You may now apply online for the following programs:

America Reads

America Reads

One of the Center's flagship programs involves Hobart and William Smith students tutoring elementary school children at two school districts and five schools/after school programs through our campus chapter of a national program known as America Reads. Students go as a group on a regular schedule to the schools, where they work one on one with first through third-graders on reading skills. Tutors are also given the opportunity to reflect on their experience and relate it to broader literacy and public policy issues.

Tutors need no previous reading education experience; a complete training session is provided before they begin. This is followed up with supplemental training over the course of the semester and continuous support from a "veteran" tutor known as a student coordinator who leads each team. A lesson plan is developed for the student for each session and goals mutually set between the tutor and student for the next session.

Interested HWS students must be willing to commit to the program for a semester, although they are encouraged to make a yearlong commitment.

Annual Community Sale

Community Sale

Founded in 2006, the Community Sale is a partnership with several offices across campus, with CCESL and the Office of Sustainability overseeing the project. The sale features items that departing HWS students no longer need or can’t fit into their cars for the trip home, saving them from going to waste. Students collect possessions such as furniture, appliances, lamps, kitchen items, rugs and other household items. Once collected, student workers will price the items and set up in the Geneva Recreation Center for the sale. The collection also includes clothing and food, which CCESL donates directly to local non-profit agencies and food banks. An e-waste collection is likewise an important part of closing the residence halls. As of 2018, the sale has fundraised $90,800, and diverted over 94,400 pounds of materials from local landfills. For the past several years, proceeds have benefitted the Geneva 2020 initiative, which seeks to support and work with the public school district on its key goals: kindergarten readiness, school success and high graduation rates, and career and college readiness. Check out a time lapse video of a recent sale here.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Big Brothers, Big

Big Brothers Big Sisters matches children ages 6 through 18 with mentors in professionally supported one-to-one relationships. HWS helps with community-based mentoring in which Bigs and Littles meet for an hour a week in their community to share fun activities, stories and a little bit of themselves. For more information please contact Berta Bennett at

Blood Drive

In conjunction with the local Red Cross, CCESL sponsors three blood drives on campus annually; one in October on or near Halloween, one in February, and another in April. If you wish to donate blood off campus at another date or time, contact your local Red Cross organization to find local blood drive dates and locations off campus. Please e-mail for more information.

HWS Tutor Corps

Boys and Girls Club Logo

Boys & Girls Clubs of Geneva works in partnership with CCESL to hire and train over 40 paid tutors, who may want to contribute their time to working with our youth. If interested, you can apply here. We send tutors to the Geneva Community Center to work with 4th – 6th grade students, and to the Goodman Street club to work with 1st – 3rd grade students. Many opportunities are also available in the areas of recreation and sports, arts and crafts, drama, dance, music, leadership development, fundraising, special events, chaperoning, computer literacy training, clerical support and more!

Part of the funding for this program comes from HWS’s America Counts commitment to prepare local youth for college and promising careers, by mastering advanced skills in mathematics. William Smith student Lindsay Brown, '05, with the support of the CCESL staff and Education Professor Jim MaKinster, established an America Counts partnership with the Geneva Middle School during her senior year. Her dedication to helping these students increase their math proficiency and overall confidence was well received by the students, her peer tutors and the Geneva Middle School teachers. Brown utilized her experiences with America Counts for her thesis the year she received a Master's in Teaching from the education department, and the America Counts program funding still supports her vision through the HWS Tutor Corps.

We can hire both non-federal tutors and tutors who are federally work study eligible.  We pay tutors paid minimum wage, and volunteers are welcome and appreciated! We provide transportation, tutors choose 2 out of 4 days to work with their students, and are supervised by a peer coordinator (a student with previous experience).

For more information, please e-mail

HWS Tutor Corps Schedule

HWS Tutor Corps Job Description

HWS Tutor Corps Manual

Neighbors' Night

Neighbors' Night

Neighbors’ Night was launched in 1987 designed to reach out to the young neighbors of our church in downtown Geneva and share God’s love. Neighbors’ Night currently welcomes between 50 to 100 children in grades K-8 every Wednesday evening from October through May (5:15 pm-7:00 p.m.) Activities including storytelling, song, crafts, skits, games, and a full dinner. Generous volunteers make this program a fun, safe, and loving environment.

Campus Compact

Campus Compact

Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents—representing some 6 million students—who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. As the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, Campus Compact promotes public and community service that develops students’ citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships, and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum.

CCESL Student Assistant

All positions will assist in general office functions (phone, typing, filing, copying, etc.) and any work that comes up on a daily basis. In addition, each position will have specific areas of responsibility. Please fill out an application form to apply.

Community Based Research Project

Community Based Research (CBR) projects entail a semester long commitment devoted to the exploration of a vital community issue. Students with exceptional initiative work collaboratively with a community partner and faculty sponsor. Responsibilities vary based upon the specific details within the proposal and will likely include independent research, weekly check-ins with community partner and faculty sponsor, and a concluding presentation or project. CBR projects can count towards a student's major (see course requirements) or as Geneva Collaborative Internship (GCIP 401). Please review the application and contact Katie Flowers in CCESL.

Honorary Board Member Program

Honorary Board Member Program

Civic participation on boards of not-for-profits is critical to the functioning of our society and an important component of engaged citizenship. This program gives our students an opportunity to see how an agency governing board functions by serving on one during college. Interested students are given training on "Board Basics" and then placed on boards that request an HWS student. In the past, students have served on the following boards: Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce, the Geneva Boys and Girls Club, the Geneva Public Library, Success for Geneva's Children and the United Way of Ontario County. For more information, please email

Community Lunch Program

Community Lunch Program

For two months out of the school year, the Colleges' community is in charge of Thursdays with the local community "soup kitchen." Students, sometimes with the help of faculty and staff, plan, prepare, and serve lunch to those in need in the Geneva area, as well as spend time with them over the meal. Students can and do volunteer at other times as well. This is a very popular service and new volunteers are always welcome. For more information, contact Jeremy Wattles, Assistant Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning. At the 2007 Commencement, former director Marge Shanahan, was given an Honorary Degree for managing and directing this program for over ten years as well as her dedication to service and her commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of the people of Geneva.

Geneva 2020 House

Geneva 2020 House

Located at 639 South Main, the Geneva 2020 house seek students committed to service, educational equity, and youth empowerment. House residents complete a 30 hour per semester service requirement, the majority of which will come from direct engagement with Geneva’s children and public school system. The Geneva 2020 collective impact initiative has three goals: making sure every child enters school ready to learn, that every child is supported, engaged, and succeeds in school, and that every graduate attains employment or a post-secondary credential. Students also participate in the LEAP initiative (Lead, Excel, Achieve, Progress), which aims to support young people of color in their academic achievement. The Geneva 2020 house has a close working relationship with the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL).

First-Year Orientation Service-Learning Project

Orientation Service-Learning

Since the fall of 2000, the entering classes at HWS have participated in a service-learning project during Orientation. This introduction to the community highlights the importance of service for The Colleges as an institution. Annually, students service at approximately 40 locations around Geneva and the Finger Lakes region. On this day, volunteers from campus and the surrounding area come together with the common purpose of giving back to the greater Geneva community.

Geneva Heroes

Geneva Heroes

An eight-week service and leadership program for approximately 20-25 local middle and high school students created, staffed, and run by Hobart and William Smith students. HWS students recruit participants and then lead them in teambuilding, leadership, and service activities. In past years the groups participated in a day of Project Adventure leadership and teambuilding exercises, assisted in unearthing and righting headstones in historic Washington Street Cemetery, stripped and waxed floors at the Geneva Food Pantry, raked leaves with President Gearan for elderly citizens as part of the public service project during inauguration weekend, cleaned and landscaped at Lakeview Mental Health, cleaned and moved furniture at the Boys and Girls Club, and participated in activities with the residents of Seneca Terrace assisted living center. For more information, please e-mail for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity, HWS Chapter

With support from the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning, students initiated and completed the process to form a campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The group regularly helps in the building of houses with the Yates and Ontario County Habitat affiliates. Since its inception, the group has worked to raise money for an "HWS House" in Geneva. Contact or CCESL for more information on how to become involved.

Holiday Gift Program

CCESL organizes a gift drive with local social service agencies which historically generates over $5,000 in gifts which are donated to local families in need. Gift collection begins in November and continues through the holiday season.


Information about mentoring and opportunities to mentor are available, including:

Public Relations/Publicity Specialist

Will assist with press releases, office publications, web-site update and set up a weekly public service show on WEOS.

Readers College Classes

The “CESL199” Civic Engagement and Service Learning half-credit courses provide opportunities for students to engage in and reflect upon critical social issues through reading, discussion, and experiential learning. Service-learning is a vital component to each course, allowing students to apply in-class learning while having a positive impact on local, national, and/or global communities. Students are challenged to consider axioms including “to whom much has been given, much is expected,” “what are the civic responsibilities of citizenship?” and “is action the best response to a societal ill?” Email for current CESL199 options.


Rotaract is the campus version of Rotary, an international service organization that has chapters across the world (the high school equivalent is Interact). Both Rotary and Rotaract promote service and international understanding. The HWS Rotaract sponsors a number of service activities and works with the Geneva Rotary Club on some of its events. This makes them true "partners in service" and key members of the family of Rotary. Contact for more information about how to get involved in Rotaract.

Service Abroad Program

Hobart and William Smith Colleges have developed an affiliation with the National University of Ireland, Galway to provide students with the opportunity to live and study among Irish students at an Irish university. A service learning project, required of all students and linked to the Director's Seminar, provides a unique opportunity for students to work with a local community service agency in Galway. Through reflective journal exercises, the community work allows for a greater understanding of Irish life and culture and chance to meet everyday residents of Galway.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges have developed an affiliation with Trinity College in Wales. Trinity College is known for its commitment to community engagement and this commitment permeates its innovative curriculum. HWS students will have the opportunity to live and take classes alongside Welsh and international classmates. To facilitate engagement with the local community, all students must participate in an academic or extracurricular immersion experience; this may include a credit-bearing internship, a school practicum, or a service-learning project. Many Trinity college courses include such components and can be used to fulfill this requirement.

Service Club Officer

HWS Engage - type in a service organization you’d like to learn more about.

Summer of Service

Established in 2010 with support from Tom Patchett, Margueritte Murphy and Brian Cooper, the Summer of Service is an exciting partnership with local non-profit agencies through a collaborative internship program that will engage HWS students in 300 paid hours of service during June, July and August. The internship extends the goals of service-learning courses and civic engagement in the Geneva community while supporting student endeavors by providing paid employment.

"I decided to get involved in summer of service because I yearned for an internship or job opportunity that would allow me to immerse myself in this community further and have a meaningful impact." -Hannah Brooks '17, Summer of Service 2015 Community Center Intern.

While subject to change, internship examples include:

  • The Boys and Girls Club at Goodman Street Intern will coordinate the Summer Art program, we are seeking a creative and artistic student who has a demonstrated ability to work well with large groups of children. Must demonstrate initiative and organization, experience with developing lesson plans will be given priority)
  • The Boys and Girls Club at The Community Center Intern will coordinate the summer lunch program, which provides continuity for youth dependent upon meals received at school during the academic year. Additional programs may include the Garden Club and Youth Athletics, priority will be given to candidates willing and able to drive the Club 12 passenger van.
  • The Geneva Middle School/Geneva High School Intern will assist principals in school success data collection efforts. Additional responsibilities could include summer school facilitation and proctoring exams. Priority will be given to students with quantitative reasoning and familiarity with Microsoft Excel.

The application for the Summer of Service internship is available here.

For information on past Summer of Service opportunities, please click here.

Past end-of-summer projects by students may be viewed here.

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