Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013
For his continued volunteer work and dedication to service in Geneva, Weston "Wes" Traub '14 has been awarded the 2013 Dorinne Maxwell Memorial Citizenship Award. As part of the honor, recipients select a charity that receives a monetary contribution in Dorinne Maxwell's memory. This year, Traub chose the Community Lunch Program, which provides lunches for those in need at the United Methodist Church.
"I was both honored and surprised. This is a very meaningful award," Traub says. "Community service starts from the top. The environment and atmosphere at Hobart and William Smith shows how important it is to give back."
Each year, the Dorinne Maxwell Memorial Citizenship Award is presented to a student, member of the faculty or staff, or friend of the Colleges whose service mirrors the ideals of Dorinne Maxwell and has helped to enrich the lives of others. Maxwell was a friend of Hobart Athletics from the time she and her husband, Bill, arrived on campus in 1991 until her death in 2006. Dorinne was devoted to her family, Hobart Athletics, and Geneva. She was involved with St. Stephen's Church, the Red Cross, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and especially the Geneva Center of Concern.
At HWS and in Geneva, Traub has been involved with the Community Lunch Program. In addition, Traub has volunteered abroad, including building houses in Costa Rica with I-to-I, a national mentoring program.
As an international relations major and triple minor in economics, Latin American studies and Spanish, Traub hopes to be involved in international education after graduation. Traub credits his experiences at the Colleges and his involvement with the Community Lunch Program for helping him understand what is possible to achieve.
Traub's donation through the Dorinne Maxwell Memorial Citizenship Award will make a significant impact on the program.
"The donation this year will help the program purchase much needed supplies and other food items necessary to make a complete, nutritious meal for our guests," says Connie Sullivan, who oversees the Community Lunch Program.
The Community Lunch Program is a vital social service, says Jeremy Wattles, assistant director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning at HWS, which helps to facilitate the program volunteer efforts. The lunch program is the most frequented soup kitchen in Geneva and provides nutrition to many residents who have trouble with food security, he says.