Following the success of this year’s HWS Community Sale, the Colleges’ have reached a new milestone, having donated more than $100,000 to Geneva youth education programs and diverting more than 100,000 pounds of waste from landfills through the history of the annual event.
“It’s exciting to hit two milestones on the same year, the cumulative tally helps us all focus on the two-fold approach of the sale aiming to reduce contributions to local landfills while fundraising for community efforts,” says Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) Katie Flowers.
Through this year’s efforts, the HWS Community sale raised $9,952 for the community-compact initiative Geneva 2020. In previous years, the fundraiser has also benefited organizations including the United Way and the Geneva Education Foundation. The sale also diverted 14,346 pounds of clothing, shoes, electronics, furniture and food from landfills.
The proceeds from the sale go directly to the local nonprofits. “We have donated all proceeds from the event since 2006 and every year we learn how to manage the event to maximize its impact,” says Flowers.
The community sale is part of a campus-wide effort to promote sustainability and climate action, and is facilitated by CCESL with the Offices of Residential Education and Student Affairs. Each year, HWS students are encouraged to donate items they would otherwise throw out. Items are then sold at an event that has been most recently hosted at the Geneva Recreation Complex.
The Colleges’ emphasis on service and community engagement has received national praise. For the second year in a row, Hobart and William Smith Colleges have been named the top liberal arts institution for service in Washington Monthly’s College Guide and Rankings. Since 2005, the policy magazine has rated U.S. colleges and universities based on their contributions to society, taking into consideration social mobility, research and service.