Connect with the Valley: Volunteer with CWU’s Center for Leadership and Community Engagement!

One way to feel at home in a new city is to get involved locally. The Center for Leadership and Community Engagement teams up with a variety of CWU departments and community organizations to clean parks, restore historic areas and connect with locals in Kittitas County.

Discover upcoming volunteer events that you can sign up for!

1. Clean up the Yakima River Canyon

Rafting down the Yakima River is one of Ellensburg’s most popular pasttimes, which means its banks and parks get a lot of visitors. Help keep this area clean via the Kittitas Connect: Yakima River Canyon event from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Oct. 5. Float along the Yakima River and help your community! Enjoy the scenery, remove litter and participate in a service project at one of the Bureau of Land Management’s parks.

CWU’s Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals will bring the fun with river rafts, so sign up today to secure your spot! Lunch and transportation provided. Meet in the SURC Pit.

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2. Discover History At Olmstead

Enjoy the valley’s famous country air while you preserve the past for future enjoyment. Join the CLCE on Oct. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a day of service at Olmstead Place Historical State Park. You’ll help spruce this historic homestead by completing maintenance projects and groundwork. Lunch and transportation provided. Meet in SURC 256. Secure your spot!

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3. Clean Up The Stream

Help remove invasive vegetation that has taken over a tree planting site established two years ago! Join the CLCE and the City of Ellensburg from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 2 to remove weeds, plant trees and restore the site (adjacent to Mercer Creek on B Street). Learn how to use tools like shovels, weed trimmers, wheelbarrows and more. Wear appropriate clothing, rain or shine. Lunch and transportation provided. Meet in the SURC Pit. Sign up today!

4. Play Casino Games with Seniors

Join the CLCE and the Adult Activity Center for a day of casino games with seniors! The second annual Casino Classic goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25. Students will assist older adults with a fun day of casino games where they can win prizes! Lunch and transportation provided. Meet in the SURC Pit. Sign up today!

Can’t make it to one of these sessions? Follow the CLCE for more opportunities in future quarters!

Want to learn about other ways to connect with your community? Pick up the Fall Hype guide and check out our story Explore Ellensburg & Beyond!