Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

September 20, 2002

Whitworth Students, Faculty and Staff Undertake Volunteer Projects to Improve Spokane Community

WHAT: Whitworth College's annual Community Building Day began more than 100 years ago as a one-day campus cleanup project organized by Whitworth students. Since then, the effort has grown into a tradition in which more than 500 Whitworth students, faculty and staff contribute to and learn from the Spokane community.

The focus of this year's Community Building Day is on economic development and poverty issues in the Spokane region. This year's theme stems from the One Spokane summit hosted by Whitworth in May and the college's recent decision to make the reduction of poverty a prominent component of Whitworth's service-learning and research activities.

Community Building Day events will be preceded by a town-hall discussion addressing economic-development and poverty issues in the Spokane region. The discussion will take place on Monday, Sept. 23, at 8 p.m. in the Hixson Union Building multipurpose room at Whitworth. Panelists will include Whitworth President Bill Robinson, Pastor John Murinko from City Gate, and Whitworth Professor of Politics and History Julia Stronks. Admission is free.

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, Whitworth will assist more than 20 Spokane organizations whose missions address poverty and economic development issues. Volunteer projects will include doing yardwork and general cleanup at Camp Dartlow, 14000 N. Dartford Drive, which provides camp experiences for inner-city kids; serving meals at House of Charity, 32 W. Pacific, which provides free meals to homeless people; and doing general maintenance and cleaning at City Gate Fellowship, 170 S. Madison, an outreach center that provides food and clothing to homeless people.

A barbecue for Community Building Day participants will be held from noon-1 p.m. in the Loop at Whitworth and will feature student-leader reflections and a short concert by Whitworth band Sittser.

WHEN: Community Building Day volunteer activities in the Spokane area will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 8-11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Camp Dartlow; Meals on Wheels; St. Vincent De Paul; Saint Margaret's Shelter; Mission Community Outreach Center; City Gate; Our Sister's Closet/YWCA; Transitional Living Center; Allegro, Baroque & Beyond; Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery; Catholic Charities Chore Services; Women's and Children's Free Restaurant; House of Charity; Westminster House; Shalom; Volunteers of America; Hutton Settlement; Anna Ogden Hall; Union Gospel Mission; Ronald McDonald House; Spokanimal CARE and the Whitworth College campus.

WHO: Whitworth College students, faculty and staff.

Contacts:

Kirsti Mulholland, Whitworth College SERVE Coordinator, (509) 777-4553 or kmulholland02@mail2.whitworth.edu.

EmmyLou Taylor, Associated Students of Whitworth College president, (509) 777-4559 or etaylor@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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