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Whitworthians Head Out to Serve for Community Building Day

September 26, 2023

Whitworthians will head out into the community on Wednesday, Sept. 27, to continue the tradition of Community Building Day. This year, faculty and students will meet at the Fieldhouse at 7:20 a.m. and take buses to several locations where they’ll volunteer their time for four hours.

The annual day of service is organized by Whitworth’s Dornsife Center for Community Engagement. Each year, all incoming first-year students and transfer seminar students, along with any students or faculty who’d like to volunteer, participate in various service projects throughout Spokane to live out Whitworth’s mission of honoring God, following Christ and serving humanity.

The day is designed to introduce Whitworth students to the good work taking place throughout the city and invite students to see themselves as a part of the larger Spokane community in a meaningful way.

Here are just a few of the organizations Whitworth will be assisting:

Cat Tales

Catholic Charities

Free Reign Therapeutic Riding

Habitat for Humanity

Lilac Services for the Blind

ParaSport Spokane

Community Building Day 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 cleanup and improvement projects throughout Spokane.

About Whitworth University:

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of about 2,500 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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