The Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning (CCESL) at Hobart and William Smith Colleges has added another organization to its extensive list of local service agencies with whom it places students and offers volunteer assistance. HWS Jumpstart Corps members volunteer at the New York State Agri-business Child Development Program (ABCD) center in Geneva, assisting in the infant and toddler rooms, as well as the preschool.
Andrea Crisanti, the education coordinator of Geneva ABCD, is thankful the children have the influence of several HWS students in their lives and stated that staff at the center “Are simply thrilled with the support and hope to see it continue into the spring semester!”
The New York State Agribusiness Child Development Program (ABCD) has provided services to children of migrant farm workers and other income-eligible, agricultural workers across New York State since 1946. The Program serves between 1,500 and 1,800 children per year in 11 licensed childcare centers.
At this time, the Geneva ABCD center is not accepting additional classroom volunteers; however, opportunities remain in their health services and lending library areas. If interested, students should contact the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In the photo above, HWS members of Jumpstart are getting into the spirit of the season by helping to distribute gifts to area children at Agri-Business Child Development. American Eagle workers from Eastview, Marketplace, and Greece malls in Rochester helped support the holiday project.