First Assignment for SPU students: Volunteer

Before classes begin at Seattle Pacific University, more than 700 students, faculty, and staff, will spend Saturday, September 24, cleaning up parks, removing invasive plants in local creeks, and working in homeless shelters as part of SPU’s commitment to community engagement.

The annual event known as “CityQuest” is a way to introduce new students to the many community service organizations throughout the area. Students will work at more the 25 locations between 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on September 24. As part of its 125 anniversary celebration, SPU has set a goal of 125,000 hours of community service for the 2016-17 academic year.

Here are a few CityQuest locations.

Burke-Gilman Trail in the Inverness area

About 60 students will join with Friends of the Burke-Gilman Trail at Sand Point to clear out invasive plants.

Redeeming Soles at 1244 Harrison Street in South Lake Union
Students will clean, sort, and prepare shoes to distribute to underprivileged men, women, and children.

Cheasty Greenspace at 2809 S. Alaska Place at Mt. View on Beacon Hill

About 60 students will help with forest restoration in the 10-acre urban forest between the Lockmore neighborhood of Beacon Hill and Columbia City. The effort to clean up the area is headed by SPU alumna Mary DeJong.

Operation Nightwatch at 302 14th Avenue S. in the Central Area

Students will help clean the organization’s main building. Operation Nightwatch was founded by SPU alumnus Reverend Rick Reynolds.

Friends of the Jungle/Dr. Jose Rizal Park at 1008 12 Avenue S in North Beacon Hill

Students will help with trail maintenance, plus work in the stands of apple trees that make up the orchard in the park.

Posted: Friday, September 23, 2016