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United Way kicks off Week of Caring

June 17th, 2012 10:53 pm by staff report

More than 75 community service projects will be completed this week as the United Way of Greater Kingsport hosts the 2012 Week of Caring sponsored by Regions Bank.

Week of Caring provides opportunities for volunteers to “Live United” by completing hands-on service learning projects that benefit UWGK member agencies and programs. In addition, several public service projects in Kingsport and surrounding areas will be completed by volunteers during this year’s event.

A regional Week of Caring kick-off event representing United Way agencies in Kingsport, Bristol, Johnson City/Washington County, Tenn., Carter County, and Russell/Washington County, Va., will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, today, at Frontier Health’s Greenwood Challenge. Volunteers will assist with facility maintenance and landscaping.

In celebration of the United Way’s 125th anniversary, regional United Ways will engage in more than 125 service projects throughout the area, providing citizens an opportunity to give back to their community. In Kingsport, more than 75 projects have been adopted by hundreds of individuals representing area businesses, agencies, and community groups.

In addition, United Way of Greater Kingsport has organized two Week of Caring projects in coordination with the United Ways of Tennessee’s “Raise Your Hand Tennessee” initiative. “Raise Your Hand Tennessee” is a statewide effort to recruit volunteers to read, tutor and mentor children. The goal is to log one million hours of reading, tutoring and mentoring Tennessee youth over a three-year period.

The “Raise Your Hand Tennessee” initiative is a collaborative effort between a broad coalition of non-profits, corporations and state agencies, including 2-1-1 Contact Concern, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Girls Inc., Junior Achievement of East Tennessee, YMCA and Eastman Chemical Co.

Projects to be completed throughout the week include:

• “Raise Your Hand Tennessee” reading projects at Girls Inc. and Riverview Boys and Girls Club, to be completed by Tri-Summit Bank and Eastman Chemical Co.

• Construction of a new board room area for the CASA for Kids Inc. office, to be completed by the Signature Properties team

• Facility maintenance and construction at Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center, to be completed by Eastman Chemical Co.

• Campus clean-up at V.O. Dobbins Community Center, by Eastman Credit Union

• Facility improvements at Girls Inc., by Brock

• Kitchen cleaning at Meals on Wheels (First Presbyterian Church), by Eastman Chemical Co.

For more information, call Kandy Childress, director of community impact and communications, at 378-3409 ext. 16.

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