Make a Difference Day 2015

There were 74 members of the Whitman community participating in Make a Difference Day this past Saturday, including students, staff, and faculty. IMG_5187We partnered with 17 community organizations this year, which may be a record breaker! Thank you so much to these organizations* for collaborating with us on this event, all of us are grateful for the opportunity to engage with our broader community here in Walla Walla. The gallery below has pictures from almost every one of these projects, but I want to share in particular some highlights from our volunteers’ reflections on the day. The most rewarding parts of some folks’ morning included: “learning that some of the food from the garden would be used to improve school nutritional options,” for another it was “finding a new organization with a cause that I really care about,” or IMG_5186“helping get a school garden up and running smoothly so it will be able to produce yummy snacks and valuable education for students for years to come!” and another student enjoyed “supporting local organizations that I love (like the library)! Giving back to people who give so much!” Participating in Make a Difference Day inspired one volunteer to want to “participate in a service project in Walla Walla for an extended period of time or make lasting connections with community partners.”  We are grateful to all of the volunteers and our community partners for helping us make this event a great success.  For more information on Make a Difference Day or to learn how to get involved in service, please email serviceevents@whitman.edu.

*Our Wonderful Community Partners for Make a Difference Day: Walla Walla Housing Authority, Habitat for Humanity, The Children’s Museum of Walla Walla, The American Red Cross, Fort Walla Walla Museum, Friends of Children, Walla Walla Hospice, Berney Elementary School Garden, Odd Fellows, Care-a-Lot Center, Girls Council, Elks Highway Clean Up, Walla Walla Public Library, Green Park Elementary School Garden, Shaprstein Elementary School Garden, Builder’s ReSupply, andEdison Elementary School Garden.

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