This year’s spring Day of Service will be highlighted by an Arbor Day Foundation tree planting event, a collaborative project with the Geneva Neighborhood Revitalization Program, as well as work at nearly a dozen other sites across the greater region. Day of Service takes place from 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 14.
Recently honored as a 2012 Tree Campus USA, Hobart and William Smith Colleges will be the site of the tree-planting event, where volunteers will plant up to 75 trees on the William Smith Hill.
“Hobart and William Smith Colleges are honored and excited to pay tribute to the legacy of William Smith by planting these trees and proud to be selected by the Arbor Day Foundation to be a part of this event,” says HWS Grounds Manager David Iannicello.
In collaboration with the Geneva Neighborhood Revitalization Program, Day of Service volunteers will work alongside community members to clean-up The Arbors neighborhood, which is located between Nursery Avenue and Pre-Emption Road on the west side of Geneva.
Additional sites include The Geneva Center for Concern, Hillside Children’s Center, Geneva Middle and High schools, Paint a Plug Project, the Kashong Nature Preserve, the Bishop Nature Preserve and Beverly Animal Shelter.
On Saturday, participants will meet on the Quad at noon for the event’s kickoff and lunch. Volunteers should wear old Day of Service T-shirts from previously attended events. After returning, snacks will be provided.
Thanks to the hard work of Celeste Smith ’12 and Caitlin Hughes ’12, and the sponsorship of the Center for Community Engagement & Service-Learning, this semester’s day of service is set to be one of the biggest yet.
Day of Service, a campus-wide community service project linking groups of HWS students with different community sites, is currently in its 19th year and has the greatest participation for any HWS service activity.
All HWS and local community members are encouraged to participate. Registration is being accepted online at http://www.tinyurl.com/aprildayofservice and individuals can sign up by themselves, or representing a group up to 12 people. Day of Service representatives will be tabling in Scandling Campus Center this week.