interested, please complete this interest form to receive updates from the student leadership team. Contact coordinator Julianna Wolf at americareadscounts@geneseo.edu with any questions.


Gumbo to Go - Livingston CARES Fundraiser - Thursday, April 7, Shifts 9:00 am - 7:30 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. Visit the Livingston CARES webpage for more information.


Parish Outreach Center - Shifts Monday - Thursdays, 9:00 am - Noon  

The Parish Outreach Center is an all-volunteer organization that provides a range of holistic services to those in need. We are looking for volunteers to accomplish any of the following activities; office/administrative tasks, working in the food pantry, organizing food, hygiene and paper product collections, and writing newsletter articles.

The Parish Outreach Center is located just off campus at the Geneseo United Methodist Church or 4520 Genesee Street (Route 63) Geneseo, NY 14454. Volunteer shifts will take place from 9:00am-noon on Mondays through Thursdays. If you are interested in volunteering please email geneseopoc@gmail.com for further instruction. 

For more information, feel free to check out the POC Website.


LIVES Program

The LIVES program offers opportunities for adult students with disabilities to come to campus on a daily basis to receive a college experience and education. Students are taught numerous life and social skills through academic classes. Every Friday, the LIVES program has an event called “Friday Festivities” from 1:00-2:15 PM, with hopes to get involved with campus groups and organizations. 

If you are a part of a campus group that would be interested in “Friday Festivities”, you can sign up through the Friday Volunteer Club Activities Form where you will be asked to put the time of the event, the club members that will be attending, and the activity planned. 

If you have any questions please reach out to either Taylor Baltz (tb26@geneseo.edu) or Megan Leczinsky (mal22@geneseo.edu).


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. We enjoy, knowing that every one of our products is from the earth and us, with love.

Volunteers would help partake in activities such as helping drill mushroom logs, trail clearing, stable clean-up, creating seed trays in the hoop, and more!

Contact Garth Freeman for more information and to set up your volunteer experience.


Next Red Cross Blood Drive - Monday April 18th, 10-4 in the MacVittie Union Ballroom

Make your appointment here


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.