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
Cougs 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:
Students 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.
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.
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.