The annual Day of Service, one of the traditional ways that students, faculty and staff work with the Geneva community, will begin this year at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 on the Quad.
The service will include projects in the city and surrounding areas, lending a hand to dozens of local civic groups and charitable organizations.
As part of this 15th anniversary event, the 2007 Day of Service will rest upon a “three-pillar format with service projects falling into these categories: youth literacy, community well-being, and the environment.
“We hope to spark greater community involvement, says co-chair of the Day of Service planning committee, Marisa Athas ’09. “I believe that the three pillars of service will make this 15th year stronger and better, so that we can truly “Celebrate Service and Celebrate Geneva.
The new organization will help participants work that day within the realm of their interest and desire. Similar to the Orientation question, “What do you stand for? participants are being encouraged to choose a field of interest to raise the level of knowledge, passion and whole-hearted participation in each project.
Organizers are hoping the new design will encourage participants to help more than once.
Athas and the other facilitators have also added a reflective period to Day of Service when students and faculty will talk about the day’s experience and how it could become a part of their tenure at the Colleges and beyond.
Day of Service will commence at 9:30 a.m. on the Quad for organization and dispersion. At 10 a.m., President Mark D. Gearan will speak and present service awards, with participants departing at 10:30 a.m. Participants will return to the Quad for lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. To pre-register for the event, visit http://campus.hws.edu/stu/publicservice/dos/ or contact the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning. For more information, contact Brianna Burtman or Marisa Athas.