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TUESDAY, May 31, 2016     Issue No. 2

SAFETY SOUP . . . A recent Knoxville SOUP dinner raised money for the Dogwood Outdoor Coalition - almost one dozen partners working together to reclaim and improve an outdoor space behind Dogwood Elementary School. “Winning the SOUP grant helped the Coalition purchase bridge materials and safety equipment for some of the 58 volunteers that participated with us for our MLK work day. It's true worth, though, is immeasurable as it reflects support from a community that encourages outdoor recreation and education for its community members,” said Ariel Allen of CAC AmeriCorps, who presented on the Coalition’s behalf.  Watch this video produced for Community Television of Knoxville featuring the Dogwood Outdoor Coalition.  Find out more about Knoxville SOUP by visiting this link.  Find out more about CAC Americorps by visiting this link.


HUMANA, BOYS & GIRLS . . . The Halls/Powell Club hosted the Garden Kick-Off event on April 22, where board members and parents were invited to celebrate the progress of its spring garden and cooking program funded by the Humana Foundation with a $40,000 grant. Club members took part in a gardening-related craft by painting terracotta flowerpots and guests were served food that was prepared by the cooking club members. A check was presented by Denny Blalock & Patty Hardy (Humana) and Bart McFadden (Boys & Girls Club TN Valley).  Find out more about Boys & Girls Club TN Valley by visiting this link.  Find out more about the Humana Foundation by visiting this link.


COLOR YOUR WORLD . . . The Ijams Nature Center recently hosted its monthly Big Kids Coloring Club event as a part of their Creative Series of classes and activities that are offered at the center.  Adults brought beer and wine to the event and got creative with colored pencils, crayons, and coloring pages. Participants who are 12 years of age or older are encouraged to attend this monthly event. Coloring pages and coloring tools are provided for those who do not bring their own. Visit the Ijams Nature Center FaceBook Page to catch the next Big Kids Coloring Club event.


PASS THE PSA . . . Recently, Community Television of Knoxville provided a free PSA Media Skills Training Workshop in which participants learned skills pertaining to creating effective public service announcements.  In addition to learning how to do it, they actually practiced creating their own messages and constructing storyboards.  Participants expressed great satisfaction and reported that they would highly recommend this workshop to others because of the sound advice, tips and practical experience it provided.  To find out more about Community Television of Knoxville, visit this link.


WILD RED CROSS . . . The American Red Cross of East Tennessee held its 2016 Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation event at the Zoo Knoxville on May 21st.  During the morning, volunteers were honored, appreciation was expressed to outgoing board members, and new board members were welcomed. Later, after the weather cleared up, everyone had an opportunity to enjoy the wild animals at the zoo!  Find out more about the American Red Cross of East Tennessee by visiting their Facebook Page and by watching their TV Show on Community Television of Knoxville.


POUNDS OF DONATIONS . . . Goodwill Industries Knoxville recently hosted its 29th annual Sack Pack Donation Drive. Elementary and middle school students from all over Knox, Anderson, and Hamblen County donated gently used toys, clothes and other items to Goodwill.  In total, the students contributed more than 44,900 pounds of donations!  Proceeds from the donations support Goodwill’s job training programs in East Tennessee. Congratulations to Goodwill and the participating students for another successful Sack Pack Drive!  Find out more about Goodwill Industries Knoxville by visiting this link.


SPECIAL ADVOCATES . . . Court Appointed Special Advocates of East Tennessee (CASA) is a non-profit agency that trains community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in Knox County.  A wonderful (and large!) group of newly trained CASA volunteer advocates were sworn in on May 24. Human Animal Bond in Tennessee (H.A.B.I.T.) volunteers and their dogs were also sworn in as part of CASA’s Collaborative Court Dog Program.  A program of the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, H.A.B.I.T. sponsors animal-assisted therapy programs in a variety of settings with the help of a strong core of volunteer pet owners and their loving pets.  Find out more about CASA by visiting this linkFind out more about H.A.B.I.T. by visiting this link.


SMITTEN WITH KITTENS . . . It is "Kitten Season" in East Tennessee, so the Humane Society of Tennessee Valley recently hosted its annual Kitten Shower to prepare for its newest four-legged arrivals. During the event, the Humane Society collected all kinds of blankets, towels, food and water bowls, nursing bottles, and cat toys and they are still accepting donations. Foster owners are needed for dogs and cats alike. Find out more about the Kitten Shower by visiting this link.  Find out more about the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley by visiting this link.


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