"Be the change you hope to see..." –Gandhi
Three GU employees meld their love for Gonzaga, Spokane communities:
A passion for art and for serving others
By actively showing students how classroom theories and skills can transform tough issues facing Spokane, Gonzaga professors epitomize the University’s ethic of service. Every March, GU Art Department Chair Terry Gieber, students, and community volunteers make more than 300 ceramic bowls for the Empty Bowls Fund Raiser that Terry initiated three years ago in the Spokane Valley. In conjunction with "Jenny's" restaurant, a dinner is served and ALL proceeds go to the "Candlelighters," an organization that is working to find a cure for cancer in children. This latest effort in March 2010 raised $4,100 for the organization, served 12 gallons of soup and 14 gallons of chili in a 2-hour time period.
Modeling the true meaning of "community activist"
As president of the Spokane Alliance, GU Political Science instructor Tomas Robinson is working to create jobs and reduce poverty in the community. Spokane Alliance is a nonprofit that represents approximately 25,000 people in Spokane and is involved in the creation of jobs in Spokane county and Western Washington. Under Robinson’s leadership, Spokane Alliance recently received a $4 million grant to undertake energy retrofit work on single-family residences in some of the poorer areas of the city. This grant will create living wage jobs, cut Spokane's "carbon footprint" and reduce the utility bills for approximately 2,000 families. Robinson and the Spokane Alliance are also involved in trying to put an initiative on the August ballot for a "Children's Investment Fund" designed to finance programs to deal with the 40 percent drop-out rate in Spokane Public Schools. If successful, the effort will raise $5 million per year for early childhood programming for the city of Spokane, after-school programming and mentoring to help improve our children's ability to succeed in school.
Creative slogan raises $25K for breast cancer
Together with three other Spokane women, GU employee Jennifer Lawson started the nonprofit "Hug Love Save" that raises money for breast cancer awareness. Teaming up for the Susan B. Komen Race for a Cure, the women created a team shirt "BOOBIES Hug them, Love them, Save them" to sell and raise money. Two years later, the group continues to sell products to raise awareness. $24,400 has been donated back to the community through their efforts.