The Colleges’ eighth Community Barn Sale recently raised a total of $6,000, exceeding last year’s profit. The Canandaigua National Bank doubled the amount raised as part of their Challenge for Children campaign, so the actual total distributed to the United Way of Ontario County as part of this year’s effort is $12,000. Since the Colleges have begun the program, $39,000 has been raised for the organization, which funds 31 nonprofit agencies in the region.
In addition to raising funds for a worthwhile cause, the Community Barn Sale helps fulfill Colleges’ mission of sustainability. During the Barn Sale there was an e-waste collection in which old and broken electronic items including televisions, computers, VCRs and batteries were collected.
Assistant Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL), Jeremy Wattles, says the Barn Sale has helped to divert tons of waste away from local landfills, and also helps to reiterate to students the importance of recycling and reuse.
Donations this year included small appliances, clothing, small furniture, clothes, various household items, shoes, televisions, stereos and computers, books, toys and games, sporting goods, and much more. These items are donated by members of the HWS staff, faculty, students and Geneva Community members. Wattles notes an additional benefit of the sale is that it provides a way for community members to find used items at a low price, with all proceeds going to the United Way of Ontario County.
The event was co-sponsored by CCESL, Residential Education, and the Division of Student Affairs.
Organizers thank the co-sponsors of the event as well as the resident assistants and staff from Residential Education for their attention to the goals of the Community Barn Sale during the “move-out” process, and for the continued partnership of the Buildings and Grounds staff, Campus Safety, Sodexo, United Way, and James Landi ’08, sustainability manager.
Thanks are also due to the students and HWS colleagues who volunteered for two weeks to help organize thousands of items, and to Civic Leader Emily Vollo ’14 for her leadership as the Community Barn Sale student coordinator. This year was a great success and the Colleges look forward to next year’s sale!