Hartwick to Hold Annual Community Day of Service
Hartwick College’s Office of Community Involvement and Volunteerism (CIV) will hold its second annual Community Day of Service on Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All members of the College community are invited to take part in a host of activities designed to promote giving back within the Hartwick and greater Oneonta communities.
The Community Day of Service, the largest event organized by CIV, will send participants to a variety of locations both on campus and throughout Oneonta. The College is working with the City of Oneonta to mend fences in city parks, for instance.
This year, Hartwick organizations were asked to participate a bit differently, by “sponsoring” a local organization and collecting items their Wish List. Student groups chose to sponsor Opportunities for Otsego (the Building Healthy Families, Early Head Start – Head Start, Violence Intervention Program, and Emergency Housing programs), Susquehanna Animal Shelter of Cooperstown, and Bugbee Children’s Center. Donations collected for these organizations will be brought to the organization on the Day of Service.
Further, participating Hartwick students will receive service hours — students who complete more than 200 hours of service receive special recognition during the Annual Leadership Awards Ceremony and at Commencement — and the groups who collect the most donations will win gift certificates from local event sponsors.
The day will begin at 9 a.m. on the Dewar Union balcony on the Hartwick campus for registration, check-in, and work assignments. Both community partners and student organizations will have tables raising awareness for their organizations. For example, CIV will sponsor a “Be The Match” Bone Marrow Drive, where participants can register as donors, and the American Red Cross Blood Drive will have a sign-up table promoting next week’s blood drive.
By 9:30 a.m. participants will head to their first activity. Transportation will be provided to off-campus locations.
At noon, all participants will return to Dewar Balcony for a pizza lunch, which will be provided, and a silent auction. The auction will feature prizes like gift certificates from local businesses that support the Community Day of Service, and proceeds will be donated to Opportunities for Otsego. Students will then head out to their second activity until approximately 3 p.m.
CIV Staff Coordinator Erica Lillo ’16 noted strong interest in the Day of Service again this year, noting that President Margaret L. Drugovich and Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Meg Nowak had pledged to attend.
“We are really excited to see the community come together in such a positive way, we’ve got some great opportunities lined up for students, faculty and staff, and I think everyone will enjoy it,” she added. ”And you don’t need to pre-register to participate. Walk-ins are strongly encouraged to join us!”
CIV is a completely student-run office designed to further Hartwick’s commitment to civic engagement, where students, faculty, staff, and alumni engage in service in a variety of ways outside of the college classroom and beyond their college careers.
The Community Day of Service is funded through donations and CIV.
For more information on the 2016 Community Day of Service, contact Lillo, at 607-431-4510 or CIV@hartwick.edu, or via social media @CIVatHartwick (Twitter), www.facebook.com/HartwickCIV, or use hashtag #WickVolunteers.