A tradition in its 24th year, Hobart and William Smith students will take part in 25 community service projects across the Finger Lakes for the semester’s final Day of Service on Saturday, April 14. Participating students will meet at noon on the Quad for lunch and opening remarks.
“We’ve had an overwhelming response from both sites and students who are excited to contribute,” says Dominique DeRubeis ’18, co-coordinator of the Days of Service organization. More than 150 students are registered to participate, including numerous varsity teams like Hobart football and William Smith soccer.
Co-coordinator Molly Gorelick ’19 looks forward to facilitating new partnerships and finishing beneficial projects in the community. “By organizing the Days of Service events, I have seen the success of students coming together to complete community service projects in a variety of forms. Individuals get to interact with old and new faces, as well as community partners who always share how much they appreciate the work the HWS student volunteers do,” she says.
With projects diverse in purpose and location, community initiatives include a collaboration with the Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center to distribute environmentally friendly LED lightbulbs to residents living in the Genesee Park neighborhood. Other projects include work with the Geneva Women’s Club, the Geneva Historical Society, local churches, the Seneca 7 race organizers, the Smith Opera House and the Geneva Peeps egg co-op. This spring, the downtown businesses of Luigi’s and Finger Lakes Gifts and Lounge have donated prizes that will be raffled among participating students.
“I’m always impressed with how welcoming our community partners are to our students, and the wide variety of projects we have this spring,” says Jeremy Wattles, associate director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. “We’re looking forward to a big turnout and crossing our fingers for good weather.”
Annually, HWS students contribute more than 80,000 hours of service and engagement to local, national and international communities, and generate approximately $110,000 in fundraising efforts that are directed to local, national, and international non-profit organizations.