SPOKANE, Wash. – Rebuilding Together Spokane partnered with Gonzaga University Trustees, Regents, faculty, staff, alumni and the Gonzaga student group April’s Angels to continue annual efforts to preserve and revitalize the Logan neighborhood near Gonzaga on April 13 and April 16.
Working shoulder-to-shoulder, approximately 250 volunteers conducted a home improvement blitz, helping Logan neighborhood homeowners in need, such as low-income, elderly and some veterans. The effort was an expression of Gonzaga’s mission that calls for loving service to others.
Gonzaga Trustees and Regents kicked off the effort, working from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on April 13 as part of their spring meeting. They prepared and painted a home at 1204 E. Ermina Ave.
From 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on April 16, National Rebuilding Day, volunteers from Rebuilding Together Spokane (RTS) collaborated with Gonzaga alumni, parents, Logan neighbors and some 120 of Gonzaga April’s Angels students to improve several homes in the neighborhood. This marks the 17th consecutive year April’s Angels have performed a full day of work helping others.
“This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to witness the community truly come together to complete tangible transformations,” said Gonzaga student Whitney McKelvey, an RTS volunteer. Sponsors of the April 16 effort included First Presbyterian Church, Providence Health Care, Inland Northwest Health Services, Pepsi, Honeywell, Albertsons, Bank of America, and FLSmidth.
The Logan neighborhood revitalization efforts brought the full force of Gonzaga’s spirit of service to help. At their December (2010) meeting, Gonzaga’s Trustees agreed to mobilize to help carry out the University’s mission.
As Gonzaga approaches its 125th anniversary (in fall 2012), the University is redoubling its commitment to ensure a strong partnership with the Logan neighborhood, said Joe Poss, associate vice president of university relations. Although the University performs community service throughout the year, Gonzaga especially looks forward to each April when the University rallies to serve the community, particularly the Logan neighborhood, Poss said.
In addition, the Gonzaga University Staff Assembly, partnering with Habitat for Humanity, began a new tradition April 8 with the first annual Day of Service.Thirty-five staff volunteers, working in two shifts, helped prepare a new Habitat for Humanity store in the Spokane Valley Business Park.