By Marlana Ward
Tennessee has been known as The Volunteer State since The War of 1812. Being known as The Volunteer State, it is no surprise that Tennesseans have a great spirit of community and longing to help others. Johnson County is a community that welcomes those who have a desire to serve others and make our area an even greater place to live. If you are looking for an opportunity to join in the volunteer spirit, Mountain City has a wide selection deserving organizations and events.
Johnson County Cancer Support Group has a need for volunteer drivers to take patients to and from cancer treatments. They also accept donations of Ensure for patients or funds for other supplies. Contact Flo Bellamy at 727-2942.
The United Ways fall drive will soon be underway and volunteers will be needed to assist with mailings and other fund raising drives. This effort raises $35,000 to $40,000 annually which is allocated to groups that make their presentations before the board to express their needs. Contact Judy McGuire at 727-6737 for more information.
The American Red Cross has numerous opportunities for volunteers including working with veterans, current military, assisting during times of emergency such as house fires and natural disasters. Please visit the American Red Cross website at www.redcross.org/support/volunteer to see a list of volunteer opportunities and to apply.
The Johnson County Disaster Recovery Group specializes in responding after natural disasters have occurred and national organizations have left, as well as investigating needs that may remain to make homes livable and safe. Contact Jim Norman at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church or Ellen Watkins at 426-3093.
Johnson County County Emergency Heating Fund for Seniors need volunteers needed to provide and deliver cut firewood to elderly within the community. One hundred percent of monetary donations given to this 501(c)(3) charity go to fuel costs for our elderly citizens. Contact Gwen Bell at 727-5726 for more information.
The Kiwanis of Johnson County needs new members to assist in raising funds for scholarships and to assist with annual Childrens Fun Run at Ralph Stout Park. Meetings are held at 12:00 pm the first Tuesday of every month at the Johnson County Community Center.
The Positive Thinkers is a womans club that holds fundraisers to provide scholarships. They also need volunteers during Christmas with Santas Helping Hands with processing applications as well as purchasing and delivering gifts to children within the community. Contact Belinda Reece at 471-1017 for more information.
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By Marlana Ward