Center for Civic Engagement

CCE Stories Video Transcript

Washington State University Center for Civic Engagement, 2014

[Washington State University Center for Civic Engagement logo and “Be the Change” logo with tree. First speaker, Rachel Christensen, cleaning up College Hill sidewalk with sorority sisters. Rachel and other students landscaping a front yard of a house.]

Rachel Christensen, Chi Omega Philanthropy Chair: I think the biggest thing the CCE does as a whole is it brings communities together. It brings the students at WSU together. It bring the communities out in the Pullman and the Palouse areas together, and it really helps build those connections that you need in order to keep a community alive and to keep it healthy and growing.

Rachel Hall, Architecture 494/420 student: [Rachel and classmates visiting various historic sites in Pullman.] I think especially at Washington State University you can get really wrapped up into your own little pod here on campus, and it's really easy not to leave. So it's important that we get involved in Pullman's community to realize that, you know, the only reason why this college is here is because of them and why it's thriving. So to give back to a community that gives you so much is really important.

Mikey Burley, CCE literacy mentor and HD 403 student: [Mikey mentoring local children at an afterschool program.] We actually get all kinds of different people to do projects with us. It's a really wide range and it really brings a lot of diversity to the group of kids that you bring out.

Jeanene McGraw, CCE project leader: [Jeanene providing a manicure and socializing with local senior citizens.] That's what CCE's all about. When you do that volunteering, it's about the change. It's about the experience. It's not about the hours.

Rachel H: [Rachel’s classroom, touring Pullman with her class, and her class giving their final presentation to the community.] So in my - it's an architecture class - but it's made up of 10 students of architecture and history grad students and we're designing the historic walking trail brochure of Pullman. We're digging in through Pullman's history, and so trying to give back to the community by teaching them, you know, Pullman's history.

Rachel C: [Rachel’s sorority sisters cleaning up the community.] I'm actually the philanthropy and community service chair for my chapter, so I was looking in ways that I could get a large group of us involved in a service project. So the adopt-a-block program was presented to me by the CCE as a way so that multiple women could participate at one time. That way it's a lot more fun because you get to work with your friends and have a good time. It really helps them make the neighborhood look better as a whole.

Mikey: [Mikey and classmates stocking the Albion food pantry]. I was part of a service learning project for my HD 403 class, and I was part of the phase of the food pantry development where you actually had to go out to Albion to prepare the food pantry by painting it, getting shelves for it, and getting a stockpile of food for it.

Jeanene: [Sign for the Whitman Senior Living Community followed by Jeanene and other students providing manicures and playing bingo with seniors.] So once you come and interact with them (the seniors), whether it's manicures, playing bingo, arts and crafts, they're looking for that connection. They want to talk to you. They want to know how school is for you. They want to know your career path. They want know if you have - if you're in a relationship! And how's dating going. They want that conversation with you, and that's that connection. And once the project is over with, you're like, "see you later", it's not like, "bye" that's it. It is a "see you later".

Mikey: [Mikey interacting with WSU students and children at the Albion afterschool project.] What gets me the most excited about the CCE and the projects is what happens after the project, and then being able to see them come back next week, for example, if they want to participate again, or seeing them come in for another project. You know that the project had a lasting impression on them.

Rachel C: [Community meeting, Rachel working on a home landscaping project, and students serving at a senior center.] I think there was, like, over 100 community partners that the CCE works with just on the Palouse area, and that are constantly needing assistance and needing students to come and volunteer for their programs.

Rachel H: I just think it's important that everyone, whether it's required for a class or not should give it a try.

[Be the Change logo with a tree growing out of it followed by the Washington State University logo.]