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Spring into Action

As spring arrives in Geneva, HWS students prepare to venture into the community for the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning’s final Day of Service of the 2012-2013 academic year. On Saturday, April 13, students are asked to meet on the Quad at noon, where they will be assigned to locations throughout the Greater Geneva community, aiding with community projects, cleaning parks, washing windows, and providing other much-needed services.

The day will include construction on the next phase of building on the Geneva Lakefront Community Playground. Although the build was completed in October 2012, due to overwhelming support, the project has exceeded its initial fall goal of $100,000, expanding sights to $120,000 to include more equipment. Funds raised by the Geneva Community Projects committee have enabled the purchase of two new additions. Students will work to install a tire swing as well as a bobble rider.

Saturday’s volunteer efforts will also include an e-waste collection project with a neighbor’s group in Geneva’s Hildreth Hill neighborhood, where students will help to direct traffic and unload and sort any items collected. The Seneca7 relay race committee will receive some help, too, with volunteers working on pre-race day preparations. The 77.7 mile race around Seneca Lake has quickly become a celebrated local event and is organized by HWS students and staff.

A select group of students will remain on campus to assist with rain barrel construction for the Finger Lakes Institute as part of the Arts Experience Festival. Other projects include cleaning up Gulvin Park and Washington Street Cemetery, lending a hand at Zion Lutheran and St. Peter’s churches, and organizing props and attire at the Geneva Theatre Guild’s costume storage facility in downtown Geneva.

For more information about the Day of Service and volunteer opportunities, please contact the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning at serve@hws.edu.