Center for Civic Engagement

Poverty Awareness Week (PAW)

November 12-18, 2017
Students hold a cardboard city event to raise awareness about homelessness.

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 12-18, 2017. 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.
  • 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  (Available November 2017).
  • 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 designs (Available November 2017).

If you have questions, contact Ben Calabretta, CCE Associate Director, at


Events will be listed in October 2017.

  • All Week, November 14 – 22 | Service Projects

    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 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.

    You can also send photos to to be included in the 2017 Poverty Awareness Week Facebook album.

    Sponsor: Center for Civic Engagement

  • All Week, November 14 – 22 | #CougsAgainstPoverty Selfie Prize Raffle

    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 prize. You must include the hashtag #CougsAgainstPoverty in your post to be entered in the drawing.

    You can enter twice, once on Twitter and once on Instagram, but you must use two different photos of yourself. Please also email your photos to for inclusion in our 2017 Poverty Awareness Week Facebook album!

    Sponsor: WSU Center for Civic Engagement

    WSU staff showing #CougsAgainstPoverty written on hand.
    WSU student showing #CougsAgainstPoverty written on hand.

  • Sponsors & Beneficiaries

    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