The second Day of Service of the academic year will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18. Continuing the theme of food, hunger and justice adopted for the service learning component of Orientation, participants will return to the Colleges’ Fribolin Farm and the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church to resume efforts with community gardening, in addition to providing much-needed assistance at a number of sites throughout the Geneva area.
“I’m hopeful we can continue the community garden work and perhaps partner with other neighborhoods for the long term,” says Jeremy Wattles, assistant director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, noting it’s a unique experience for students to be able to return to the same project over time and see the progress made.
During Orientation, first-year students began constructing a greenhouse in which students in the ENV301: Senior Integrative Experience course are growing vegetables to donate to the Geneva Community Lunch Program. As part of the second Day of Service, volunteers will construct a compost bin, turn over new garden spaces and weed existing gardens, and plant garlic, among other activities.
A number of students will work in a community garden that was created by HWS students and community members at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, as well as distribute fliers to the community about the garden as a new resource.
Students will also work with Geneva community members at Geneva Peeps, where they will build raised beds and seed cover crops, and at Gulvin Park, where they will lend their talents to face painting and pumpkin painting, overseeing a hay maze and serving hot chocolate, donuts and apple cider in celebration of fall.
Additionally, volunteers from the HWS community will work with community partners such as Beverley Animal Shelter; Challenger Baseball; Geneva Theatre Guild; Hillside Children’s Center; Kashong Conservation Area; Ontario Pathways; Phelps Community Center; St. Peter’s Episcopal Church; Teen Center at the Geneva Community Center; and Geneva Public Library.