PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES
You may now apply online for the following programs:
- America Reads Tutor
- America Reads Coordinator
- HWS Tutor Corps Tutor
- HWS Tutor Corps Coordinator
- CCESL Civic Leader
Alternative Spring Breaks
Alternative Breaks are an opportunity for students to travel off campus (usually), do service work together, and to reflect more deeply on themselves and societal issues that face us. Being with a group of students focused on performing service and reflecting on that work can be one of the most meaningful experiences one can have. It can also simply be fun to go to a new place, get to know new people and work together to make a meaningful change for an individual or an area.
The HWS Student Literacy Corps was established in 1989 and evolved into America Reads in 1997 when the Federal work study program was established by the U.S Department of Education.
Annual 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 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. Please email email@example.com for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
HWS Tutor Corps
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 email email@example.com.
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. Click here to view a video about the program, and email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
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
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. At the 2007 Commencement, former director Marge Shanahan was given an Honorary Degree for managing and directing this program for over 10 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
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 Day of Service
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how to get involved in Rotaract.
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.
Youth Sports Coach
LIST OF PROGRAMS
- Alternative Breaks
- America Reads Tutors
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Community Service House
- Geneva Heroes
- HWS Votes
- HWS Responds
- HWS Tutor Corps
- Neighbors' Night
- Service-Learning Classes, Community Based Research and the Public Service Minor
- Community Based Research Project
- Honorary Board Member Program
- General Office Task Worker
- Geneva Heroes Co-Chair
- Program Coordinator
- Service Club Officer
- Summer of Service
- AmeriCorps: NCCC, VISTA
- Consistent Blood Donor
- Elected Official
- Financial Contributor
- Not-For-Profit Board member
- Not-For-Profit Volunteer
- Peace Corps Volunteer
- Political Campaign Worker
- Teach for America Teacher
- Voter / Juror
- Youth Sports Coach