On April 18, the Puyallup campus hosted a volunteer fair, which focused on volunteer opportunities in conjunction with this year’s common book The Nature Principle.
In preparation for the arrival of author Richard Louv on May 2, Pierce students were presented with various service projects that can connect the common book to their lives.
Some of the organizations in attendance were L’Honey from L’Arche Farms, Puget Creek Restoration Society, Habitat for Humanity, Pierce College Gleaning Project, Pierce County Conservation District, the city of Kent, Mother Earth Farms and Nisqually Land Trust.
“We live in a beautiful part of the country and every day we are seeing some part of it get ruined or demolished,” said Katherine Lindberg, community engagement coordinator. “These organizations are helping us realize how we can play a part in sustaining our environment. From growing our own gardens, making our own honey, [or] cleaning local parks and streams, these fellow partnerships are getting us involved in making a difference.”
This event took place on both Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup campuses last year as well. Lindberg, with support from AmeriCorps, plans on establishing the volunteer fair as an annual event. She stressed the importance of involvement from Pierce students.
“As a recent college graduate, I learned very fast how meaningful it is to participate in giving back to the community we live in,” Lindberg said. “Not only does each student gain community service hours or maybe even internships, they gain a certain gratitude for helping our environment.”
Internship Coordinator Lisa Lawrence, who represented Puget Creek Restoration Society at the volunteer fair, encouraged students to get involved in preserving clean water in the area, particularly Puget Creek, which is one of three remaining salmon bearing creeks. Interested students can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on volunteering and possible internships.
“I think it’s important to be connected with the community,” said Hannah Febach, volunteer coordinator for Habitat for Humanity. “For college students it’s easy to be wrapped up in classes and athletics, but volunteering allows you to partner up with people you don’t usually meet.”
Students interested in increasing their environmental impact can attend the free author discussion at 7 p.m. on May 2 in the Arts and Allied Health building’s theater.
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