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Community Building Day empowers
Whitworth students for lives of service
By Lucas Beechinor, '09

On Sept. 17, more than 1,000 Whitworth students, faculty and staff gathered bright and early on campus and boarded a line of chartered buses that delivered them to 55 locations across Spokane. This sizeable group, participants in Whitworth's Community Building Day tradition, spent the morning volunteering with more than 30 organizations.

Community Building Day began in 1907 as Campus Day, a studentled campus-beautification endeavor. By the 1990s, the tradition had evolved to include partnerships with local nonprofit organizations, and Whitworth volunteers began working beyond the campus boundaries.

By giving back to Spokane in this way, Whitworth equips students to become global citizens and opens their eyes to ways they can make positive changes in the world. The annual event also provides students with opportunities to apply their studies and develop professional skills outside the classroom.

"As our students serve side-by-side with Spokane agencies, they develop a sense of being a part of the Whitworth community," says Ross Brooke Watts, interim director of service-learning & community engagement at Whitworth. "At the same time, they have an opportunity to develop a deeper connection with Spokane. Through service, they come to know the challenges facing our community, its many strengths, and its people. This context helps them to feel at home in Spokane and to feel empowered to make a difference."

Getting Social

Official hashtag: #CBDay2013

Photos posted to Instagram: 125

Tweets sent from service locations: 25

By the numbers:

Volunteers: 1,050

Estimated value of time given: $23,825

Organizations served: 33

Service locations: 55

  Anna Ogden Hall
Project Hope Riverfront Farm  

Organizations served include...

Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

Mobius Science Center

Christ Kitchen

Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County

Anna Ogden Hall

Liberty Park Child Development Center

Holmes Elementary School

Students helped by…

packing and catering lunches

picking up garbage in streets

painting buildings

creating online tutorials

cleaning and organizing museums, libraries and storage areas

pulling weeds

harvesting vegetables

  Boys & Girls Club
West Central Neighborhood  

Benefits of participating:

Forging connections with the Whitworth and Spokane communities

Engaging with and encouraging youths

Networking with professionals

Applying learning outside the classroom

 

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