Hundreds of Poets Give a Helping Hand to Local Community

Monday, November 9, 2009

More than 500 students, staff, and alumni participated in the 16th Annual Whittier College Helping Hands Day—an event that places members of the College community in volunteer service projects throughout the local community.

In collaboration with current community organizations and assistance leagues, teams from Whittier helped clean streets, tend gardens, paint, work in senior centers and homeless shelters, and feed those in need, among other projects.

Work sites included HOW. House, Interfaith Food Center, Danny's Farm, South El Monte Farm, City of Pico Rivera - Parks and Recreation, First Day Coalition, Salvation Army Shelter, Hadley School, Ronald Mc Donald House, and Beverly and 605 Off Ramp (Caltrans), to name a few.

Begun 16 years ago on a much smaller scale and limited to the College grounds, Helping Hands Day has since grown exponentially, further strengthening and expanding the College's relationship with the City of Whittier and neighboring communities. In addition to Whittier, students volunteers in sites in El Monte, Pasadena, and Pico Rivera.