Share Your Volunteer Spirit

In a state rich with the tradition of volunteerism, service-oriented projects have been ingrained in Tennessee residents for hundreds of years. Alumni from the land-grant institution of the “Volunteer State” continue this tradition both in Tennessee and beyond the state’s borders.

University of Tennessee Alumni chapters across the country are always willing to lend a helping hand to charities and organizations in their communities. Chapters love to share the Tennessee Volunteer spirit and get involved throughout the year. Here are some upcoming opportunities:

The Memphis–Shelby County UT Alumni chapter is hosting its second community service opportunity this fall. On Sunday, November 18, the chapter is asking the UT alumni community in Memphis to provide gently used articles of clothing and blankets for those in the area who are homeless. They are asking local alumni to clean out their closets to help those in need.

The Haywood County UT Alumni chapter, in association with Lifeline Blood Services of Haywood County, is sponsoring a blood drive on Friday, December 21. We hope alumni in the area will help save a life by participating in the drive.

The Davidson County UT Alumni chapter is reaching out to Nashville-area alumni to assist the Salvation Army Angel Tree warehouse. Alumni will gather on Saturday, December 15, to sort through thousands of donations made to benefit children in Nashville. Last year more than 80 people participated, and this year is sure to be another big turnout.

Alumni chapters host community service opportunities throughout the year. A number of chapters adopt a highway in their area that they clean up four times a year. Others participate in local benefit races or walks, either by volunteering to provide water and cheer on the participants or forming a team to run or walk in the event.

In 2012, more than 20 chapters lent a volunteer hand in their local community. UT alumni have giving hearts, and it shows with the impact made through these events throughout the year.

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