Hobart and William Smith Colleges are making preparations for their fifth annual, end of the year, “HWS Community Barn Sale,” on Thursday, May 20. Initiated five years ago, the sale features items donated by students bound home for the summer. It keeps items they no longer need or can’t fit into cars from going to waste, while at the same time benefiting the community.
A group of students led by junior Anna Hineline are working with Sarah Meyer and the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning (CCESL) to collect items such as furniture, appliances, lamps, kitchen items, rugs and other household items. Once collected, the items will be priced and set up for sale in the Barn on St. Clair Street. Katie Flowers, associate director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) and Kristen Tobey, assistand director of Residential Education were recently interviewed on the Finger Lakes News Radio morning news about the sale. The interview is available online.
Since the event’s inception, approximately $15,500 has been raised, 100 percent of which has been donated to the United Way of Ontario County.
“It’s great to have the students at Hobart William Smith Colleges take an active part in making a difference in our local community. They are an excellent example of what it means to ‘Live United’ – working together to address the issues facing our community making it a better place for all. The students’ hard work and efforts will definitely make an impact,” says Rhoda Childs, regional director of United Way of Ontario County.
The collection also includes clothing and food, items that are donated directly to local non-profit agencies and food banks.
Although not part of the barn sale, an e-waste collection is also an important part of the closing of the residence halls. E-waste are electronic items that no longer work but can be recycled and salvaged for parts. These items include, but are not limited to, televisions, computers, VCRs, and batteries. Other offices assisting with the Community Barn Sale include, Residential Education, Buildings and Grounds, Campus Safety, Conferences and Events, The Finger Lakes Institute, and The Environmental Sustainability Office.
The HWS Community Barn Sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Items will be half-price between 2 and 4 p.m. To maintain traffic flow, shoppers are asked to park in the lot on St. Clair and walk across the street to the Barn. For further information, please contact the CCESL at (315) 781-3825.