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Community Sale Promotes Sustainability

Hobart and William Smith Colleges will conduct the 12th annual Community Sale at the Geneva Rec Center on Thursday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale has been held annually in the Barn on campus but due to renovations has been moved to the Geneva Rec Center, 666 S. Exchange St. Proceeds from the event will benefit Geneva 2020.

To promote a more sustainable community, HWS students are encouraged to donate items they are considering throwing out. Acceptable items include furniture, rugs, clothing, lamps, school supplies, kitchen items and more. HWS will also accept a variety of electronic devices that no longer work but can be recycled and salvaged for parts. E-waste items include computers, printers, televisions, batteries, copiers, cell phones, mp3 players and cables wires.

Donations will be accepted from Monday, May 8 – Tuesday, May 16. Fifteen collection sites are located across campus including at Bartlett Hall, Caird Hall, the College Store parking lot, Comstock Hall, Emerson Hall, Odell’s Parking Lot and Medbery Hall.

Jeremy Wattles, associate director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL), who has helped coordinate the sale for the past seven years, enjoys the event that provides funds to support these community efforts. “We put everything back into local initiatives,” he says.

The event is co-sponsored by CCESL, Residential Education and Student Affairs. In the past 11 years, it is estimated that the effort has kept nearly 40 tons of waste out of landfills and raised approximately $67,000, which has been donated to the United Way, Geneva 2020 and other local agencies.