WALLA WALLA, Wash.— Several Walla Walla and Whitman College organizations are celebrating Make A Difference Day, the U.S day of giving and helping others that this year falls on Saturday, Oct. 24, by making a difference in the lives and energy bills of the occupants of farm labor homes.

Members of Whitman’s Ejustice, a campus group pursuing environmental justice under the auspices of the college’s Campus Climate Challenge and the Campus Greens, will be one element of this effort, said member Natalie Popovich ’10.

A list of other Whitman's Make a Difference Day projects are available at /www.whitman.edu/student-life/student-engagement-center/community-service/annual-events/make-a-difference-day

The Whitman students join an eclectic group of businesses and organizations in Walla Walla that have partnered to distribute and install compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs in the homes families and individuals who might not have the resources to replace their current bulbs.

Whitman joins the Walla Walla Home Depot, Walmart, Blue Mountain Action Council, Walla Walla Sustainable Living Center, Commitment to Community (C2C), the Walla Walla Carbon Offset Plan group and others in this community effort. Under the direction of the Walla Walla Carbon Offset plan, Ejustice will join members of the C2C to help distribute and install CFL bulbs in homes on Saturday (Oct. 24) morning. The group will also recycle the old bulbs they replace.

This is just the beginning of a plan to supply low-income families in Walla Walla with CFL bulbs, said Popovich. The support from local businesses has been encouraging, she said, as have several anonymous donations that have made the project possible.

In the future, Ejustice will continue to help acquire and install CFL bulbs for as many qualified and willing Walla Walla citizens as possible. People and businesses who are interested in learning more or donating money or light bulbs can contact the wwcarbonoffset@gmail.com or the C2C at 509-529-4980.


CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156