As students begin to depart from campus for the summer, Hobart and William Smith Colleges are making preparations for the sixth annual, end of the year, “HWS Community Barn Sale,” on Thursday, May 19. Featuring household items donated by students moving out of their residences, the sale keeps items no longer needed from going to waste – while at the same time benefiting the community.
With the help of the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning (CCESL), William Smith students Anna Hineline ’11 and Faith James ’13 are working to collect 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.
Since the event’s inception, approximately $21,534.00 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.
During the sale, there will also be an e-waste collection. Disposing of electronic items is an important part of the closing of the residence halls, but can be a difficult task. 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.