Day of Service, a campus-wide community service project linking groups of HWS students with different community sites, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29. Day of Service is currently in its 19th year and has the greatest participation for any HWS service activity.
“This year we were hoping to get 250 students to participate, and we’ve already reached 300,” says Caitlin Hughes ’12, who is organizing the event with co-chair Celeste Smith ’12. The two are part of the Days of Service student club at HWS, which works to plan events throughout the school year that provide an opportunity for the HWS and Geneva community to come together through service.
Among the organizations that students will visit Saturday are AgriBusiness Child Development, American Legion Winnek Post 396, Happiness House, Geneva Business Improvement District, Geneva Community Center, Granger Homestead, Phelps Art Center, Sonnenberg Gardens, and more.
The Days of Service club worked closely with Assistant Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning Jeremy Wattles to create a rewarding service program for the weekend.
Day of Service takes place from 12 to 4 p.m. All participants will meet on the Quad for the event’s kickoff and lunch will be provided directly before heading out into the community. Volunteers will each receive a free T-shirt with the new Days of Service logo featuring colorful hands and a playground. The logo is a nod to nationally-acclaimed non-profit KaBOOM! with whom the Colleges partnered for the first Day of Service this year during Orientation. The organization’s founder, Darell Hammond, provided the Convocation Address at the start of the academic year and HWS community members will work with KaBOOM! on a local playground initiative in the spring.
“We are playing off KaBOOM’s inspiration; Day of Service is about trying to keep community connections strong,” Hughes says.
All HWS community members are encouraged to participate. Registration is being accepted online http://tinyurl.com/oct29dos and individuals can sign up by themselves, or representing a group up to 12 people. Day of Service representatives will be tabling in Scandling all this week.