Center for Civic Engagement

Poverty Awareness Week (PAW)

November 13-19, 2016

Each year, the WSU CCE invites students, staff, faculty, and community members to help raise awareness of poverty during the week before Thanksgiving break, November 13-19, 2016. Throughout this week, the CCE partners with several WSU departments, student groups, and community organizations to hold events and activities.


How Can I Get Involved?

There are many ways for students, staff, faculty, and community members to get involved!

  • Create an Event: Student groups, classes, departments, and community organizations hold events for Poverty Awareness Week every year. Planning meetings begin in October. 2016 materials for planners can be downloaded at bit.ly/paw16.
  • Participate in an Event: Each year, campus and community members come together to plan events ranging from discussions and documentaries to food and supplies drives. Events are listed below!
  • Participate in Service Projects: There are hundreds of service projects listed on CougSync at any time, so all you have to do is sign in using your WSU network ID and password and search for projects near you.
  • Talk to Others about Poverty: One of the biggest ways you can help is by raising awareness about poverty. Use the downloadable handouts below to start conversations.
  • Hang Up the Event Posters: You can download and print event posters to hang up. 2016 posters are available here.
  • Raise Awareness on Social Media: Use #CougsAgainstPoverty when talking about Poverty Awareness Week on social media and change your profile pic and cover photos to the free downloadable designs.

If you have questions, contact Erin McIlraith, CCE Marketing & Communication Coordinator, at emcilraith@wsu.edu.


Events

  • Global Campus Events

    #CougsAgainstPoverty Selfie Prize Raffle

    Sunday, November 13 – Saturday, November 19 | All Day | Instagram or Twitter

    Show your support and raise awareness about Poverty by writing #CougsAgainstPoverty on your palm and taking a photo of yourself! Post your photo on Twitter or Instagram to be entered into a raffle for a chance win a CCE “Be the Change” mug. You must include the hashtag #CougsAgainstPoverty in your post to be entered in the drawing.

    You can enter up to twice, once on Twitter and once on Instagram, but you must use two different photos of yourself. Please also email your photos to cce.marketing@wsu.edu for inclusion in our 2016 Poverty Awareness Week Facebook album!

    Sponsor: WSU Center for Civic Engagement


    Community Service Projects

    Sunday, November 13 – Saturday, November 19 | Sign up on cougsync.wsu.edu

    Community service is a great way to give back to your community and fight poverty locally. Students can sign up for a variety of projects on CougSync; just search for your interests or by location! Students should bring their Record of Civic Engagement form to the project and have it signed by a representative from the community organization. You can also send photos to cce.marketing@wsu.edu to be included in the 2016 Poverty Awareness Week Facebook album.

    Sponsor: Center for Civic Engagement


    Public Square Poverty Discussion

    Wednesday, November 16 | 3 PM – 4 PM | youtube.com/wsucce

    Whitman County is the poorest county in Washington state. What do we need to know about poverty to make a difference? Join fellow students, faculty, staff, and community members to discuss issues related to poverty. Students will earn an hour of civic engagement time for participating in this event. Click here to learn more about Public Square events.

    Sponsors: Center for Civic Engagement, WSU Libraries, & Compton Union


    Access Food for Your Family Webinar

    Wednesday, November 16 | 6:30 PM | connections.wsu.edu

    Sponsor: WSU Global Campus & Global Connections

    Within the last 30 days, 22% of college students have experienced food insecurity. Food insecurity, “the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food,” can affect anyone during a variety of life stages. This live webinar will highlight how to find emergency food in your area, assistance to feed children, food for the holiday season, and how to apply for EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer), formerly known as food stamps. While registering and signing into this webinar, participants are welcome to use their initials rather than their full name for confidentiality. Click here to register for this webinar.

    Sponsors: WSU Global Campus & Global Connections

     

  • All Week, November 13 – November 19 Events

    Fall Food Drive

    Sunday, November 13 – Saturday, November 19 | | 8 AM – 5 PM | Talmadge Anderson Cultural House (935 B St), Asian Pacific American Cultural House (905 C St), Casa Latina Cultural House (955 B St), Native American Cultural House (975 B St) &Lighty 232, WSU Pullman

    Help support the Pullman food pantry at Community Action Center by donating food at one of the cultural houses or in Lightly 232 all week long. Visit cce.wsu.edu/donationguide for a list of most needed items for food pantries.

    Sponsor: Office of Equity & Diversity

    Beneficiary: Community Action Center


    Rosario’s Place Children (Ages 0-6) Supplies Drive

    Monday, November 14 – Friday, November 18 | 8 AM – 5 PM | CUB 308, CUB L48/45 & Wilson-Short 8, WSU Pullman

    Rosario’s Place is a an on-campus service that provides student-parents with quality, free clothing, toys, diapers, and supplies for children ages 0-6. GPSA will be collecting children’s supplies, gently used children’s clothing, books, and toys. Suggested supplies include diapers, wipes, and other hygiene products. Newborn clothing is especially needed at this time.

    Sponsor: GPSA & Women’s Resource Center

    Beneficiary: Rosario’s Place


    Poverty Quick Facts Display

    Monday, November 14 – Friday, November 18 | All Day | WSU Dining Halls, WSU Pullman

    Check out posters in the WSU dining halls all week long to learn more about poverty in Whitman County, Washington state, the US, and worldwide.

    Sponsor: ASWSU

  • Monday, November 14 Events

    Poverty Simulation

    6 PM – 8 PM | St. James Episcopal Church, 1410 NE Stadium Way, Pullman

    Do you know what it’s like to feel the frustrations of being poor and having to access needed social services? This event will help you to “walk in the shoes” of those in poverty. Visit bit.ly/povsim2016 to register. Students will earn civic engagement time for participating in this event.

    Sponsors: Common Ministry at WSU, Coalition for Women Students (The Association for Pacific and Asian Women, Black Women's Caucus, Men for Social Change, Mujeres Unidas, Native American Women's Association, and the YWCA of WSU), & Community Action Partnership Lewiston

  • Tuesday, November 15 Events

    Hunger Dinner

    6 PM – 8 PM | Ensminger Pavilion, WSU Pullman

    This event is an interactive way of bringing awareness to the issues of hunger and poverty both locally and internationally and giving students an opportunity to experience this and then discuss based on their experiences.

    Sponsor: International Development Club

  • Wednesday, November 16 Events

    Business & Formal Clothing Donation Drive

    11 AM – 2 PM | Glenn Terrell Mall, WSU Pullman

    Donate business and formal clothing for the TRIO Student Support Services Professional Clothing Bank to help fellow Cougs who can’t afford these items prepare for interviews.

    Sponsor: ASWSU

    Beneficiary: TRIO Student Support Services


    "Why don't you just...?" A Public Square Discussion on Poverty

    3 PM – 4 PM | CUB Butch’s Den, WSU Pullman & youtube.com/wsucce

    Poverty is a complex issue, and easily misunderstood by those who haven’t been affected by it. In fact, poverty can intensify already difficult life situations, such as unemployment and domestic violence. Join a discussion led by Amber Morczek, a WSU PhD Candidate, and Ben Calabretta, the Associate Director of the Center for Civic Engagement, to learn more about issues facing those in poverty, and how we can begin to address them.

    Students will earn an hour of civic engagement time for participating in this event. Click here to sign up on CougSync. Global Campus students can join the discussion on CCE’s YouTube channel. Public Square discussions are free and open to the public. Click here to learn more about Public Square events.

    Sponsors: Center for Civic Engagement, WSU Libraries, & Compton Union


    Moscow Food Co-op Bulk Food Repackaging Project at WSU

    4 PM – 6 PM | CUE Atrium, WSU Pullman

    During this event, volunteers will help repackage bulk foods such as beans, oats, and rice in smaller packages accompanied by recipes and other information. All repackaged foods will be donated to the Community Action Center in Pullman. All funds used to purchase this food have been donated by Moscow Food Co-op shoppers through their Food Bank Bag donation program. Students will earn two hours of civic engagement time for participating in this event.

    Sponsors: Moscow Food Co-op, Backyard Harvest, ASWSU GIVE, & Food Recovery WSU Pullman Club

    Beneficiary: Community Action Center


    Access Food for Your Family Webinar

    6:30 PM | connections.wsu.edu

    Sponsor: WSU Global Campus & Global Connections

    Within the last 30 days, 22% of college students have experienced food insecurity. Food insecurity, “the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food,” can affect anyone during a variety of life stages. This live webinar will highlight how to find emergency food in your area, assistance to feed children, food for the holiday season, and how to apply for EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer), formerly known as food stamps. While registering and signing into this webinar, participants are welcome to use their initials rather than their full name for confidentiality. Click here to register for this webinar.

    Sponsors: WSU Global Campus & Global Connections


    Starfish Throwers Documentary Screening & Fresh Food Drive

    6:30 PM – 9 PM | Kenworthy Theater, 508 S Main Street, Moscow

    Come watch this free community screening of Starfish Throwers. Doors open at 6:30pm and attendees are encouraged to bring a fresh food donation to the screening. Backyard Harvest will be present to accept donations and will help distribute all foods donated during the event. In the film, a five-star chef, a twelve-year-old girl, and a retired schoolteacher discover how their individual efforts to feed the poor ignite a movement in the fight against hunger.

    Sponsors: Moscow Food Co-op, University of Idaho Sustainability Center, & Backyard Harvest

    Beneficiary: Backyard Harvest

  • Thursday, November 17 Events

    Hot Chocolate Fundraiser

    10 AM – 2 PM | Glenn Terrell Mall, WSU Pullman

    Stop by Delta Delta Delta’s table on the Mall to buy a hot chocolate in support of Family Promise of the Palouse! Family Promise provides immediate shelter to homeless families in the community while helping people achieve lasting independence.

    Sponsor: Delta Delta Delta Sorority

    Beneficiary: Family Promise of the Palouse


    Lost In the Crowd Documentary Screening & Discussion

    5:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Todd 434, WSU Pullman

    This documentary is about the lives of homeless LGBTQ+ youth in New York. Our goal is to support the recognition of Poverty Awareness while incorporating the values of our clubs such as inclusivity and equality, since this issue is highly prevalent in the LGBTQ+ community. Students will earn civic engagement time for participating in this event.

    Sponsors: Sociology Club, Gender & Sexuality Alliance, Queer People of Color and Allies, Men for Social Change, & Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse


    In Their Shoes Domestic Violence Workshop

    5:30 PM – 7 PM | CUE 518, WSU Pullman

    Women and children in poverty are often trapped in abusive situations by a lack of financial resources. Join the YWCA of WSU, WSU’s Women’s Resource Center, and Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse in an interactive workshop and discussion based on true stories of women and domestic violence in Washington state. We’ll discuss the complexity of domestic violence, while looking at specific barriers individuals in abusive relationships face when they are in poverty. Students will earn civic engagement time for participating in this event. Click here to register.

    Sponsors: YWCA of WSU, Women’s Resource Center, & Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse

  • Friday, November 18 Events

    Moscow Food Co-op Bulk Food Repackaging at the Co-op

    6 PM – 8 PM | Meet at the Co-op Customer Service Desk, 121 E 5th Street, Moscow

    During this event, volunteers will help repackage bulk foods such as beans, oats, and rice in smaller packages accompanied by recipes and other information. All repackaged foods will be divided up and donated to food banks throughout Latah County. All funds used to purchase this food have been donated by Moscow Food Co-op shoppers through their Food Bank Bag donation program. Students will earn civic engagement time for participating in this event. Students should bring their Record of Civic Engagement form to the project and have it signed by a Moscow Food Co-op or Backyard Harvest representative. 

    Sponsors: Moscow Food Co-op, & Backyard Harvest

    Beneficiary: Latah County Food Banks

  • Saturday, November 19 Events

    Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser & Soup Packet Packaging Project

    8 AM – 10:30 AM | Whelan Grange Hall, 4902 SR 27, Pullman

    Everyone is invited to the Whelan Grange Hall enjoy a pancake breakfast for $8, which will support the Whelan-Ewartsville Grange. After breakfast, join others who are serving the community by packaging soup for the new Potlatch Food Bank. Students will earn civic engagement time for participating in the soup packaging project. Students should bring their Record of Civic Engagement form to the project and have it signed by a Homestead Ministries representative. Click here to register.

    Sponsors: Whelan-Ewartsville Grange & Homestead Ministries

    Beneficiary: Potlatch Food Bank

  • Community Service Projects

    Community Service Projects

    Sunday, November 13 – Saturday, November 19 | Sign up on cougsync.wsu.edu

    Community service is a great way to give back to your community and fight poverty locally. Students can sign up for a variety of projects on CougSync; just search for your interests or by location! Students should bring their Record of Civic Engagement form to the project and have it signed by a representative from the community organization.

    The CCE also offers CCE-led projects for Pullman students. We provide transportation to these projects from campus and back. Click here to browse CCE-led project options on CougSync, or click here to view the downloadable CCE-led projects calendar.

    You can also send photos to cce.marketing@wsu.edu to be included in the 2016 Poverty Awareness Week Facebook album.

    CCE-Led Projects: bit.ly/cceledprojects

    All CougSync Projects: bit.ly/wsuservice

    Request Group Project: bit.ly/groupservice

    Sponsor: Center for Civic Engagement

  • #CougsAgainstPoverty Selfie Prize Raffle

    #CougsAgainstPoverty Selfie Prize Raffle

    Sunday, November 13 – Saturday, November 19 | All Day | Instagram or Twitter

    Show your support and raise awareness about Poverty by writing #CougsAgainstPoverty on your palm and taking a photo of yourself! Post your photo on Twitter or Instagram to be entered into a raffle for a chance win a CCE “Be the Change” mug. You must include the hashtag #CougsAgainstPoverty in your post to be entered in the drawing.

    You can enter up to twice, once on Twitter and once on Instagram, but you must use two different photos of yourself. Please also email your photos to cce.marketing@wsu.edu for inclusion in our 2016 Poverty Awareness Week Facebook album!

    Sponsor: WSU Center for Civic Engagement

  • Sponsors & Beneficiaries List

    Event Sponsors

    The CCE would like to thank the amazing campus and community organizations who held events for Poverty Awareness Week 2016. 33 organizations came together to plan 17 events and numerous service projects.

    WSU Sponsors: Associated Students of WSU (ASWSU), Association for Pacific and Asian Women, ASWSU GIVE, Black Women's Caucus, Center for Civic Engagement, Coalition for Women Students, Compton Union, Delta Delta Delta Sorority, Food Recovery WSU Pullman Club, Gender & Sexuality Alliance, Global Connections, Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA), Interfraternity Council, International Development Club, Men for Social Change, Mujeres Unidas, Native American Women's Association, Office of Equity & Diversity, Panhellenic Council, Queer People of Color & Allies, Sociology Club, Women’s Resource Center, WSU Global Campus, WSU Libraries, and YWCA of WSU

    Community Sponsors: Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, Backyard Harvest, Common Ministry at WSU, Community Action Partnership Lewiston, Homestead Ministries, Moscow Food Co-op, University of Idaho Sustainability Center, and Whelan-Ewartsville Grange

    Donation Beneficiaries: Backyard Harvest, Community Action Center, Family Promise of the Palouse, Latah County Food Banks, Potlatch Food Bank, Whelan-Ewartsville Grange, WSU Rosario’s Place, WSU TRIO Student Support Services Professional Clothing Bank