Teams of eager students filed onto the Quad Saturday morning for the 16th annual Day of Service (DOS). Dedicated to the environment, this was the first of this year’s inaugural Days of Service. Traveling to eight sites throughout the region, the teams improved the environment in the region by cleaning the shore of Seneca Lake, clearing a trail on the Keuka Outlet, weeding and planting gardens in the community and more.
The service events aim to connect college and community members with local non-profit organizations that need volunteers to work on various tasks that wouldn’t be completed otherwise. The goal of DOS has always been to bring the Colleges and the community together in the spirit of donating a few hours of one day to help the local organizations that are committed to helping the community.
On Saturday, the nearly 200 HWS student volunteers and many HWS faculty and staff also worked at the Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic, Spring Wagon Orchards in Penn Yan, the Canal Trail in Waterloo, North Street School and Seneca Park in Geneva.
As co-chairs of DOS 2008, Jillian Petrella ’09 and Katie Taylor ’09 have been working to further develop DOS to make it an even better event for the HWS and Geneva community to share. This year’s goal was to extend last year’s pillars of service (youth literacy, community well-being and the environment) into three separate Days of Service.
“We hope that Days of Service will become an integral way in which HWS and Geneva community members find a way to lose themselves in service,” Petrella says.
Sponsored by the President’s Office, Student Affairs, the William Smith Dean’s Office, Hobart Student Government, William Smith Congress and advised by Associate Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning Katie Flowers, the Days of Service program is an important step to further connect people to community service opportunities, the main goal of CCESL’s “COMPASS” strategy.
James Landi ’08, sustainability coordinator, said in his address to the volunteers before they went off to their respective sites, “This event truly evokes the heart and purpose of our institution; to work and serve toward the betterment of our communities on all levels.”