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Vol. CLIV, Issue 10
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Serving Walla Walla: Student volunteer opportunities abound

Volunteering. Sometimes the word seems like a glowing emblem and you want to question its merit. How can any Whitman student truly affect those in the surrounding community? That’s why we decided to write this column: because you can.

As this is our inaugural volunteerism column of the semester, some introductions are in order.

Matt Manley: I have worked for The Pioneer in various capacities for the past two years. I am extremely excited to be writing as a columnist this semester. My vision for this weekly piece is centered on discussing general volunteerism, as well as helping Whitties to involve themselves with existing volunteer opportunities in the Walla Walla community, and discussing the unmet needs of the community. I also hope to bring some specialty knowledge to the column from my position this year as the Adopt-A-Grandparent intern at the Center for Community Service. Last week, I was a leader for one of Whitman’s first-ever Summer Community Outreach Experiences (SCORE) trips, and that has gotten me even more excited to connect students to the community.

Alethea Buchal: I was drawn to write this column from my experience volunteering on Earth Day and at the Blue Mountain Humane Society. After stepping outside of the golden oasis of Whitman into a poorer district of town, I discovered how important it is to break the Whitman bubble! We’re here to learn from each other, our professors, and coursework, but sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the perfection of our campus. We forget the people just down the street who wouldn’t mind talking with a college student and sharing their experiences from the “real world.”

It’s our intent to inform students about opportunities for community involvement, educate about the various needs in the Walla Walla community and help guide students toward the resources that will help them meet these needs. We also encourage anyone to write to The Pioneer and share their volunteer experiences or organizations in need of volunteer support.

Finally, we want to offer an exhortation to everyone: it is never too late to start volunteering. Whether you are new to Whitman and attended your first-ever activities fair this week, or a senior with a little extra time on your hands, look at the various possibilities to lend your time to Walla Walla. If none of the campus-based service organizations interest you, meet with Lina Menard, Community Service Coordinator. It is her job to help you find a service opportunity that matches your skills and interests.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to volunteer much, you should also remember the personal benefits of volunteerism. Volunteering in groups is an excellent way to meet people and build skills. Keep reading here for more info!

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