I’ve always had a passion for volunteering. I grew up in a home where volunteering in church and school was a weekly activity. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself gravitating towards philanthropic student organizations. I started this journey in my sorority, where I fell in love with our philanthropy and helping the kids in the Hematology and Oncology Clinic at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Luckily, there is a student organization on campus solely dedicated to raising money for these kids: For the Kids at UTK.
FTK at UTK has changed my life. For the Kids at UTK is the largest student-run philanthropic organization on campus. Since our founding in 1995, we have raised over one million dollars for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, our local affiliate of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I have served on the executive committee for the last two years. My first year I was the Online Communications Chairman. I managed all of our social media networks. This year, I was honored to be selected as the Vice President of Community Outreach. I aid the President in all organization tasks, as well as tasks specifically related to Corporate Development, Family Relations, Public Relations and Online Communications.
In this I have truly found my calling.
Where do I find my motivation? Alex Sheen’s social movement “because I said I would.” really sums it all up. It is based on the making and keeping of promises.
Almost all of the college students I know somehow have their hand in volunteerism, which is appropriate considering what school we attend (Go Vols!). Our generation is often seen as self-absorbed and lazy, but this blog is here to show off the opposite.
Here are the stories of how ‘average’ students are making a huge impact in the community.
This is #thevolunteermovement.