Serve Knox

 

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Endeavor attendees can Serve Knox by pledging community volunteer hours while at the event. Volunteer East Tennessee will be on site with a goal of collecting 300+ promised hours of service during the Summit.

Attendees also have the opportunity to support a community development project through a $1,000 mini-grant competition. Finalists, selected by a judging panel prior to the event, present their project during Endeavor 2018. The winner is selected by audience vote and announced during the closing session.

Mini-Grant Finalists

 

Centro Hispano de East Tennessee
Explore Knoxville! Family Field Trips and Education

Program Information

A primary mission of Centro Hispano de East Tennessee youth and family programs is to encourage parent engagement in their child’s education. Last year, the organization expanded their traditional tactics from education programs, inviting parents to school events and interpreting for parent-teacher conferences to include family field trips to local attractions. The program has been successful, averaging 40 children and 20 adults at each of last year’s events.

Plans for the Grant

Centro de Hispano would use mini-grant funds to expand the program by:

  • Offering more destinations at low-cost for families
  • Addressing transportation issues that prevent participation
  • Provide a small, nutritious meal for participants
Enhance Powell / Powell Middle School

Pocket Park at Powell Middle School

Program Information

A portion of the Powell Greenway, spanning from Powell High School to Clinton Highway, runs in front of Powell Middle School. When Knox County Schools fenced the property, Enhance Powell, a committee of the Powell Business & Professional Association, secured permission to set back the fence. The result is a sizable space for a pocket park along the Greenway that benefits the middle school students.

Plans for Funding

Funds would be used to finish the plantings and install benches this fall.

Junior Achievement of East Tennessee
JA Company Program: Inspiring a New Generation of Entrepreneurs

Program Information

The JA Company Program is Junior Achievement of East Tennessee’s experiential high school entrepreneurship program that unlocks the innate ability in high school students to fill a need or solve a problem in their community by launching a business venture. Participating students start, run and liquidate a business while working together with teachers and community partners in this hands-on experience that brings the real world to the classroom.

Plans for Funding

Each student-run business must gain capitalization of up to $500 before launching their business venture. Junior Achievement will use these funds to provide capitalization for two Knox County students.

Knoxville-Knox County CAC Mobile Meals
Coolers for Seniors

Program Information

Every Monday-Friday, Mobile Meals volunteers deliver 1,000 meals to seniors across Knox County. Quality food served in a safe environment is top priority in order to prevent illness. Most funding received by the organization is designated for specific projects but does not allow for the purchase of basic items, like coolers, that ensure program efficiency and sustainability.

Plans for the Grant

$1,000 saved equates to 300 senior meals served. Using the grant money to replace existing or purchase new coolers reduces overhead and allows Mobile Meals to serve every senior who qualifies for the program.

Southside Waterfront Neighborhood Association
Norfolk Southern Blount Ave. Railroad Underpass Mural

Program Information

The one-lane underpass beneath the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge that spans W. Blount Ave., built in 1913, could be considered the gateway to the Southside Waterfront, Scottish Pike and Vestal neighborhoods. Current redevelopment of the South Knoxville waterfront is likely to bring more than 1,000 new residents. The purpose of this project is to transform an embarrassing “eye-sore” into a beautiful monument by cleaning, priming and painting a mural that reflects the character of our neighborhood on the walls of the underpass.

Plans for Funding

Funds will cover cost of cleaning, supplies and any additional fees.