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Whitworth to Celebrate Community Building Day Throughout Spokane

September 13, 2019
On Wednesday, Sept. 18, more than 1,000 Whitworth students, faculty and staff will take part in a day of service called Community Building Day.

The annual tradition demonstrates the University’s steadfast commitment to the people and organizations in our neighborhoods.

The event will begin at the Field House at 7:30 a.m. with an inspirational message from President Beck A. Taylor. Volunteers will board buses and head out to one of 65 diverse service sites throughout Spokane.

President Taylor and spouse, Julie Taylor, will be joined by Whitworth’s first class of Student Ambassadors at Ronald McDonald House.

The university strives to create sustainable partnerships based on trust and mutual benefit. Many service locations have been part of Community Building Day for years and will be again this year:
  • Whitworth will send about 80 student volunteers to work alongside Holmes Elementary sixth graders collecting trash in West Central(departs Holmes Elementary at 8:45 a.m.) 
  • Katie Creyts, Associate Professor of Art, will take students from the art department to the West Central Community Center for a second year to co-create art pieces with participants in the Support Services programs for adults with disabilities. 
  • Computer science students will lead an Hour of Code at Holmes Elementary. 
  • Whitworth Associate Professor of Physics Markus Ong and his students will refurbish computers that will be distributed to families in need through Catholic Charities Spokane. (7 years)
Some staff and students will try new projects on Community Building Day:
  • Students in the Honors program will hear from community members directly about challenges they face in the region, then engage in brainstorming sessions to imagine ways to address the challenges.
  • The women’s lacrosse team has begun a partnership with the Kalispell Tribe to volunteer alongside tribal partners and share stories of their history.
Community Building Day is supported by Whitworth’s Dornsife Center for Community Engagement and is sponsored for the eighth consecutive year by the Spokane Teachers Credit Union.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Trisha Coder, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or