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Community Engagement: Youth

Arc of Livingston-Wyoming: Kidstart

  • Mission:The KidStart mission is to support families and the community in the joys and challenges of childhood.
  • Website: https://lwarc.org/programs/kidstart-childrens-services/
  • Contact: Cindy Hick at 585-658-4023 ext. 4409
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Help with daycare programs and work with children of all ages in a variety of different activities
  • Location: 5871 Groveland Station Road, Mt. Morris, NY

Backpack Lunches for Kids

  • Program Description: There are children in the Livingston County community that get breakfast and lunch at school for a reduced price. On weekends and holiday breaks these children often go hungry. The Backpack Lunch Program will send children home with food they can easily prepare over the weekend. When selecting food for the Backpack Lunch Program, we are looking for kid-friendly, nutritious, and lightweight items with a long shelf life.
  • Contact: Garth Freeman, Coordinator of Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement: freemang@geneseo.edu
  • Volunteer Opportunities: We appreciate your donations! You can donate individual food items* or cases/boxes of food items. Please drop off food items in CU 353 and specify that your donation is for the Backpack Lunch Program.
  • *Food items in need: PB & crackers, Cheese & crackers, Fruit cups, Applesauce, Granola bars, Trail mix, Spaghettios, Breakfast bars, Individual cereal boxes, Juice boxes

Boy Scouts of America, Iroquois Trail Council

  • Website: https://www.scoutbook.com/mobile/directory/bsa-councils/376/iroquois-trail-council/
  • Contact: Scout Executive Jim McMullen at 585-343-0307 (Information Center for Batavia, NY office)
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Serve on a variety of committees/help with projects in the areas of finance, training, activities.  Help with events, camping, training. 
  • Location: #376 45 Liberty Street Suite 2, Batavia, NY, 14020

Camp Good Days and Special Times

  • Program Description: Programs and summer camps for adults and children with cancer, AIDS, etc.
  • Website: www.campgooddays.org
  • Contact: Shannon Grieve 585-624-5555
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Working with children at their summer camp, fundraising
  • Location:1332 Pittsford-Mendon Rd, Mendon, NY

Girl Scouts of Western New york

  • Website: www.gswny.org
  • Contact: Email Kim Howson at kim.howson@gswny.org
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Assist troop leaders with various activities, special events/promotions, mentor, assist with other projects.  Training provided.
  • Location: Various sites around Western New York

Goodwill

  • Website: http://www.goodwillfingerlakes.com
  • Contact: Good Guides Mentor- 585-683-1381 or goodguides@abvi-goodwill.com; Geneseo Goodwill, Theresa McKeel- tmckeel@abvi-goodwill.com
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Positions available for mentors who spend four hours per month with a youth in a one-to-one mentoring relationship, or for individuals wishing to lead one-time events such as educational presentations or service learning; help sort out store
  • Location: 4119 Lakeville Road, Geneseo, NY 14454

HEROS (Higher Education Resource Opportunities in Schools)

  • Program Description: To encourage high school students to go to college; Trained HEROS mentors work one-on-one each week with students that have been selected by their guidance counselor
  • Contact: Jordan Coffey, heros@geneseo.edu or Paula McClure at mcclurep@geneseo.edu
  • Website: HEROS website
  • Volunteer Opportunities: As a HEROS mentor, one is expected to complete a training workshop through GOLD entitled "Keys to Effective Mentoring", to show up each week for one hour to meet with mentee and to be an empathetic and non-judgmental supporter of a high school student
  • Additional Information: If you would like to be a mentor for the HEROS program, please complete the application found at HEROS Mentor Application

Hope Youth Mentoring Program

  • Program Description: Helping One Person Excel; Matches Geneseo students with at-risk youngsters in nearby communities
  • Website: www.aboutcclc.org
  • Contact: Call Kelsey Speicher at 585-658-4466 ext 15 or email kelsey.speicher@dor.orgOR the campus HOPE contact: hopeym@geneseo.edu
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Positions available for mentors; meeting one-on-one with a child
  • Location: Various sites around Livingston County

Hillside Family of Agencies

  • Mission: Hillside Family of Agencies provides individualized health, education, and human services in partnership with children, youth, adults, and their families through an integrated system of care.
  • Website: www.hillside.com
  • Contact: Call Mike Carroll at 585-256-7698 or email hcf@hillside.com
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Mentoring/Tutoring Program, reading to children/doing activities as a part of the Crestwood Children's Center, Fundraising events, and "Special Santa," a holiday project to give presents to children in need
  • Location: Various sites in the Greater Rochester Area including Mt. Morris
  • Additional Information: If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this form http://www.hillside.com/volform.aspx

Keyboard Kamp

  • Mission: Keyboard Kamp offers free piano, guitar and voice lessons to children (ages 8-15) in Livingston County
  • Contact: Geoff Clough, 585-727-6732 (preferred), mglclough@juno.com 
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Seeking college student musicians who are willing to teach one-on-one lessons to kids

Perry Cub Scouts

  • Contact: Geneseo Alumnae, Carisa Harding at 8.25dozer@gmail.com
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Help Scouts sell popcorn for the popcorn blitz; help with various events with the pack
  • Location: Various sites in Perry, NY 14530

Villa of Hope

Visiting Friends for Youth- Department of Social services

  • Contact: Christine Delesano at 585-243- 7300
  • Program Description: Training provided and volunteers are matched to a family. Volunteers are asked to fulfill a role by being an emotionally supportive friend to the child.
  • Location: 3 Murray Hill Drive, Mt. Morris, NY 14510