The Evergreen State College Center for Community Based Learning and Action received a $41,750 grant from Learn and Serve America and Washington Campus Compact to facilitate discussions between local higher education institutions to support community-based service learning in our area. The goal is to discuss critical issues and build coalition to meet critical community needs.
The project launched a service learning gathering Monday August 11 at The Evergreen State College. Participants from St. Martins, South Puget Sound Community College, Olympic, Centralia, Green River, and Clark Colleges joined Evergreen faculty and staff to investigate poverty and flood relief issues. Local organizations POWER (Parents Organized for Welfare and Economic Rights) and Lewis County Long Term Recovery Organization presented compelling stories of families struggling with poverty and communities affected by December 2007 floods.
This network of service learning efforts at seven local colleges will strengthen our regional ability to contribute to making our community better. The project plans to share the story of the power of student learning that makes a difference.