Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

September 20, 2007

Whitworth Students, Faculty and Staff to Partner with Spokane Organizations
for Sept. 25 Community Building Day

WHAT: Each September hundreds of Whitworth students, faculty and staff take 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 Whitworth volunteers with local nonprofit organizations to work on clean-up and improvement projects throughout Spokane. A record 700 Whitworth volunteers will participate in this year's event.

"The Spokane community enriches our campus in countless ways," says Jacob Spaun, assistant director of service-learning at Whitworth. "Community Building Day is one way to support and encourage the bonds that exist between Whitworth and the broader community, to explore new avenues through which to collaborate, and to celebrate the common goals we share."

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. After working in the community, the volunteers will gather outside the Hixson Union Building on campus for a barbecue lunch, during which a student band will perform.

WHERE: Whitworth volunteers will work at 32 sites throughout Spokane. Sites include Camp Dart-Lo (Camp Fire USA), where approximately 75 students will work on repairs and trail clean-up. Thirty-five volunteers will go to Goodwill Downtown and Goodwill North to sort clothes and work on a children's play area. Thirty volunteers will work for Catholic Charities, at the Cathedral Plaza Apartments and Fahy West Apartments, where they will wash windows, flip mattresses and do light housekeeping. Fifteen volunteers will collaborate with the Lilac Blind Foundation to help a vision-impaired couple unpack boxes and set up their new home. One hundred students will help clean up and landscape Riverside State Park, while another 20 volunteers will wash windows, weed and sort donations at St. Anne's Children and Family Center.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Whitworth, which has an enrollment of 2,500 students, offers more than 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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

Jacob Spaun, assistant director, Center for Service-Learning, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4673 or jspaun@whitworth.edu.

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

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