UWT Day of Caring Training

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Good parks, open space and the program services of Metro Parks contribute to economic development by fostering economic benefits and promoting tourism.  Culturally, open space and program services can nurture a sense of place in the community, and provide opportunities to engage the public of diverse backgrounds.

The Project:   Volunteers will be pulling invasive weeds, removing litter, and planting and mulching native trees and shrubs at sites across the city. Tacoma’s natural resources provide people with clean air, clean water, and access to nature. Keeping them healthy is a community effort! Last weekend Tacoma residence went all over our city doing similar projects at our parks and public spaces. But they didn't get to everything. Now it's time to do our part!  

Project Notes:  This site asks that you bring close toed shoes, rain jacket, and long pants all of which you can get dirty. 



The UWT Giving Garden was started in 2009 by a group of students, staff, and faculty as a service learning center to educate students and the Tacoma community about urban gardening and sustainable food production. The garden offers students and community members an opportunity to grow their own food with a requirement to give back to the larger community through food donations to the UWT Pantry.

The Project:  Our Day of Caring activities will include replanting UWT's living roof on the student-created SHED (Sustainable Hub for Education and Demonstration), preparing garden beds and planting winter crops.

Project Notes:  This site asks that you bring close toed shoes and wear clothing that you can get dirty.  If you have gloves please bring them, otherwise they will be provided.



We provide food but also community. St. Leo Food Bank is one of the largest food banks open Tuesday through Saturday. Our Children's Programs are working to fill the gaps of school meals to eliminate child hunger. With our Backpack Program in coordination with Tacoma School District and Clover Park School District, we serve over 30 schools to over 800 children weekly. Springbrook Mobile Food Bank works to provide a weeks worth of food to a neighborhood with limited food access. St. Leo's Food Connection directly fights for food sovereignty in the Pierce County area by feeding over 25,000 families a year, a demographic that includes the Food Bank, Mobile Food Banks, and Children's Feeding Programs.

The Project:   Our primary objective is to become a more mindful community member by assisting with the Food Connections’ food line for a day. Tasks include escorting clients through the line, carrying bags, restocking shelves, cleaning up the warehouse, and most importantly providing a friendly and warm environment for clients. Many of the people who visit the food connection consider this place part of their community and interacting with clients in a positive way is one of the most important aspects of the service.  

Project Notes:  This site asks that you bring close toed shoes and wear clothing that covers your shoulders.  Although faith based, this nonprofit DOES NOT discriminate by any faith affiliation or lack there of.


This EarthLabs Project seeks to improve resilience and readiness in our population in the face of grave environmental threats.  This EarthLabs Project is led by Christopher Schell, assistant professor of urban ecology, and Robin Evans-Agnew, associate professor of nursing and healthcare leadership.  The project will be working with the following community partners and their constituents: Tillicum Community Center, Medical Reserve Corps, Metro-Parks, North Pierce County Community Coalition, and Asia Pacific Cultural Center.

The Project:  On this day, student volunteers will travel to locations selected by our community partners around the Tacoma area and hand out and collect completed postcards from people on the street that respond to the two questions. Volunteers will have a chance to meet with the community partner and discuss their mission and the populations they serve.  We will be asking two main questions of community members: 1) what environmental challenges they face and 2) how they are coping with them.


Project Notes:  This activity will provide a training regarding how we will engage the public, but will also require a general level of comfort engaging with the public.

Day Of Caring 2019    

October 19th    



About the event

Join UW Tacoma students, faculty and staff as we align hands, hearts and minds to our urban-serving mission in one epic day of service!  Come make new UW Tacoma friends in a service team and get to know and serve with local nonprofits  in Tacoma.

WHEN:    October 19th All day: 8am- 5pm 

Site Leader/Staff Only Training:  Oct 11TH 1:30-3:30PM 

WHERE:   University Y Student Center, room 304 (will will transport you to various Tacoma nonprofits) 

WHAT: This 'Day of Caring' is more than a one-day community service event. It is a tone and a mindset of service that we hope will spread across our campus and community.   We will be learning about and serving with nonprofits all across Tacoma, who are making positive daily impacts in our communities. We will hear from a keynote speaker, enjoy snacks, and get an introduction to the nonprofits we will be working with.  Volunteers will be placed at sites depending on availability and your interest indicated in the registration form.  So please come have fun, make connections student and community connections, learn about community needs and lend a hand toward some community projects.