As most students departed from campus for the summer, some stayed behind to help prepare for the Barn Sale, which took place in May. William Smith students Anna Hineline ’11 and Faith James ’13 worked to collect household items, price them and set up for what has become the annual Community Barn Sale, in the Barn on St. Clair Street. Their efforts and those of other volunteers, shoppers and donors proved to be a success.
“Through purchases, item donations, and time spent organizing and volunteering, HWS community members set a new record this year, raising $6,282 for the United Way of Ontario County,” says Jeremy T. Wattles, assistant director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning.
Furniture, appliances, lamps, kitchen items, rugs and other household goods were 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. The collection also includes clothing and food, items that are donated directly to local non-profit agencies and food banks.
While items were being collected for the sale, there was also 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 is 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. In addition to Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning, offices assisting with the Community Barn Sale included Residential Education, Buildings and Grounds, Campus Safety, Conferences and Events, The Finger Lakes Institute, and the Environmental Sustainability Office.
Since the event’s inception, approximately $21,534.00 has been raised, 100 percent of which has been donated to the United Way.
“It’s great to have the students at Hobart and 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.