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TUESDAY, June 14, 2016     Issue No. 3

SENIORS AT WORK . . . The Knoxville-Knox County CAC Office on Aging held their annual Senior Job Fair on May 25th from 9 am until noon. With an array of industries represented, more than 40 employers came out to the O’Connor Center to talk to seniors (over the age of 50) looking to get back into the workforce. Employers took applications during the fair; so many seniors brought extra copies of their resume to the event. Find out more about the Knoxville-Knox County CAC Office on Aging by visiting this link and be sure to watch their locally produced program on Community Television of Knoxville Tuesdays and Saturdays.


WEATHER RED REPORT . . . The Tennessee Red Cross has deployed several volunteers to Texas to help folks affected by devastating flooding. Last week’s Red Cross “Weather Red Report” on The Weather Channel highlighted how Red Crossers from Tennessee and around the country are responding to the floods and helping Texans, some of whom have been affected by floods a second or third time in the past year.  Check out the video at this link to find more about the “Weather Red Report”.  Find out more about the East Tennessee Chapter of the American Red Cross by visiting this link and be sure to watch their locally produced program on Community Television of Knoxville Tuesdays and Saturdays.



AMERICA QUALITY AWARD . . . Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has been named an America Quality Award Winner. This local chapter is one of only 43 affiliate agencies out of 325 nationwide to receive this honor. The award is used by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to recognize the strong work ethic of agency leadership and staff in providing high-quality programming for the children they serve.  Read more about this award-winning chapter by visiting this link


DELIVERING DREAMS . . . Life is filled with heavy burdens that require heavy lifting. The people served by The Knoxville Dream Center “Food Truck” Program are faced with serious burdens that often require more than one person to lift. The Dream Center firmly believes in partnerships and collaboration.  A recent event at Forrest Creek Apartments provided a beautiful demonstration of unity and service.  In addition to food delivered by the food truck, the Tennessee Department of Labor provided a Career Coach to help those in need find employment.  One particular gentleman had his lay-off papers in hand and the Career Coach was ready to serve!  WorkNow, Inc. also came out and helped people find long-term temporary work.  Find out more about the Knoxville Dream Center by visiting this link.


OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMP . . . You know summer has officially arrived when Outdoor Adventure Camp has begun at Ijams Nature Center, including eight weeks of activity-packed, fun-filled sessions of educational, environmental and outdoor activities. Engaging roughly 60 kids per day for 40 days, enjoying the sunshine, water and fresh air is where kids belong in summer.  Ijams Nature Center is an urban outdoor wilderness located in Knoxville. With multiple hiking, biking and walking trails, Ijams gives the community an outdoor experience here in the city.  Find out more about Ijams’ Outdoor Adventure Camp by vising this link and be sure to watch their locally produced program on CTV Tuesdays and Saturdays.


NO ORDINARY FARM . . . Ever wanted to learn about gardening, composting, bee keeping, or raising chickens for egg production? Well, now there is a brand new facility where you can come and hone such skills--for free!  Recently opened, the new CAC Beardsley Community Farm Urban Agriculture Community Education Center includes 1,200 square feet of indoor education space and 1,800 square feet of covered outdoor education space. Their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building also includes offices for three CAC Urban Agriculture staff and two CAC AmeriCorps members, accessible restrooms & parking, and a water catchment system for irrigation.  Find out more about the Center by visiting this link.


VESTIVAL . . . Vestal is the name of the small Knoxville neighborhood surrounding the Historic Candoro Marble Building. So, every year, on Mothers Day weekend, everyone comes together to celebrate “Vestival” which takes place on the grounds of the historic 1923 building, which is made of marble.   Last month, the annual Vestival celebration included:  live music all day on two stages; puppets, acrobats, and magic; a Mothers Day brunch; many children’s activities; local craft and food vendors; blacksmithing, wool spinning, pottery; dancing; art exhibits; and an old fashioned cake walk!  To find out more about Vestival visit this link.


ABUSED & NEGLECTED . . . Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA of East Tennessee works to improve the lives of abused and neglected children with the help of their volunteers. These volunteers play a crucial role in advocating for safe and permanent living situations for children in East TN. Last month, CASA welcomed a brand new class of volunteers into its organization. Each volunteer underwent 33 hours of education and training to prepare for their work with CASA. Congratulations to CASA and all of its new volunteers!  To find out more about CASA, visit this link.


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