WSU stands against poverty during awareness week

PULLMAN, Wash. – Students, employees and community members will participate in an annual effort to raise awareness of poverty during the week before Thanksgiving break.

Each year, the Washington State University Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) invites students, staff, faculty and community members to help raise awareness of poverty during the week before Thanksgiving break, Nov.16-22, 2014. Throughout this week, the CCE partners with several WSU departments, student groups and community organizations to hold events and activities.

All week long, the CCE will hold daily service projects open to WSU students, and food and supplies drives will take place both on and off campus in support of local community organizations. Other events include: a coffee hour and potluck on November 14; a bowling tournament at Zeppoz on November 15; a letter writing campaign for St. Jude on November 16; a documentary screening on November 16; a public discussion on November 18; and a cardboard city on November 19.

As a part of Poverty Awareness Week, join the students, faculty, staff and community members to discuss the factors of poverty and how we can begin to address them at the Public Square on Tuesday, November 18 at noon in Butch’s Den. Pullman students should register for this event on CougSync.

The event is also available for Global Campus students via live stream and a separate chat feature where you can ask questions for discussion live during the event. If you are having trouble accessing the live stream or chat feature, click here for help. The video of this event will be available on the CCE’s YouTube channel within two weeks after the event.

Learn more about the Public Square series at

Visit for a full list of events and sponsors as well as more information on poverty and local resources. Search for #cougsagainstpoverty on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates. Join the CCE to show the world that Cougs stand against poverty during Poverty Awareness Week this year.


Erin McIlraith, WSU Center for Civic Engagement, 509-335-0578,