Volunteer Opportunities in Walla Walla (Summer 2015)

With Summer 2015 upon us there are a variety of new opportunities for volunteering in Walla Walla! Here are a collection of the ones we’ve been hearing about – Stay tuned for new additions!

Elevate My Recovery – Housing in Crisis Situations
Learn more about the organization and the many volunteer opportunities at www.elevatemyrecovery.com

pandaCamp Amanda is a weekend camp for children ages 7 – 14 who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives. Campers will learn about the stages of grief, and coping skills for the process. Campers interact with other children who have experienced similar losses, and are able to share their thoughts during bereavement lessons while spending time in activities such as swimming, fishing, crafts and games.

Camp is held the last full weekend in July. There is no cost. Transportation to and from camp is not provided.

There are three jobs they are looking for help with this summer:
1) students willing to pass out brochures to various businesses and doctors’ offices in the area
2) students interested in lifeguarding at the camp this summer
3) students interested in being counselors at the camp July 24, 25, 26

Any  interested students please email Josie Furbeshaw (furberjn@whitman.edu) or Mary Wollmuth (mary@wwhospice.org).

Children’s Resilience Inititative (CRI)
CRI works to spread awareness about the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE), the impacts of toxic stress on the developing brain, and how resilience can help buffer those long-term health effects. A Whitman student will help with a variety of tasks, from developing materials for parent, classroom and community providers, to managing aspects of the work CRI is involved with, at the local and state level. A student would get a good inside look at a small grassroots community-driven project that has gained national attention for its work.

Please contact Teri Barila at 509/301-2488 or at this email (teri.barila@wwcc.edu)

Walla Walla Habitat for Humanity is ready for volunteers to help “step up” on their 506 Edith home. Workers can call Luke directly at 509-520-5000 to check the need for that week. They hope to see you all and your groups out on the site soon! You can also call Ted Cummings with questions about this opportunity at 509-386-5276.

Kirkman House Museum
Could use some help with paint removal and application.  The position will require someone who likes detail work, has patience, and will be committed to see the project through.  When it is hot, work will be done in the morning and evening with afternoons off. So hot days will typically be 8am to 10:30am and 7pm until dark.  When it’s not hot work can be done anytime during the day.  There may be other opportunities to learn other tasks. Contact Rick Tuttle – Board Member at 509.529.4373 or 509.386.8447 to learn more.


Katie Stewart ’15 Writes About Her Experiences Working For The City Of Dayton

This past semester, I have had the opportunity to work with the City of Dayton Planning Department on the city’s sign and sidewalk code update project. The sign and sidewalk code is a set of regulations for the number, size, and type of signs a given property can display. The exact regulations depend on the zoning district as well as property street frontage. Since the most recent code update occurred over fifteen years ago and was never officially enforced, there is much work to be done on finding the best signage requirements for the Katie Stewart_Dayton photoDayton community. While strict regulations would likely improve the overall historic “feel” of the downtown, the eventual code must not be so extensive that it detracts from the success of the local businesses. The key, I have realized, is to pinpoint the “sweet spot” of regulating without needlessly restricting. In order to identify this “sweet spot,” lines of communication must be opened between community members and the city planning department.

To foster this communication, I have been tasked with organizing multiple community workshops. These workshops provided a valuable opportunity for members of the business community to voice their opinions about downtown signage. Through this internship, I’ve learned how to organize events that best facilitate discussion between multiple different special interest groups.

Overall, drafting a code that takes into account the wishes of both the business community and leaders within the historical preservation society has been a challenging, but rewarding process; through this experience I have learned how to coordinate the diverse needs of multiple parties in order to create a code that optimally fulfills the goals of the city.

How to Post Positions in iEngage – For On-Campus Employers

Hello Whitman Hiring Managers, thanks for your willingness to use iEngage! We appreciate the time you take to help make the hiring process on campus as seamless and accessible as possible and have put together this short post on how to put positions within iEngage. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to email us at sec_info@whitman.edu.

Lets get started! If you prefer to watch a video explanation you can click here. Or directly below to watch step by step instructions on creating an account and posting a job in iEngage.

1. Use this page to create an account in iEngage. On these pages you’ll fill out some basic information about your department, the sort of work you do and your basic contact information. After this just hit submit. Within 2-3 days your account will be approved and you can start posting to iEngage. If you need to post a position right away please call our office and we can speed up the account approval process.

Home Screen2. Once your account has been approved you’ll sign into iEnage with your new account and see a screen like this:

Now Click the “Create Job Posting” link on the right side of the page.

On Campus Checkbox3. Once you click this link you should be directed to a page link the one below. The first step is to click the “On-Campus” box. Once done with that you must (at a minimum) enter information into the fields denoted with a red asterisk.

One of the most important sections to accurately fill out is the “fields of interest” section. We use it to connect potential applicants with students who might be interested in your position.

4. When you get to the section titled “Application Process” decide if you want iEngage to manage your applications or if you would prefer to have students contact you directly. Read the instructions closely to choose your preference of method. You can also add additional instructions and attachments for students to complete.

5. Once finished, hit “Submit” at the bottom of the page. If you need to save and come back later, choose that option at the bottom of the page instead.

6. Once you hit submit the position will be sent to the SEC for approval. If you need the position to be posted more rapidly than 2-3 days please let us know and we will approve it more quickly.

7. Lastly, if you need help reaching out to students to advertise your position, either through social media, target emails, or listserv announcements, don’t hesitate to ask us for help!

Good luck and let us know if you have any questions by emailing sec_info@whitman.edu


Alison Danko ’15 Writes About Her Experiences Working for ECONorthwest

This spring, I received the SEC Internship Grant to work remotely as a research analyst for ECONorthwest, an economic consulting firm in Portland, Oregon. I have worked on several projects for different clients over the semester, including affordable housing funding applications and research on expectations of future land supply. Since January, I have worked in ECONorthwest’s Portland office on two separate occasions. Working remotely is very different than working in the office with coworkers, but in my opinion, an equally important skill to have. Here are a few things I have learned while working remotely:

1. Keep emails brief and phone calls efficient.

2. Follow-up emails are important: sending an email summarizing phone conversations will keep everyone on the same page about assignments and deadlines.

3. You can work in your sweatpants.

4. You can work from anywhere (Walla Walla or elsewhere).

Alison Danko_ECONorthwest_Working Remotely from KauaiWorking remotely from Kauai.

Interning at ECONorthwest has been a great experience, and I can’t wait to start working there full time in June!

Whitman hosts first annual career center event

Originally Published by Whitman Communications
May 18, 2015

Career Center EventThis past Friday, career center administrators from 15 colleges around Washington state met in the Reid Campus Center ballroom to discuss their work connecting students with professional development opportunities.

“Getting together with your professional colleagues from different schools provides for a wealth of new ideas, support and engagement in trends for career counseling, advising and networking,” Assistant Director for Career Development Gayle Townsend ’80 said.

The morning consisted of a session addressing key issues for career centers, including living/learning communities, bridge-to-work programs, career trends, conferences and more.

This was followed by a discussion with four students (two from Whitman, two from Walla Walla University), who joined the group to give some insight into how career centers can best engage with students.

Whitman student and economics major Susanna Bowers ’15 (pictured above) has worked in Whitman’s Student Engagement Center for the past three years. She got a spring internship with the Walla Walla Sweets baseball team and a summer internship with Alaska Airlines.

“I wouldn’t have had such a great experience without the SEC,” she said. After she graduates, Bowers has a job with Expedia, which she credits to her experiences with her past internships.

“I feel like a lot of my friends don’t know what services we offer,” she added, suggesting that students should have to produce a resume after their first semester of college just to get them started.

Tyler Sherman, a junior business major from Walla Walla University, agreed, commenting that the key to engaging with students is awareness. This past summer, he interned for the Washington State legislature. To get this job, he relied on the Walla Walla University career center for help.

“I appreciated the help navigating the job search. David [Lindstrom, the director of the career development center,] coached me through the interview, resume and so much more,” he said, but wished that he had known about the resources available to him from the start of his college experience.

After the student panel, employers from both sides of the state replaced the students to discuss what employers want from recent college graduates.

Townsend said of the student panel, “[We learned that] it is incredibly important to connect with first-year students right at the beginning. Being accessible and familiar to students will increase their tendency to seek out help from the Student Engagement Center. Also [to] tap into ideas from current interns and office employees working in the SEC to find out what they think is on student’s minds and what they are concerned about.”

The group moved to Walla Walla University after lunch to discuss the future of college career centers, which they did in small groups until the end of the day.

“Developing professional relationships with career center staffs from schools around the state provides a connection that is invaluable to professional development in our profession,” Townsend said.