Students and faculty alike are encouraged to assemble for "Make It a Day On, Not a Day Off," a gratifying afternoon chock full of volunteer work offered up by TeamVols. "This is a unique opportunity for anyone who hasn't particularly volunteered time before to understand the rewards of the giving of ourselves," Ron Laffitte, director of student activities, said. "TeamVols has really worked hard to put this all together, and by showing up on Monday, volunteers will truly demonstrate the spirit of a Tennessee volunteer.'
The day begins on Saturday at 8:30 a.m., where all will meet and register in the Carolyn P. Brown University Center Ballroom. A light breakfast will follow. From there, volunteers will divide into teams, load school buses and depart to a number of different service sites. Volunteers will then serve, and be whisked back to campus for lunch and to hear speaker Dr. Joan Parrott, vice president of the Children's Defense Fund.
The day will be over by 1:30 p.m.
Laffitte said that a half day of service seemed a much more doable project than a full day.
"Our thought was let's just do a half day of service and then students who might have plans like going to the basketball game that night or whatever they have to do, they are able to still do that," he said. Sign-ups are in the TeamVols Office in 315A University Center, VonHervulis said. Students are encouraged to sign up now so that TeamVols is able to let the service agencies know how many volunteers to expect.
"This is the first event of this nature at UT," said Jessica VonHervulis, graduate advisor for TeamVols. "Its purpose is for everyone to come together to give to the Knoxville community in memory of Dr. King." Team Vols has assembled a plethora of volunteer organizations to quench the giving spirit of a wide array of people. Second Harvest Food Bank, Habitant for Humanity Thrift Store, Beaumont Elementary, the Love Kitchen, Children's Hospital, IJAMS Nature Center, FISH Hospitality Pantry and FISH North Knoxville Community Chest are all involved.
Among these projects, several groups will be designated to stay on campus. "There will be a couple of beautification projects on campus," Laffitte said. "It seems fitting to stay in our own backyard."
VonHervulis said that TeamVols is excited about the prospect of a large turn-out on Monday morning. "We are hoping that there will be over a hundred volunteers."
For more information on registering for "Make It a Day On, Not a Day Off," contact TeamVols at 974-8481.