More than 350 students, faculty, and staff participated in Walla Walla University’s annual fall Service Day on Oct. 14. Participants signed up to help with one of 35 projects throughout the Walla Walla Valley that included work at Fort Walla Walla Museum, the Children’s Home Society of Walla Walla, Davis Elementary School, residences of elderly community members, and many others. Jobs ranged from breakfast preparation for Service Day participants to working with Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity to help build a house for a single mother with three children. Other participants helped with hearing and eye screenings, landscaping, home repairs, construction projects, writing projects, and many other jobs.
“Many of the organizations we help save up large projects each year that require lots of manpower because they know we are coming and they are unable to do it themselves,” said Kelia Cook, junior biology/pre-med major, who planned Service Day.
“Service day is an opportunity for the students and staff to take some time to give back to the community. It is an opportunity for the people of this school to get to know each other in a different capacity than normal,” said Cook.
Students worked side-by-side to finish their projects. Kelsey Duran, a freshman social work major, worked on a project for the YWCA of Walla Walla writing chalk memorials on the sidewalks of downtown Walla Walla for victims of domestic violence, raising awareness about the issue.
Duran said, “Everyone we talked to was amazed and super supportive of the project. They also really appreciated the fact that the university and students were making an effort to give back and to help out in the community. I am glad that we were able to help get conversations started and be a part of something that has an impact on our community and beyond.”
Service Day projects for 2015:
Children’s home Society of Walla Walla—landscaping, debris cleanup
Walla Walla YMCA—yard clean-up
Davis Elementary—working with students and project preparation
Walla Walla Valley Camps—cleaning, painting, bike repair, organization tasks for camp activities and facilities
College Place School District: Davis Elementary—hearing and vision screening for students
Mount Hope Cemetery—cleaning stones, leaf cleanup
Walla Walla Walla University: Film—service projects documentation
Walla Walla university: Food Prep—food prep for Service Day lunch
Walla Walla Walla University: Project 100—Chaplain’s office staff set up, ASWWU photographers, sound crew, and community credit workers
Aging and Long Term Care: Private Residence—landscaping
Kirkman House Museum—yard and garden cleanup, cleaning projects
Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity—Construction tasks on a home for a single mom with 3 girls in order to finish before Thanksgiving
Christian Aid Center—yard work, grounds clean up
Walla Walla County Conservation District—Establish a riparian buffer zone along the side channel of Titus Creek; planting trees along stream bank.
Street cleanup (theology club)—trash pickup
City of Walla Walla Parks & Recreation—Flower cleanup at Pioneer Park
Country Estates—landscaping and indoor cleaning
YWCA of Walla Walla—Sidewalk art in downtown Walla Walla to remember 30 victims of domestic violence for domestic violence awareness month.
Stone Creek Natural Area restoration—blackberry removal
Fort Walla Walla Museum—cleanup of Exhibit 4
Fort Walla Walla Museum—grounds cleanup
Fort Walla Walla Museum—quilt transcription
Fort Walla Walla Museum—light cleaning of Pioneer Village cabins
Blue Ridge Head Start/ECEAP—help in preschool
Bill and Virginia Napier—debris cleanup
Private Residence #1—various tasks
Private Residence #2—various tasks
Private Residence #3—various tasks
Private Residence #4—pick up grass clippings from backyard
Children’s Museum of Walla Walla: EWB—clean, paint, organize, carnival-content creation with indoor and outdoor options
Public Library: Pegasus—shelve books, general duties
Roger’s Elementary—planting flowers, yard work
Private Residence #5—wash windows
Private Residence #6—cleaning house after a move
Posted October 21, 2015.