A recent article in USA Today about the national service project "Make A Difference Day" spotlights Whitman College for its commitment to volunteer work. About 135 Whitman students, faculty and staff are expected to turn out for this year's effort, which takes place Saturday, Oct. 27, spearheaded by the Student Engagement Center. Whitman has participated in Make A Difference Day for more than 10 years.
"One of the reasons why our college has made Make A Difference Day a priority is because it's such a successful way for our students to better understand Walla Walla and Eastern Washington," said Noah Leavitt, assistant dean for student engagement, as quoted in the article. "It really does generate this enormous level of excitement about giving back."
This year, Whitman and the Walla Walla community are partnering to support 14 service projects addressing community needs in areas like health and wellness, education, arts and culture, neighborhoods and communities and the environment.
Philip Dickinson ’14 and Mitchell Fujimoto ’14 volunteer their time to do some much-needed landscaping work along the banks of Garrison Creek during last year's Make A Difference Day.