The Hobart and William Smith tradition of civic engagement continues this year with the annual Days of Service, beginning Saturday, Oct. 23. Volunteers from the HWS community will meet on the quad at noon where they will receive lunch and embark on their tasks for the day.
Initiated in 2008, Days of Service provides the opportunity for HWS students and the greater Geneva community to come together in a collective effort on various days throughout the academic year. Thanks to the hard work and organization of Celeste Smith ’12, more than 150 students are expected to take part in this year’s first Day of Service, which is sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning.
This year, volunteers will split up among a number of sites such as the Geneva Theater Guild, Geneva Community Center, Cayuga-Seneca Trail and Sonnenberg Gardens. Community service projects at these sites will range from working with children to cleaning and organizing buildings, to gardening and clearing public trails.
Jeremy Wattles, assistant director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, explains that Days of Service is beneficial to everyone involved.
“The idea is not only to help the community, but to show students the range of volunteer opportunities in which they can become involved.” He hopes that providing students with a fun opportunity to get involved now will open for them “a pathway toward further engagement.”