HWS students show their commitment to community engagement during several Days of Service throughout the academic year. During each, volunteers from campus and the surrounding area come together with the common purpose of giving back to the greater Geneva community.

Past Days of Service activities have included working at the Special Olympics, providing trail maintenance on the Ontario Pathways, spreading wood chips on a playground in Seneca Lake State Park and visiting with residents at the Clifton Springs nursing home.

Community and campus sponsors make the annual event possible by donating time, money, supplies and other items to keep the program going. Past sponsors have included Sodexho, Hobart Student Government and William Smith Congress, Student Affairs, The President's Office, Walmart, B.E. Wright (Snapple), Pepsi (Geneva Club Beverage), Finger Lakes Health, Geneva Awning and Tent Works, Clemens Signs, John Holtz Honda, Wegmans Food Markets, and First Book. Sponsor logos appear on the back of the official Days of Service T-shirts worn by all volunteers. If you would like to contribute, please e-mail

A Geneva tradition for over 25 years, Day of Service became Days of Service in 2008, when students and the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning added additional Days of Service throughout the year so more HWS and Geneva community members could get involved and to create sustained relationships between community members.


If you would like to sponsor, volunteer at, or help coordinate the HWS Days of Service, please contact



Members of the Colleges community and residents from the Geneva area interested in making our community a better place to live and work.


Helping local non-profit organizations, agencies and individuals. Tools, supplies and lunch are provided; all volunteers need to bring is appropriate clothing and enthusiasm.


2022-2023 Dates:

August 20, FY Orientation Day of Service

October 15, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

April 15, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.


Volunteers will meet on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. Transportation will be provided.


To make our community a better place to live and work.

Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.