Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

September 21, 2006

Hundreds of Whitworth Volunteers to Join Forces with Area Nonprofits

Students, faculty and staff partner with Spokane organizations
for Sept. 26 Community Building Day

WHAT: Each year on a crisp September morning, hundreds of Whitworth students, faculty and staff gather at the main entrance of campus, where they board buses that deliver them to destinations as diverse as Anna Ogden Hall, Ronald McDonald House, and Avista Green Thumbs Garden. The students and employees are volunteers taking part in Community Building Day, a Whitworth tradition begun by students more than a century ago. Initially a campus-beautification endeavor, Community Building Day now partners volunteers with local nonprofit organizations to work on clean-up and improvement projects throughout Spokane. More than 600 Whitworth volunteers will participate in this year's event.

"One of the primary goals of Community Building Day is to establish relationships between Whitworth students and members of the Spokane community, something that is often forgotten in the midst of the typical college student's lifestyle," says Kacie Gartland, a Whitworth sophomore and coordinator of Students Eager to Respond to Volunteer Endeavors (SERVE). "It is our hope that Community Building Day will help students to develop servants' hearts and encourage them to commit to serving others throughout their lives."

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Following the morning's activities, the Whitworth volunteers will gather at noon outside the Hixson Union Building on campus for a barbecue lunch. A student band from the college will perform during the lunch.

WHERE: Anna Ogden Hall, Avista Green Thumbs Garden, Boys and Girls Club, Camp Dart-lo (Campfire USA), Catholic Charities, Central Lutheran Church, Christ Kitchen, Classy Rack (UGM Ministries), Corbin Senior Activity Center, Cup of Cool Water, Goodwill Industries (downtown), Goodwill Industries (north), Habitat for Humanity, Habitat for Humanity Builders' Surplus Store, Hillyard District, Hope House, House of Charity, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Riverside State Park, Rockwood at Hawthorne, Ronald McDonald House, St. Luke Lutheran Church, Salem Lutheran Church, Second Harvest of the Inland Northwest, Spokane C.O.P.S., Teen-Aid, Union Gospel Mission, Westminster House, Women's and Children's Free Restaurant, World Relief, Youth for Christ, and the YWCA.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Whitworth, which has an enrollment of 2,500 students, offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Kacie Gartland, SERVE Coordinator, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4553 or serve@whitworth.edu.

Jacob Spaun, program assistant, Center for Service-Learning, 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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