Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

September 19, 2003

Whitworth Students, Faculty and Staff to Volunteer with Local Organizations

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 hope for Community Building Day is not only to improve and brighten the community, but also to enrich students' lives, for, by giving, we also receive much," says Jacob Spaun, program assistant for service-learning at Whitworth.

On Tuesday, Sept. 23, Whitworth will assist more than 20 Spokane not-for-profit organizations ranging from charities to churches to publicly funded parks. A barbecue for Community Building Day participants will be held from noon-1 p.m. in the Loop at Whitworth and will include live music.

WHEN: Community Building Day activities in the Spokane area will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Mission Valley Community Center; Riverside State Park; Rockwood at Hawthorne; Ronald McDonald House; RSVP-Retired and Senior Volunteer Program; Saint Margaret's Shelter; Liberty Park Child Development Center; Whitworth Community Presbyterian Church; Women's and Children's Free Restaurant; YWCA; YMCA; City Gate; Cup of Cool Water; Youth for Christ; Westminster House; Catholic Charities; Hutton Settlement; Camp Dartlo; Holmberg Park and Northwood Park.

WHO: Whitworth College students, faculty and staff.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

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

Jacob Spaun, program assistant for service-learning, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4673 or jspaun@whitworth.edu.

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

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