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Community Engagement in Spokane
During the fall 2010 semester, approximately 1,841 Whitworth students provided more than 12,500 hours of service throughout Spokane County!
According to the Whitworth Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement, during the fall 2010 semester, approximately 574 students participated in academic service-learning courses, 769 freshman- and transfer-seminar students participated in service and in-class reflection on Community Building Day, and as many as 498 other students participated in Community Building Day through dorm leadership communities and clubs. Students enrolled in service-learning courses provided approximately 11,890 hours of service to local community agencies, organizations and ministries, and an additional 693 hours were provided by dorm leadership groups and clubs on CBD. Overall, approximately 1,841 students provided approximately 12,583 hours of service to the community.
During the afore-mentioned Community Building Day, an annual event that took place this year on Sept. 21, between 1,000 and 1,250 Whitworth students provided more than 3,000 hours of service to 36-plus agencies throughout Spokane County. Based on Independent Sector’s 2008 evaluation of volunteer time at $20.25 per hour, the economic impact of this service to the Spokane Community equates to a minimum of $60,750 in one morning. Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor and his wife, Julie, participated in CBD, working at Odyssey World International Education Services to help with the Caring Clothes Closets event at the East Central Community Center. In the words of Karen Morrison, president of Odyssey World, “A mere thank-you doesn't seem enough to express my gratitude for all the wonderful volunteers who helped to make Whitworth’s Community Building Day one of the highlights of the year!”
These totals are approximate and reflect only the hours that were reported by students, agencies, or faculty. The figures do not necessarily include the work of service clubs or other volunteer hours that were not reported to the Whitworth Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement. (Source: Campus Compact, 2008.)
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