The Evergreen State College Orients New Students to Contribute to the Community

August 19, 2008

Contact: Ellen Shortt Sanchez, Evergreen Center for Community Based Learning and Action 867-6859

When: Wednesday, September 24, 12:00- 5:00

Who: Evergreen students new to college who participating in orientation week activities and college transition program “Community Connections” will join Center for Community Based Learning faculty and staff for an afternoon of service learning.

What: Community to Community: A Service Learning Day Sponsored by Evergreen’s Center for Community Based Learning and Action, funded by Washington Campus Compact Learn and Serve grant.

This year’s theme supports the Hunger Free Thurston County Coalition (Thurston County Food Bank, GRUB, and Left Foot Organics). Students are asked to lend their muscle and mind to:


Sites include:

  • Thurston County Food Bank – TCFB works closely with rural food banks in Rochester, Tenino and Yelm, providing direct food assistance and technical support. TCFB serves over 27,000 individuals annually.
  • Lincoln School Garden – Elementary school garden used for school projects and lunches. Enhance the beauty of the school environment and familiarize students with the principles of our natural world.
  • Yelm Earthworm – Provides countless individuals and companies worldwide, with valuable information and a comprehensive line products to assist them in vermiculture, vermicomposting, horticulture and organic farming.
  • Olympia Salvage- Supports recycling building materials by salvaging and re-using materials for construction.
  • Rachel Corrie Foundation –Programs that foster connections between people, building understanding, respect, and appreciation for differences, and that promote cooperation within and between local and global communities particularly the Palestine – Israeli conflict.
  • Habitat for Humanity- South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with those in need of affordable housing in the Olympia area. Join community volunteers at the east-side building site.
  • Left Foot Organics- Non-profit organization promotes self-sufficiency for people with developmental disabilities through growing organic food.
  • USDA – Contribute to and learn about Habitat and Nisqually river restoration.