HWS students are continuing a tradition of community engagement this year with not one, but three DayS of Service. Initiated in 2008, DayS of Service provides the opportunity for HWS students and the greater Geneva community to come together in a collective effort.
“I want to engender more positive relations with the Geneva community,” says Belinda Littlefield ’11, co-chair of DayS of Service, “to emphasize that HWS students care about the community in which we all live.”
Littlefield and co-chair Brandon Lawson ’11 both served on the DayS of Service committee last semester and participated in the event as first-years. “When I was given the opportunity to become co-chair I was excited to be able to bring a new perspective to the event and oversee fellow students working to help others,” Lawson explains. “We are both honored and excited to be such a big part of keeping this tradition alive with support from the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning,” added Littlefield.
The first Day of Service will take place on Saturday, Oct. 3. Activities and sites include the New York State Special Olympics in Seneca Falls, apple-picking and pie-baking with Rev. Lesley Adams, Literacy Fest in Seneca Falls, Finger Lakes Family 5 K (a “Fun Run” to benefit the Community Center and Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes), trail maintenance on the Ontario Pathways and the Cay-Sen Trailway, dry-walling a home for Habitat For Humanity, and cleaning up the shoreline along Seneca Lake. On Sunday, Oct. 4, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraising walk will take place at the Waterloo Outlets. Breakfast, lunch, and transportation will be available for DayS of Service volunteers, along with entertainment.
Even if Saturdays are busy, there’s still a chance to take part in DayS of Service this year. On Sunday, Nov. 8, in collaboration with the Hobart Statesmen and William Smith Herons, students will have the opportunity to coordinate sports clinics for local youth. On Sunday, March 27, 2010, they can help the community with spring-cleaning, which may include a clean-up behind the Geneva Centre Plaza and the Wayne County Animal Society.
Whether a seasoned veteran of service-learning or a new member of the Colleges’ community, the Days of Service provide a great way to make friends and meet others. “DayS of Service is an exciting and easy way to get involved in meaningful community service to and with the community,” says Katie Flowers, associate director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. “Students can sign up individually, which is a fun way to meet other students, or register as a group if looking for a team project.”
“My favorite part of volunteering for DayS of Service is seeing how much fun students can have serving the community,” reflects Lawson. “Not only are you able to do meaningful work that is truly appreciated, you are able to do it in a wonderful community with your best friends.”
To sign up for the first Day of Service, please click here.
The photo above features last year’s clean up of the shore along Seneca Lake State Park.