1,085 give or take a few. That is final count for the number of canned goods that the Hobart and William Smith Classes of 2011 presented to the Geneva Food Pantry on March 12. Their contributions were the initial step of the “What Do You Stand For” initiative, an on-going project that will transform lives on campus, in the community, and the world through meaningful and lasting service work.
Despite the fact that this was the first “What Do You Stand For” project for the classes, their sights were set sky high. With a mission to attack hunger in Geneva, their goal was to collect over 1,000 items prior to spring break. Their efforts have certainly paid off as they have certainly surpassed this target.
Receiving assistance from their Bonner Leader Dan De Nose ’10, the HWS Classes of 2011 teamed up with the Geneva High School Class of 2011 for their four-year enterprise named “Local to Global.” By the end of their senior year, together, the Classes of 2011 will have completed service projects on community, statewide, national and international levels.
“The first-year class really got involved and gave it their all,” said De Nose. “Regardless of their age and being relatively new to campus, the classes have achieved a tremendous height of success and definitely have the drive to make a difference in the lives of others.”
There is no denying that more remarkable accomplishments are forthcoming from this diligent and philanthropic group.
“They set an ambitious goal and worked diligently with various campus groups to ensure success. I think the project conveys that the Classes of 2011, both at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Geneva High School, are open to working together on a collective mission. They wanted to bring attention to the reality that hunger is a pervasive issue year round, not just during the holidays or when it’s cold. I am thrilled with the team effort that will help feed people in our community,” said Katie Flowers, assistant director for the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning.