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HWS Colleges - Center for Community Engagement & Service-Learning
THE CENTER FOR COMMUNITY
Katie Flowers: Director
Amy Jackson: Assistant Director
Melissa Hegarty: Program Coordinator
Civic Leaders: cohort of 30 students who
lead our programs and initiatives!
203 Trinity Hall x3825
Visit us in Trinity Hall or
learn more on our website,
Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter
Where We Are
The Center is located on the second
floor of Trinity Hall….
We are glad to connect you with
the Geneva and extended
We stand for learning
through service that
produces students who are
civically engaged and
graduates who the have
skills to be active global
citizens Boys and Girls Club – Summer Academy participants
visit campus. Four HWS students intern at the Club
each summer, contributing almost 1200 hours to the
A sustained, engaged
relationship with the
community change and
HWS First-Years pack meals during Orientation in partnership
with the Rise Against Hunger Program which addresses
immediate international food shortages
What is a life of consequence?
• Geneva 2030 is an important effort to
advance the Geneva schools and build a
• Harnessing the resources of the entire
Geneva community: non-profits,
businesses, and individuals
• we provide assistance in three key areas
identified by the school district as being
critical to the future of Geneva’s children
• HWS hosts every 2nd, 6th, and 9th
grader for College Bound
• Community Data Reports
First Year Orientation Service Projects
(welcome to Geneva and the FLX!)
On Saturday of Orientation weekend, First Year students
work on a variety community service projects together to
help the community and build lasting friendships at the
ANNUAL DAYS OF SERVICE:
Students, faculty, staff and community members come
together to perform acts of service in and around the
Geneva community during these annual service events.
(October, MLK Jr., and Spring)
1. Voter Registration
2. Voter Education
3. Election Day
HWS Votes recruits volunteers
from a number of different
clubs and organizations on
• College Democrats
• College Republicans
• Campus Greens
• Progressive Student Union
• Women's Collective
• William Smith Congress
• Hobart Student Government
HOLIDAY GIFT PROJECT
Gifts or financial
collected and used to
purchase holiday gifts
for local children
Head Start and
ANNUAL HWS COMMUNITY SALE
Funds raised as of 2019…$100,846 and diverted
108,384 of materials from local landfills.
Check out the time-lapse video HERE:
Things are priced to move!
COMMUNITY LUNCH PROGRAM:
OPEN EVERY WEEKDAY OF THE YEAR, HWS
STAFFS MEALS ON THURSDAYS IN OCTOBER
Students, faculty and staff work together to prepare and
serve a hot meal for underprivileged people in the
community for 8 Thursdays during the school year.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
•The HWS chapter works with local organizations to aid in the
construction of safe housing for area residents. Email
email@example.com for more information!
ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK
Alternative spring break in March - students work on a project held off-
campus. HWS students have gone to New Orleans, Virginia, North Carolina,
Nicaragua, Jamaica, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, The Bronx, New Jersey and
the Gulf Coast.
Established in 2002, Geneva Heroes
is a program organized by HWS
students which teaches leadership and
to Geneva middle school students
while working on service
projects. Everyone learns more
about our “uniquely urban” and
HWS CORPS @ AMERICA READS!
Established in 1989, A federal work study program
(earn $) which places HWS tutors in six area schools.
Tutors spend one-on-one time with an elementary
aged student to help improve upon his/her reading and
writing skills and abilities.
HWS CORPS @ GENEVA BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
• Two locations
• Geneva Community Center
• Goodman Street club
• Tutoring and Mentoring
• recreation and sports,
• arts and crafts, drama, dance, music,
• leadership development,
• fundraising, special events,
• chaperoning, computer literacy training, clerical support
Chris Lavin, H’81, is the
Boys and Girls Club
Tutors dress up for
Halloween and trick or
treat at the club!
THEME HOUSES WE ARE PROUD TO SUPPORT!
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS,
GUIDING EYES FOR THE BLIND
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS
Helps local youth ages 6-16 meet
their potential by matching HWS
students in one-on-one mentoring
relationships. Weekly one-on-one
interactions, year commitment –
become a “big”!
Student Reported Benefits
1. Develop real world
experience & skills
2. Critical thinking skills
5. Civic responsibility
6. Problem solving
7. Public speaking
8. Computer skills
9. Research skills
10. Analytical skills
10 Top Skills Employers Want
1. Written & Verbal
2. Interpersonal Skills
4. Strong work ethic
5. Teamwork skills
6. Analytical skills
8. Computer skills
9. Leadership skills
10. Organizational Skills
SERVICE-LEARNING @ HWS Colleges
Annually over 350 students enroll in approximately 20 SL classes
ANNUAL COMMUNITY ENGAGED
ESTABLISHED IN 2008
Students have the opportunity to collaborate with community
partners and faculty advisors on research projects which can make
a significant community impact.
The HWS Community Partner of the Year award,
selected by members of the Service-Learning Advisory
Council, is announced at the forum each year
NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SERVICE…IS A
POST GRAD “GAP YEAR” RIGHT FOR ME?
• Since the program began in 2011, we’ve had close to 50 interns
contribute over 14,000 hours of service to and with the community.
Thank you to sponsors of this annual summer internship program!
Service doesn’t end when classes do! Summer of
Service in @LoveGenevaNY
MAKE A PLEDGE WITH YOUR RESIDENTS
HONOR THE COMMITMENT
• Review this list of virtual volunteering opportunities and say out load – “I will review
three options and select one, then I’ll do it, and I will tell one person about it”
• Learn about Geneva – Seneca Lake, vineyards, farms and farmer’s markets, robust faith
communities, schools, and a vibrant downtown. Is there a restaurant or store you see
yourself shopping at? Buying local matters.
• Restaurants https://www.genevamenus.com/
• Stores http://genevanybid.com/explore-geneva-interactive-map/
• HWS students have tutored children, helped build the Geneva Community Lakefront
Playground, recycled + fundraised through the annual HWS Community Sale, donated
blood, served as “College Bound” tour guides + lunch buddies, contributed to
important conversations as junior board members, researched and presented to non-
profit leaders, traveled or stayed local to serve during spring break, and many others.
GENEVA welcomes you – and your engagement!
“DEMOCRACY CAN'T FUNCTION WITHOUT AN
INFORMED CITIZENRY.” ~RYAN SHAPIRO
• The New York Times has a weekly quiz… how informed are you? So
much to know, so little time! https://www.nytimes.com/spotlight/news-
quiz or NPRs https://www.npr.org/newsletter/the-new-normal
• Love local - The Finger Lakes Times (daily news paper available in
Scandling), Finger Lakes One (website + radio) and Connect Geneva
(community Covid-19 taskforce)
• https://fingerlakes1.com/ and https://www.fltimes.com/
• http://connectgeneva.com/ (also has Instagram + Facebook + Youtube)
WHERE TO FIND US?
CONNECT WITH A CCESL CIVIC LEADER
CHECK OUT OUR WEBPAGE OR “COMPASS TIMES” E-NEWSLETTER
EMAIL SERVE@HWS.EDU OR VISIT US IN TRINITY HALL 203