Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

September 22, 2005

Whitworth students, faculty and staff partner with Spokane organizations
for Sept. 27 Community Building Day

WHAT: As the Whitworth and Spokane communities work to help support the victims of Hurricane Katrina through assisting displaced residents and volunteering in the clean-up and rebuilding efforts, Whitworth students, faculty and staff will partner with local organizations on Tuesday, Sept. 27, to work on clean-up and improvement projects in Spokane. Begun more than 100 years ago as a one-day campus cleanup project organized by Whitworth students, Community Building Day has since grown into a tradition in which more than 500 students, faculty and staff volunteer at non-profit organizations in the community.

"Whitworth puts a strong emphasis on integrating academic instruction with community service," says Whitworth senior and Students Eager to Respond to Volunteer Endeavors (SERVE) Coordinator Alise Delzell. "Throughout their college years Whitworth students have a variety of opportunities to get involved in service-related projects. By participating in Community Building Day, we hope that students realize the importance and value of service and make a lifetime commitment to serve others."

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 8:30 a.m. to between 11:30 a.m. and noon. Following the morning's activities Whitworth students, faculty and staff will gather at noon outside the Hixson Union Building on campus for a barbecue lunch. During the lunch community leader and former Spokane mayor Sheri Barnard will speak on the importance of volunteering.

WHERE: Anna Ogden Hall, Catholic Charities, Center for Justice, City Gate, Goodwill Industries (Downtown), Goodwill Industries (North), Habitat for Humanity, Hope House, House of Charity, Interfaith Hospitality Network, Lilac Blind Foundation, Mission Community Outreach Center, Native Project, Our Place, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Riverside State Park, Rockwood at Hawthorne, Ronald McDonald House, Salem Lutheran Church, Second Harvest of the Inland Northwest, Teen-Aid, Union Gospel Mission, Westminster House, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Women's and Children's Free Restaurant, Youth for Christ, and the YWCA.

WHO: Whitworth College students, faculty and staff.


Alise Delzell, SERVE Coordinator, Whitworth College, (509) 990-7328 or serve@whitworth.edu.

Jacob Spaun, Student Life Program Assistant, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4673 or jspaun@whitworth.edu.

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

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