Zumbathon supports center for parents on campus

Event will collect food, children’s clothing, toys, other supplies

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter

The WSU Women’s Center and local Zumba instructors will hold a Zumbathon on Sunday afternoon to collect food items and baby supplies for Rosario’s Place, a resource on campus for student-parents.

The event will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the CUB Senior Ballroom and is open to everyone, including students and families.

Rosario’s Place is part of the Women’s Center located in room 8HA on the ground floor of Wilson-Short Hall.

“Rosario’s Place is really low on food,” said Robert Yarbrough, a WSU employee and Zumba instructor. “Sometimes they have these dry spells where they are hurting.”

In addition to food, the program offers free children’s clothing, toys, diapers and other supplies for student-parents on the WSU campus. The food pantry, available for any WSU student, is also hosted in Rosario’s Place.

“A lot of students depend on programs like this,” Yarbrough said. “That’s why I agreed to volunteer because it’s not easy to make ends meet as a student only allowed to work part-time.”

It is encouraged to bring food donations, preferably canned or easy-to-cook food. Kids’ clothing and baby supplies are welcomed as well.

“If the food item is something you’d like to see in your pantry, then bring that with you,” said Zumba Instructor Sarah Dossey.

While donations are encouraged, they are not necessary to attend if you cannot provide one, she said.

A total of 11 volunteer instructors from the Pullman and Moscow area, including UREC instructors, will be leading different styles of Zumba.

The group of instructors made a list of charitable organizations they could partner with for a Zumbathon but ultimately chose Rosario’s Place because it is open to everyone, Dossey said.

The emphasis of the Zumbathon is to have fun while giving back to a community cause, Yarbrough said. The family-friendly event gives participants the option to wear a costume while attending the hour and a half of Zumba.

“It’s a good way to have fun with friends, connect students with the community and you can try Zumba for free,” Dossey said.