Cougs in the Community

Cougs in the Community News for 2014-20115

The First Non-Profit Summit, Held by Cougs in the Community, at Washington State University Tri-Cities was a Huge Success.


KVEW TV was there to capture the event and share their experience with the public. Ken Fincher, the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement & Community Engagement and the Event coordinator for Cougs in the community tells us “The Non-Profit Summit is a giant step forward to providing solutions and meeting the needs of the Tri-Cities community. Singularly, NPO’s do great work, but when they collaborate together, join forces and utilize human resources to the hilt, amazing things happen. That is why WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Keith Moo-Young created Cougs in the Community, to engage with the community, provide solutions and be a giving committed community partner.”

To read the KVEW TV article, click on the picture below.


Annual American Red Cross Blood Drive

Various student groups partner with the American Red Cross throughout the academic year, to encourage students, faculty, and staff to participate in the campus blood drives.

Tri-Cities Union Gospel:

The Tri-Cities Union Gospel Mission receives a higher volume of items during the holidays, but are in high need of items throughout the year. Nursing students partnered with the Tri-Cities Union Gospel Mission (UGM) to collect items for needy local families during the month of March (2015).

Annual Volunteer Fair:

WSU Tri-Cities students host an annual volunteer fair. Local non-profit organizations are invited to share how students can make a positive impact in our community, through community involvement and engagement.

Yakama Nation Spring Break Mentoring:


WSU Tri-Cities students and staff traveled to the Yakama Nation reservation in Toppenish, Washington, to mentor students from the Yakama Tribal School for their alternative spring break. WSU Tri-Cities students and staff spent one day working with the tribal school students on individual project-based earning presentations. The students completed projects on topics including radio broadcasting, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), acting, success in the music industry, the science behind mindset, and the impact of tornadoes in the United States. Each Cougar student was paired up with a tribal school student to help them work on research, organization and presentation skills and mentoring. The Cougar students worked one-on-one with tribal school students, while discussing the rich culture of the Yakama Nation and other tribes.

Cougar Pride Days

headshot-mask-5Cougs in the Community brought together students, faculty, alumni and others together to servethe community. Volunteers spent one day beautifying WSU Tri-Cities’ campus. The next day in partnership with Habitat for Humanity’s Home Preservation Program, volunteers dedicated their time to painting the homes of elderly, disabled or other struggling residents of Cedar Homes in Pasco.

(Support, Advocacy, & Resource Center) Little People Project:

ASWSU partnered with SARC to engage students in a conversation about the Little People Project – a project which aims to raise recognition for Child Abuse in our local area. Students learned how they could get involved with the
project/SARC and how they could help address this issue.

WSU Tri-Cities Garden Planting:


Students and the community assisted in planting a campus garden. 600 plants were planted by volunteers from Rotary Club, Native Plant Society Members, Benton Franklin Conservation District Heritage Gardeners, and WSU students. The garden can be used for WSU classes like Ecology, Botany, Biology and Horticulture. The garden will also be a place the public are invited to come to learn about sustainable horticulture for their homes and to learn about native plants and why they are important to our native pollinator population.


Annual 5K Fund the Future:

45Students work with administration and the community to host an annual run that provides book stipends for students at the WSU Tri-Cities Campus. For the 2015 run, students partnered with The Tri-City Court Club, Bluewood Ski Resort, Runner’s Soul, Greenies, the Tri-Cities Dust Devils and Trot Therapeutic Riding.

Polar Plunge:

WSU Tri-Cities students recruited participants for the annual Polar Plunge, a fundraiser which benefits and supports the Special Olympics of Washington State.

Social Justice Institute:

WSU Tri-Cities students hosted the Social Justice Institute which served as a forum to discuss privilege and oppression in the realm of social justice. Participants learned ways to address the challenges of infusing social justice into our campus and local community. In addition, participants gained a deepened understanding of the dynamics of oppression at the individual, group, cultural, and systems level.

Cougar Cupboard:

Washington State University Tri-Cities established a food bank specifically for WSU Tri-Cities students. Many college students use their financial aid to live off of for the semester so they can go to school full time. Financial aid often does not cover the full living expenses for the students, and making ends meet is often difficult. Our goal is to provide free non-perishable food items to needy students at WSU Tri-Cities. This program will help bridge the gap for students so they can successfully meet the basic needs of their family.

Cougar Pride Day 2014, April 4-5, 2014

Chancellor Moo-Young pushing a wheelbarrow

Community invited to join WSU Tri-Cities for Cougar Pride Days campus and neighborhood clean-up projects in April

Students and the community will join forces the first weekend in April to beautify Washington State University Tri-Cities and to help transform a neighborhood in West Richland.

Cougar Pride Days are part of Cougs In The Community, a new service-based learning program at WSU Tri-Cities initiated by Chancellor H. Keith Moo-Young and Monika Moo-Young.

Cougs in the Community provides an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, alumni, family members and community partners to demonstrate good citizenship and make a difference in the Tri-Cities. This program is especially designed to give students an opportunity to engage in civic activities and network while having fun sharing knowledge, skills, and resources in a volunteer environment.

Two projects are planned:

  • Friday, April 4 — Volunteers will beautify the WSU Tri-Cities campus in Richland with outdoor projects from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., including painting, cleaning, gardening. Participants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Saturday, April 5 — Cougs will team with Habitat for Humanity to help residents in the Desert View Park, a manufactured home community in West Richland where all residents have been asked to repaint their homes by the end of May. Many of these homeowners are elderly, disabled or have other circumstances that mean they need help completing yard cleanup and home repairs. The Habitat for Humanity project is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Families are welcome, although minors must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or club advisor.

See a photo gallery from the weekend’s event

Cougs PAWS for Cause, Nov. 18–29, 2013

Glove and Sock Drive, November 18–29, 2013

Paws for Cause

Bins are available at the following Cougar-owned & supported businesses:


  • Gordon Estates Wine Bar
  • Broadmoor RV


  • Tony Roma’s
  • The Country Gentleman


  • Frost Me Sweet
  • Sunwest Sportswear
  • WSU Tri-Cities Crimson Café

All proceeds will benefit the Union Gospel Mission of Kennewick

Bring your gloves and socks to WSU vs. UW Apple Cup watch party on Friday, November 29 (kick-off at noon) at the following locations:

Tony Roma’s — Kennewick

Gordon Estates Wine Bar — Pasco