On October 19, 2022, the university had their 29th annual Fall Service Day. On this day, students were able to participate in more than 30 different service projects that benefited the community.
The event was organized by the WWU Center for Humanitarian Engagement as a way to connect students with volunteer opportunities in their community. Over 500 students attended service projects including community garden renovation, cleaning and organizing for Hope Heals, and performing maintenance at Blue Mountain Therapeutic Riding.
“We have continued to hear great things from our community partners and people in the community that our students interacted with,” said Jonathon Simmons, associate director of CHE. “Students gained exposure to the amazing things happening in the Walla Walla Valley.”
Aurora Gault, senior theology major, participated in the service project presented by the student missions and education clubs. The group went to Sunset Villa, a local retirement community, to clean homes and yards. Gault’s service project consisted of helping a resident clean her home. While cleaning, Gault was able to foster a connection with the resident they were helping. “It was really special getting to know her, and see the difference I was making in her life,” said Gault.
Much planning goes into the organization of fall service day. Simmons said the event is unique in that it allows CHE to get to know their community partners better and learn how to best help them. “We don’t see this as just one day of service—we see it as a way to create partnerships and connect students with opportunities to serve all year round,” said Simmons.
To learn more about CHE and the service opportunities they provide, visit wallawalla.edu/che.
Posted Nov. 29, 2022