Over the past eight years, the HWS community has donated nearly $40,000 to the United Way of Ontario County as thousands of items have found a second use during the Community Barn Sale. This year, the Barn Sale takes place on Thursday, May 22, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds will be benefit the United Way and Geneva 2020.
“We really want to support the United Way, and also expand our commitment to support Geneva 2020,” explains Jeremy Wattles, Assistant Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL). “This is an opportunity to honor that commitment.”
For students, donation bins are located in: Rees Hall (1st Floor Lounge), Sherrill Hall (1st Floor Entry Way), Bartlett Hall (1st Floor Lounge), Sill House (Lounge), McDaniels House (Front Entryway), McCormick House, Caird Hall (1st Floor Lounge), Community Service House (1st Floor), Geneva Hall, de Cordova Hall (1st Floor Lounge), Emerson Hall (1st Floor Hallway), Comstock House (Lobby Area), Hirshson House (Lobby Area), Durfee Hall (1st Floor Lounge), Medbery Hall, and Cloverleaf House.
For staff and faculty, Barn Sale donation information is as follows: The College Store and the Village at Odell’s Pond parking lots on May 6, as well as May 8 – 13, between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m., and again from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and from May 14 – 17, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Donation drop off is also available at The Barn on May 15 – 17, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; May 18 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and May 19-20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“As students are cleaning out their rooms at the end of the semester, we want them to think about what they are willing to part with and how they do so,” says Wattles, who has been working with Adam Maurer, sustainability manager. “We want to educate campus about sustainability and how what we throw away has consequences that are in our backyard.”
Putting less trash in landfills positively impacts the larger community. The two landfills in the greater Geneva area are Seneca Meadows, in Seneca Falls, and the Ontario County Landfill, between Geneva and Canandaigua.
In addition to the ecological impact of the sale, Wattles points to another local benefit: “Items that would otherwise be thrown away find a second home. We provide items at really cheap price for community members,” he explains.
This year’s Barn Sale student coordinator is Eco-Rep Chavon Thomas ’15, a women’s studies major and a double minor in public policy and the writing colleague program. As part of the Eco-Rep program, she has been educating fellow students about ways to lead more sustainable lives.
“The Barn Sale keeps items that are in good condition out of the landfills and allows the community to reuse them,” she says. “Not only does the sale benefit the community in that way, but also the United Way extends that community service by helping even more people who are in greater need.”
Students, faculty, staff, and Geneva community members are invited to donate items to the Barn Sale, including small appliances, small furniture, clothing for women, men and children, books, household items, shoes, computers, TVs, toys and games, sporting goods, and more.
E-waste will also be collected, including TVs, computers, printers, DVD or VCR players, batteries, etc., in order to keep them from ending up in landfills either locally or overseas. The collected e-waste will be recycled and properly disposed.
The Geneva 2020 initiative is rooted in the collective impact model aimed at ensuring that high school students in the local community have the skills necessary to graduate from high school and to effectively pursue a career or further college education. The program has already helped move the local high school graduation rate from 70% in 2010 to 82% in 2013, and to increase the number of local high school students entering college from 74% in 2009 to 76% in 2013.
The Community Barn Sale is sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, the Office of Sustainability, Residential Education, and Student Affairs.