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HWS Hosts Community Barn Sale

Following in annual fashion, the Community Barn Sale to benefit the United Way of Ontario County will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, at the Barn located off of St. Clair St.

Those who wish to contribute prior to the event can donate items at the storage containers located at The College Store and Odell’s parking lots between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m., and again from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day until Friday, May 17.

Examples of donations include small appliances, clothing, small furniture, clothes for children, women and men, various household items, shoes, televisions, stereos and computers, books, toys and games, sporting goods, and much more.

The sale contains a wide range of items that are donated by members of the HWS staff, faculty, students and Geneva Community members. Volunteers then sort, price, and set up the items for display. Items range from furniture, to appliances, to kitchen items and rugs.

Adding to the Colleges’ mission for sustainability, during the Barn Sale there also will be an e-waste collection in which old and broken electronic items, including televisions, computers, VCRs and batteries can be safely collected and disposed.

This year, there will be about 30 students and 15 members of the faculty and staff helping to organize and facilitate the Barn Sale. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, Residential Education, and the Division of Student Affairs.

Assistant Director Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning Jeremy Wattles says the Barn Sale has been an annual success and is an important event for HWS and the Geneva community for several reasons.

Wattles says the Barn Sale has helped to divert literally tons of waste away from local landfills, and also helps to reiterate to students the importance of recycling and reuse. He says the Barn Sale also provides a way for community members to find used items at a low price, with all proceeds going to the United Way of Ontario County.

Over the past seven years, the Community Barn Sale has raised more than $33,000 for the United Way of Ontario County and has helped thousands of items find a second use. Last year’s event raised $5,462 for the United Way.

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.