The HWS Rotaract Club set a new personal best by serving more than 115 hours of community service during the fall semester. The organization targeted its efforts toward youth-based initiatives, such as Neighbors’ Night, a weekly afterschool program for children in kindergarten through eighth grade, and this year’s Festival of Nations, a multicultural education event at Geneva High and Middle Schools.
“We are always out in the community helping in any way we can,” says Sophie Ritter ’20. “The most rewarding component of being a part of Rotaract has been meeting students who have the same passion for volunteering in the community as I do.”
Founded in 2009 and officially chartered in 2012, the HWS Rotaract chapter continues its commitment to Neighbors Night as well as volunteering at the Community Lunch Program and with Thrive to Survive, a local charity supporting individuals undergoing cancer treatment.
“We are helping great causes and overall trying to give back to Geneva in any way we can,” Ritter says.
President Emily Ott ’17 says many of the new Rotaract members are first-year students. “I like being out in the community and giving back in ways that are meaningful and appreciated, and I love the mentoring aspect of working with fellow students who have similar passions,” says Ott.
The college version of Rotary, Rotaract is an international service organization rooted in long-term problem solving and community building.