By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities
RICHLAND, Wash. – The Nov. 8 vote is over, but Tri-Cities community members can still exercise their civic duty by volunteering during Washington State University Tri-Cities’ first service week Nov. 12-19.
“This is the first time we’ve had a whole week connected directly to student and community volunteerism,” said Amber Eubanks, WSU Tri-Cities community engagement specialist.
As part of the effort, she said, donations of nonperishable food for the WSU Tri-Cities Cougar Cupboard and Second Harvest will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 18, in in East 228. Donations also are welcome through Tuesday, Nov. 15, of gently used cotton shirts, towels and clean socks that will be recycled into toys for shelter dogs and cats.
“This is an excellent opportunity for us to join forces with community members to make a difference for local programs that have a direct impact in the Tri-Cities and across Washington,” she said. “We have something for everyone throughout the week.”
The week is hosted by WSU Tri-Cities’ Cougs in the Community and the Associated Students of WSU Tri-Cities. Service opportunities include:
Saturday, Nov. 12
• 9 a.m.-noon, Bateman Island trash cleanup at Wye Park, Richland, organized by the WSU Tri-Cities Environmental Club. Bring gloves, snacks and a reusable water bottle. Bags and buckets will be provided by the city.
Monday, Nov. 14
• 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Operation Thank You card writing to military members serving overseas, WSU Tri-Cities West Atrium.
• 3-5 p.m., Operation Thank You package sorting for military members serving overseas, 1004 Long St., Richland.
Tuesday, Nov. 15
• 8 a.m.-noon, Operation Thank You package sorting, 1004 Long St., Richland.
• 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Toys for Pups fabric toymaking for shelter animals, WSU Tri-Cities East 228.
Wednesday, Nov. 16
• Noon-2 p.m., make children’s sensory toys for the Autism Society of Washington, WSU Tri-Cities 244.
Thursday, Nov. 17
• 9 a.m.-5 p.m., walk dogs and play with cats at TC Animal Shelter, 1312 S. 18th Ave., Pasco. Bring closed-toe shoes and a photo ID. The shelter has collars and leashes but feel free to bring your own.
• 9 a.m.-5 p.m., stop by the West Building entrance during Giving Day to learn how you can donate to WSU entities. WSU Tri-Cities has a campus goal of 100 donations.
Friday, Nov. 18
• Noon-2 p.m., Thanksgiving feast for students, faculty and staff with donation of at least one nonperishable food item, WSU Tri-Cities West Atrium.
• 7-9 p.m., free ice skating and collection for winter clothing drive, Toyota Ice Rink, Kennewick. Clothes will go to Skyline Adventures Outreach for youth programs. Recommended donations include: gloves, socks (must be new) and jackets in good condition.
Saturday, Nov. 19
• 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Turkey Drive to help Second Harvest distribute turkeys, the TRAC, Pasco. Sign up in East 228 before the event and wear warm clothing.
News media contacts:
Amber Eubanks, WSU Tri-Cities community engagement, 509-372-7106, email@example.com
Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities public relations, 509-372-7333, firstname.lastname@example.org