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TUESDAY, December 27, 2016 Issue No. 17

HOLIDAY HOME TOUR . . . The Knoxville area features many beautiful homes built in the Queen Anne, Craftsman/Bungalow, Neoclassical Revival, and American Four Square styles. To help kick off the holiday season, Old North Knoxville neighbors opened the doors of select homes in a variety of these styles, restored and decorated for the season! The 28th Annual Victorian Holiday Home Tour was held on December 3rd & 4th. Old North Knoxville, Inc. hosts the event, first organized in 1978 to further it’s mission to provide a safe, clean, and productive place to live, as well as to promote the preservation of the neighborhood. Find out more about the event by visiting this link.

CAMPING FOR CANS . . . Second Harvest Food Bank is a hunger relief charity that partners with other organizations to secure and distribute food to food insecure areas. The day after Thanksgiving, radio host Billy Kidd camped out in parking lots in an effort to gather donations of canned foods and other non-perishables during Second Harvest’s ‘Camping for Cans’ fundraiser and he remained camped out until his donation truck was completely filled. In addition to filling up the truck, some people donated money that will be directed to supplies that support families in the food service area. To learn more about Second Harvest Food Bank and keep up with future events, visit their website at this link.

EQUAL JUSTICE . . . A part of the East Tennessee community for nearly 50 years, the mission of Legal Aid of East Tennessee is to ensure equal justice for elderly, abused, and low-income persons, providing a wide range of civil legal assistance and advocacy. They will be offering assistance to those affected by the wildfires in Gatlinburg though a free clinic that will be held in January at the Courtyard Gatlinburg in addition to their other regular means of assistance. Find out more about the many services provided by Legal Aid of East Tennessee by visiting their website at this link.
ELECTRIC POWER . . . Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI) conducts research and development related to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. The independent, nonprofit organization brings together scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia. Their research provides both short- and long-term solutions that enable the transformation of power systems to be more flexible, resilient and connected.  EPRI established an office in Knoxville in 1986 and has been conducting research from that facility for 30 years. To find out more about EPRI, visit their website at this link.
CENTER OF THE DEAF . . . The mission of Knoxville Center of the Deaf (KCD) is to improve the quality of life for Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard-of-Hearing persons by providing a wide array of services that empower them to become fully integrated into the fabric of the Knoxville and East Tennessee. The nonprofit organization provides sign language classes, interpreter internships, and interpreter services. Recently, KCD held the 11th annual Golfing with the Deaf Tournament. For more information about Knoxville Center of the Deaf, visit their website at this link.

CYCLES OF HOMELESSNESS . . . To break the cycles of homelessness, Tennessee Valley Coalition for the Homeless (TVCH) provides and coordinates services through affordable housing, transportation, case management and referrals. This year, TVCH served 949 people, including 190 veterans in East Tennessee. Their annual Hope Gala in August raised money for many important projects and was highlighted by the announcement of a supportive housing development for the homeless in Campbell County. To learn more about TVCH, visit their website at this link.

BUILDING BRIDGES . . . Bridge Refugee Services is a non-profit focused on helping refugees resettle in East Tennessee.  Bridge uses a variety of approaches, including a  volunteer based program that teaches English to those who struggle with it. Often times, refugees are forced to leave their native country with very few resources. For that reason, another important volunteer role includes assisting with transportation, whether it is to school, work or appointments. In addition, Bridge reaches out to businesses to help secure employment for refugees. To find out more or get involved with Bridge Refugee Services, visit their website at this link.

INTERFAITH HEALTH CLINIC . . . The Interfaith Health Clinic is a non-profit that aims to provide medical care to low income and uninsured individuals. Their services range from primary care to dental services. The organization is run by a small group of paid staff members, assisted by volunteers from the community. In addition to treating medical problems, the Interfaith Health Clinic is interested in preventative treatment as well. They teach wellness classes that encourage skills like healthy cooking practices, nutrition, low impact exercises and chronic disease management. To learn more about the Interfaith Health Clinic, visit their website at this link.

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