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University holds first systemwide community service project

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WSU Global Campus is offering all Cougs a chance to give back to their communities in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. by organizing the first ever Caring Cougar Cards project.

WSU Global Campus is offering all Cougs a chance to give back to their communities in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. by organizing the first ever Caring Cougar Cards project.

From 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. Jan. 18, each WSU campus will hold a card making event where Cougs and community members can gather to make greeting cards for those in hospitals, assisted living centers or others in need of a pick-me-up. Those unable to make it to a physical campus can also participate by making cards and sending them to event organizers, or simply sending them along directly to their intended recipients.

Fulfilling the Martin Luther King Jr. Day’s community service mission drove Andria Donnenwerth and her collaborators to plan the systemwide service project.

“Cougs are always more than willing to step up to support their communities with compassion, and so we wanted to give them another way to do that in celebration of the holiday,” Donnenwerth, Global Connection’s student involvement manager, said.  

For organizers, the famed civil rights leader’s quote, “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve,” perfectly articulates the importance of the day and its mission.

Participants can register ahead of time or simply drop-in to in-person events taking place across the system:

  • Everett – Room 101
  • Pullman – Butch’s Den, lower level of the CUB
  • Spokane – Student Diversity Center, SAC 105
  • Tri-Cities – MOSAIC Center for Student Inclusion in Floyd 140
  • Vancouver – VFSC 101, 103 and 105

Global Campus students and staff will be meeting via Zoom and will be connected remotely to all other campuses to allow participants to collaborate and see the creativity of other card makers.

In planning various events, Global Campus is always thinking about how “we can open things up to the entire system and so with our access to online resources we’re able to be inclusive and open to everyone,” Donnenwerth said.

Dozens of Cougs had requested and received card making supplies via mail ahead of the event so that they can participate from home. Those with questions about how to participate or where to mail their cards can email

For more information on programing and events taking place as part of WSU’s MLK program, visit its website.

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