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TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 Issue No. 5

MUSIC RIDE . . The Joy of Music School provides free music lessons and instruments to hundreds of financially disadvantaged, at-risk children and teens in our area. All of their teachers (more than 100) are volunteers. Joy of Music School events come in many shapes and sizes. Some are special events to raise funds, while others provide performance opportunities for their kids. This past June, the "JB's Joy Of Music Ride" event, honoring the legacy of Jeff Breazeale, featured a poker run, concert, food & prizes. The poker run started at Smokey Mountain Harley Davidson and ended at Two Doors Down in downtown Maryville. Learn more about the Joy of Music School by visiting this link.

DESIGNING CHILDREN . . . The East Tennessee Community Design Center (ETCDC) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to make East Tennessee a better place to live and work by bringing professional design and planning assistance to community groups and nonprofit organizations. ETCDC receives pro bono design assistance from area architects, landscape architects, planners and other professionals. The Vestal Boys and Girls Club, which provides after school programs for young people, worked with ETCDC to remodel their facilities. With guidance from volunteer professional Missy Johnson of Contract Furniture Alliance, ETCDC provided a revised interior & furniture layout, and landscaping plan for their existing facility in South Knoxville. Find out more about ETCDC by visiting this link and check in with the Vestal Boys and Girls Club at this link.
NUMBER 17 . . . Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) recently opened its 17th Thrift Store location at Kingston Pike and Lovell Road in Farragut. The building, (which has more than 28,000 square feet of floor space), formerly housed an Ultimate Motorsports dealership. Besides the retail store, KARM operates a donation center at the west end of the facility. The new location is the largest of the KARM Stores. "Now with 17 KARM Stores locations, we share thousands of interactions each week with donors, customers, and volunteers as we pursue funding KARM's ministry and sharing KARM's story of restoration and hope for those in need in our community," said Burt Rosen, KARM president and CEO. KARM Stores serve the community by offering affordable merchandise as a Christian ministry to the general public. The revenue generated through the sale of donated items is used to support the ongoing work of the organization. To find out more about Knox Area Rescue Ministries, visit this link.

SHOES FOR SCHOOL . . . The mission of the Knoxville Area Urban League (KAUL) is to enable African Americans and other minority groups, and the underserved to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. Shoes for School is an annual back-to-school event organized by KAUL that provides new shoes and school supplies for more than 1,200 area children. Currently, KAUL is working with other non-profit agencies to help identify and register children ages 5-12 who most need the help. Purchasing shoes and school supplies for over 1,200 children is a big undertaking, but seeing the delight on the kids’ faces and knowing that providing these basic necessities helps them feel more comfortable and confident with their peers makes it all worthwhile. For more about the Knoxville Area Urban League and the Shoes for School program, please visit this link.

BUDDING SCHOLARS . . . East Tennessee Historical Society recently awarded scholarships to students who participated in the East Tennessee History Day competition. Noah Dunlap from the L & N STEM Academy earned a scholarship for his senior group exhibit titled “The 1982 World’s Fair: Knoxville’s Rise to Prominence,” which analyzed the fair as a turning point in Knoxville’s history that drew people from around the world to explore energy development. Kendall Williamson from Cosby High School earned a scholarship for his senior individual documentary called “A Pioneer in the Sky: Kiffin Rockwell,” that explored the life and legacy of Rockwell, a Newport, Tennessee native and WWI pilot who died in 1916 while serving in the French service. Abigail Prosise, of Farragut High School earned a scholarship for her senior individual website “From Atoms to Armstrong” which examined the connections, collaborations, and resulting technological achievements that two opposing groups, Jewish physicists and Nazi rocketeers, brought to America for scientific research after WWII. To find out more about the East Tennessee Historical Society, visit this link.

DIVERSITY & DIGNITY . . . The YWCA Knoxville is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The organization recently hosted the 2016 Phyllis Wheatley Diversity Day & Race Against Racism. Diversity Day is an annual community event that celebrates diversity, wellness, and dignity for all people. Attendees and participants enjoyed food, entertainment, speakers and local exhibitors in addition to the 5K run, 1-mile walk, and Kids Fun Run. A total of 227 runners participated in this event. Look for next year’s event on January 14, 2017. For more information about YWCA Knoxville, please visit this link.


BIKES FOR KIDS . . . The KickStand Bicycle Collective is an all-volunteer initiative that puts bicycles on the streets of Knoxville and surrounding area by operating community bike shops and teaching bike mechanics, maintenance, and safe practice. They also connect community members to local bike advocacy groups and primarily serve those who have limited resources and who may not have access to other forms of transportation. Practicing reuse of resources and recycling of materials in all practical ways, the KickStand Bicycle Collective welcomes all bike-related donations! Please drop off your items during regular business hours (Tuesday, 4-6 or dusk; Friday, 4-6 or dusk, and Saturday, noon-5) at 1323 North Broadway (behind Fourth Presbyterian Church). To find out more about the KickStand Bicycle Collective, visit this link.

HEALTHY EMPLOYEES . . . East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is among 154 companies across the country that are being recognized for helping their employees make significant and sometimes life-saving changes to improve their health. These companies achieved participation rates in excess of 70 percent and a low-risk health score for their total population, based on rigorous and clinically sound health evaluations. “It can be done. "Healthiest Companies in America" award recipients prove that employers can both engage their employees and improve their health outcomes,” said Cathy Kenworthy, President and CEO of Interactive Health. “With holistic, engaging and personalized workplace wellness programs that encourage and achieve great participation, employees lead healthier and more productive lives.” Learn more about East Tennessee Children’s Hospital by visiting this link.
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