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TUESDAY, March 14, 2017  Issue No. 20

COMMUNITY TELEVISION . . . This month on Community Television of Knoxville, President and CEO of United Way, Ben Landers came to discuss how they allocate funds through their panels made up entirely of volunteers. Knox County Community Action Committee brought on the Purple Cities Alliance to discuss their mission and their upcoming Rock Against Dementia fundraiser. The Asian Cultural Center put together clips of the International Festival that took place at the Oak Ridge Children’s Museum. Community Shares shared information about how the community can access fresh food with Nourish Knoxville. Ijams Nature Center promoted the upcoming River Rescue where they will enlist volunteers to clean out local rivers and streams. Goodwill Industries-Knoxville spoke about one of their clients' success stories and also shared information about a donation drive they are doing with local dry cleaners.



DOGWOOD IN MARCH . . . Two art exhibits opened in March as part of the upcoming Dogwood Arts Festival. Both exhibits are at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville and will be on display through March 24. In its third year, SYNERGY features the work of gifted students from local schools K-12. The East Tennessee Art Educator Exhibition is a newer exhibition designed to promote the work of East Tennessee’s finest teaching artists. Stop by the free exhibits before March 24 and see results of the artistic student-teacher synergy that happens every day in East Tennessee schools. Find out more about these exhibitions and The Dogwood Arts Festival at this link.

NEIGHBORHOOD CONFERENCE . . . The Knoxville Neighborhood Conference was held this past weekend. Organizations from all over Knoxville converged to tend information tables, give workshops and speak about issues. Twenty-two workshops were offered throughout the day, ranging from topics like ‘How to Run for City Council’ to ‘Youth & Recreation Opportunities in Your Community’. There were more than 70 speakers and 90 exhibition booths hosted by local non-profits, governmental organizations and sponsors. Knoxville jazz and blues singer Kelle Jolly made a special appearance and led a group of students during the luncheon. For more information about the Knoxville Neighborhood Conference, visit this link.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTER . . . The domestic violence shelter of the Helen Ross McNabb Center  has recently moved. The new shelter is nearly twice as large with 32 beds. The new space even offers two distinct wings - one for families, and one for single residents. For safety and privacy reasons, the location of the shelter is kept a secret. Often, the circumstances faced by the residents can be a matter of life or death. Residents at the shelter can utilize the professional development center, which offers job training and necessary skills. Child counseling is offered as well. For more information about the Helen Ross McNabb Center, visit this link.
ENCOURAGING ADOPTION . . . A local couple is working hard to minimize barriers for people interested in adoption or fostering in the Knoxville area. When Jeremy and Kristen Miller went through their own adoption process to adopt two girls from Ghana, they realized there were a lot of agencies and organizations in the area working towards the same goal. They decided to form Knox Area Foster Care and Adoption Ministries, which unites all those efforts in order to maximize their efficiency. While it started small, it has grown to having 30 partners and creating a big impact in the community. To learn more about Knoxville Area Foster Care and Adoption Ministries, visit this link.

MENTORING YOUTH . . . In January, a new program was created to promote mentoring in East Tennessee. Several nonprofits including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Knoxville Leadership Foundation, YMCA, Girls on the Run, and Joy of Music School joined together to create the Knoxville Area Mentoring Initiative. Their goal is to collectively serve an additional 1,250 youth during the next year. By working together, they believe they can be stronger, more effective, and bolder in their effort to create foster mentoring opportunities. To learn more about the Knoxville Are Mentoring Initiative, or to become involved, visit this link.

SERVING SENIORS . . . Recently, Legal Aid of East Tennessee received funds from a grant from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee called Serving Tennessee’s Seniors. This funding will assist the growing and vulnerable senior population in East Tennessee and give seniors tools to asses their individual legal problems and to talk with a lawyer. This grant intertwines perfectly with the mission of the Legal Aid of East Tennessee, which is to ensure equal justice for elderly, abused, and low-income persons, and to provide a wide range of civil legal assistance and advocacy. To learn more about the Legal Aid of East Tennessee, visit this link.

COLLEGE NONPROFIT FAIR . . . The mission of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is to strengthen the social sector with a talented, prepared workforce. Toward that end, the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance of Maryville College recently hosted a Nonprofit Fair. This was the second fair held this year. The goal was to allow people to connect with nonprofit organizations throughout Blount and Knox Counties. Students learned about their local community and sought out internship, service, and employment opportunities. The first two hours of the fair were open only to students and the last two hours were open to the general public. Find out more about the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance of Maryville at this link.

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