HWS’s Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) raised a record amount of $8,736 at this year’s Community Barn Sale, topping last year’s success by almost $500. Over the 10-year life span of the sale, the HWS Community has managed to raise a total of $56,000 in support of local charities and education initiatives.
This year’s proceeds will support the Geneva 2020 initiative, a collaborative effort between HWS and the Geneva City School District (GCSD) in advancing career and college readiness, graduation rates, and literacy rates of K-12 students. Through this program, students have developed relationships with HWS students via reciprocal participation in extra-curricular activities. Geneva students visited the HWS campus, while HWS students have ventured to GCSD events such as book fairs, science nights, and the Festival of Nations.
In addition to providing local organizations with financial assistance, the environment will also benefit. More than 17,000 pounds (approximately 8 tons) of materials have been diverted from nearby landfills. Lightly used goods have found new homes, and those that remained have been donated to other local charities such as the Beverly Animal Shelter, Salvation Army, and Safe Harbors. CCESL’s partnership with The Office of Sustainability also worked towards deflecting the issue of inappropriate electronic disposal by launching an e-waste recycling effort for all unwanted electronics and spare parts.
CCESL looks forward to continuing events like the Barn Sale, says Jeremy Wattles, CCESL associate director.
“I am grateful to my colleagues who volunteered their time the day of the sale, to the student workers who spent many hours collecting and organizing items, and to the New Visions Program high school students who volunteered their time as well. The Barn Sale was a tremendous success and we hope that it will also help move Geneva 2020 forward.”