HWS Hosts Community Barn Sale – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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HWS Hosts Community Barn Sale

With the conclusion of the academic year at Hobart and William Smith, the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCSEL) is geared up to host its 10th annual Community Barn Sale on Thursday, May 21. The Barn Sale will take place at the Barn on St. Clair Street from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“The Community Barn Sale is an incredible opportunity to engage in community service, enhance one’s environmental consciousness, and embrace sustainability,” says Community Barn Sale Coordinator Sophie Halter ’16. “Moreover, the Community Barn Sale is an excellent example of how one organized community event provides for the needs of its members.”

This past month, Barn Sale volunteers have been collecting a variety of used items from residence halls and the College Store. Items ranging from clothes to household appliances will be sold at reasonable prices. The Office of Sustainability has partnered with CCESL to help organize an e-waste collection containing electronic items or spare parts, with all materials going toward recycling efforts.

“The Barn Sale helps us threefold: we offer gently used items to community members at low prices, all proceeds go directly into our collective impact education initiative Geneva 2020, and we also keep thousands of pounds of material out of local landfills,” CCSEL Associate Director Jeremy Wattles. “We hope this will meet the needs of the local community and contribute to the important goal of environmental stewardship.”

Since 2006, the Barn Sale has raised over $47,000 for the community. This year, CCSEL’s goal is to raise over $10,000. All proceeds will go to Geneva 2020, an initiative to assist the Geneva City School District on key goals including increasing the graduation rate, boosting literacy levels, and improving career and college readiness.

“It’s the 10th anniversary of the Community Barn Sale with over $47,000 raised to support area non-profit agencies, and literally tons of useable goods diverted from local land-fills, we consider this event a win-win,” CCSEL Director Katie Flowers. “We appreciate the efforts of our campus colleagues, especially Buildings and Grounds, Residential Education and the Finger Lakes Institute, who work hard to ensure that donations find a good home. Adding to the positive atmosphere is that everyone loves a bargain!”

Last year, the Community Barn Sale raised $8,254.17 for the United Way of Ontario County and Geneva 2020.

For more information, please contact the CCSEL at (315) 781-3825 or serve@hws.edu.