In the past month, volunteers from HWS have cleaned the shores of Seneca Lake, weeded and planted gardens in the community, groomed dogs and cats, sorted books, among other activities, as part of the first two Days of Service. This Sunday, Nov. 2, volunteers will spread their reach to the youngest members of the Geneva community when the Kids’ Service festival and other child-focused activities wrap up this year’s Days of Service initiative.
The event begins at noon on the Quad, where participants will then be grouped into service teams and move to their respective sites.
In the Barn, there will be a variety of activities planned for parents and kids (ages 8 and younger), age-appropriate snacks, and T-shirts for all participants. Parents should plan on staying with their children the entire time.
A number of Hobart and William Smith athletic teams are hosting sports clinics in the field house and on the turf (weather-permitting). Some participants will be working with Seneca Falls Head Start program, the only off-campus site of this Day of Service.
Everyone will gather again at the Barn for pizza at the end of the day (approximately 3 or 3:30 p.m.).
“The three ‘pillars’ of service: environment, community well-being and youth and literacy were based on the idea that volunteers get more out of the work they do when they are doing something they care about,” explained 2008 DOS Co-Chair Jillian Petrella ’09. “We put that idea into action by turning the three pillars into three different Days of Service.”
Sponsored by the President’s Office, Student Affairs, 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 (CCESL) Katie Flowers, the Days of Service program is an important step to further connect people to community service opportunities, the first step in CCESL’s “COMPASS” strategy.
You can register online at: http://campus.hws.edu/stu/publicservice/dos/dosreg.asp