“Day of Service helps students serve as citizens in the Geneva community, introduces students to community leaders and shows them ways they can remain engaged in service while they live in Geneva,” says Dominique DeRubeis ’18, Day of Service Club co-president, who along with Alex Rogers ’18 planned the fall event. “Hopefully students learn something new about Geneva, meet someone new and enjoy giving back.”
On Saturday, participants will meet at noon at the Quad, where they will receive Day of Service T-shirts and enjoy lunch before dispersing to their service locations. Jeremy Wattles, associate director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL), and Lou Guard ’07, Vice President and General Counsel, will give opening remarks.
Past Days of Service activities have included working at the Special Olympics, providing trail maintenance on the Ontario Pathways, spreading wood chips on a playground at Seneca Lake State Park and visiting with residents at area nursing homes.
“In some cases, the fall Day of Service allows students to expand on work completed during Orientation’s Day of Service in August, or work completed last fall or spring,” DeRubeis says. “Continuing these relationships and strengthening them with each Day of Service is an important part of why Day of Service matters.”
During the fall Day of Service, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Kristen Brubaker and her students will travel to Kashong Conservation Area along Seneca Lake to clear hiking paths. Later in the week, as part of HWS Food Week, volunteers will visit Bejo Seeds in Geneva to harvest vegetables, and to Love Grown Farm in Cheshire, N.Y., to build a greenhouse.
A Geneva tradition for nearly 20 years, Day of Service became Days of Service in 2008, when students and the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning added additional Days of Service throughout the year so more HWS and Geneva community members could get involved and to create sustained relationships between community members.
Days of Service during the spring semester will be held Saturday, Jan. 15, 2018 and Saturday, April 14, 2018.