Volunteering with the Vols Highlights

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The Volunteer Creed: “One that beareth the torch shadoweth oneself to give light to others.”

On June 5, our Big Orange family came together to participate in a day of service with one another to help make a difference in our communities. Here’s a glimpse of the Volunteer family in action! Check out the photos below. #VolunteeringwiththeVols


Past Event Details

Date: Saturday, June 5, 2021 (unless otherwise noted)

Volunteer Locations:

Self Service
Anywhere, Anytime
Even if you aren’t near one of these sites, you can still Volunteer with the Vols! Sign up for the “self-service” option in the registration page and we will contact you to get your volunteer plans for the 5th. We can even help you think of some ideas if you don’t have an easy way to volunteer in your community that day.
Chapter contact: Taylor Thomas, taylor@utk.edu
Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Community Food Bank
May 29–June 5
Bring canned food items and drop off at food bin in Piedmont Park
Chapter contact: Laura Potts, laurapotts4@gmail.com
Birmingham, AL
Bundles of Hope Diaper Bank
9–11 a.m.
Bundling diapers for distribution
Chapter contact: Caroline Hunter, caro19551955@gmail.com 
Central Savannah River Area
Under the Bridge Ministry in Augusta, GA
11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Help set up for service and assist during. Volunteers can also bring a care package with any of the following: toiletries (eg. hotel/travel size items like deodorant, lotion, hand sanitizer, etc.), bottle of water, snacks, pantyliners for women, travel baby wipes, wash cloth + small bar of soap, summer socks in ankle length for men/women. Volunteers can park at 524 15th Street in Augusta. This is the parking lot of the old Sears building.
Chapter contact: Jim Barber, jbarber57@bellsouth.net
Charlotte, NC – AT CAPACITY (no longer taking registrations)
Clanton Park | Google Map
9 a.m.–Noon
As part of the nationwide Volunteering with the Vols day of service, the Charlotte Alumni Chapter will be helping to keep our city’s parks clean and beautiful. Don’t forget to wear orange so they know we are Volunteers (with a capital V). There will be a reception at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery immediately following the event.
Chapter contact: Asher Begley, j.asher.begley@gmail.com
Lakeview Pantry
June 24 9 a.m.–Noon
Lakeview Pantry is one of Chicago’s largest and longest-operating food pantries. Their mission is to eliminate hunger and poverty in our communities by providing food to fill the basic need of hungry people, empowering their clients to achieve independence through social service programming, and raising awareness of hunger and poverty. Come and help prepare food boxes for clients of the pantry.
Chapter contact: Holly Harris, hollymharris21@gmail.com
Columbia, SC
Adopt-A-Highway Service
9 a.m.
Picking up litter along the highway. Meet at the side parking lot of Beechwood Middle School (the new Lexington County middle school off US Highway #378 west of the Town of Lexington). Use the entrance off of Beechwood Drive. This address [104 Beechwoods Drive, Lexington, SC] is not the exact location, but it will get you close to the correct entrance. Bring your own gloves and a face mask. Pick-up tools are great if you have one, but not necessary. Orange safety vests and trash bags will be provided.
Chapter contact: Allen Taylor, rkytptn@windstream.net
Knoxville, TN
Smokey’s Closet
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Help Smokey’s Closet, UT’s free professional clothing closet by organizing and sizing donations. Volunteers are also welcome to bring donations for Smokey’s Closet. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Masks encouraged. Please visit Parking and Transit’s website for parking information.
Chapter contact: Mary Mahoney, smokeyscloset@utk.edu
Boys and Girls Club of Memphis Technical Training Center
9 a.m.
Outdoor beautification project. 903 Walker Avenue (South Memphis, Across the street from Elmwood Cemetery, Next door to Lemoyne-Owen College)
Chapter contact: Pearson Crutcher, pearson@soememphis.com
North Alabama
Lincoln Village
8:30 a.m.–Noon
Lincoln Village provides affordable housing and education for lower income families. Volunteers will help renovate a home.
Chapter contact: Darby Douglas, douglas.k.darby@gmail.com
North Atlanta
Personal Care/Food Item Donation Drop Off at 2300 Lakeview Parkway, Alpharetta, GA
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Drop off personal care and summer food items – Kid snacks, Capri Sun and other box juices, canned soup, macaroni & cheese, shampoo & conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, etc. Donations of transportation to the Northside Food Bank nearest you for drop off encouraged.
You can also use our Amazon donation link.
Chapter contact: Kendall Carter, kendallwcarter@gmail.com
St. Mary’s Food Bank
Noon–2 p.m.
Projects include: packing emergency food boxes, on-site food distribution, Kids Café and much more!
Chapter contact: Elizabeth Goldstein, elizabeth.goldstein@comcast.net
Southwest FL
Grace Church–13 SE 21st Place, Cape Coral, FL 33903
9:30 a.m.
Volunteers will be preparing and serving breakfast while participants get free oil changes
Chapter contact: Jana Barclay Vantrease, jana@wavemediasolutions.com