Service opportunities for all: Best volunteer opportunity

From staff reports

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Three of the best volunteer options on campus include the Center for Civic Engagement, Women’s Transit and Pen Friends.

Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) started in 1993, providing 21 years of community service here at WSU.

CCE offers one-time service projects as well as collaborating with many local community agencies for continuous volunteering over the span of a semester.

Erin McIlraith, marketing and communication coordinator for CCE, said the organization has provided volunteer opportunities for 61,564 students since the CCE’s start. In just the last year, 8,700 students have registered for community service projects.

Women’s Transit has been on campus for more than 35 years and their volunteers work toward helping women feel safe on campus by offering walking and transportation services at night on campus.

On average they give more than 5,000 rides and hire more than 200 volunteers each semester.

Pen Friends is a pen pal letter exchange program between WSU students and elementary school students in the area.

Volunteers write 10 letters to the elementary students over the course of the semester to help them learn proper grammar, practice their handwriting and promote literacy.

Reporting by Emily Storm