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Whitworth community joins Spokane nonprofits for 107th Community Building Day

September 10, 2014

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, approximately 1,000 Whitworth students, faculty and staff, including Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor and his wife, Julie, will lend a hand to organizations across Spokane in efforts to help strengthen the community. Community Building Day is foundational in fostering a lifelong ethic of social and civic responsibility in Whitworth students; it also provides valuable services to nonprofit agencies across Spokane.

Community Building Day is an annual Whitworth tradition that began in 1907 as a student-led campus-beautification endeavor called Campus Day. In the mid-1990s, the event evolved into a partnership between local nonprofit organizations and Whitworth volunteers who work on clean-up and improvement projects throughout Spokane.

New organizations participating in Community Building Day this year are Shadle Park Presbyterian Church, New Hope Resource Center, and City of Spokane Water Department. Students will also work with Avista to distribute water conservation packets in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood.

Whitworth’s physics department has partnered with the ACM Club and St. Margaret’s Shelter to refurbish donated computers for use by families served at Catholic Charities Spokane. To date, Whitworth students have refurbished more than 65 donated computers. Physics students intend to work on 30 more. Community Building Day will take place from 8 to 1 p.m. All Whitworth students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters are encouraged to participate.

Spokane community members may also volunteer at local churches or other nonprofit agencies on Sept. 16.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Lucas Beechinor, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or