Volunteers are the heart of a community and they are the most important resource community organizations have.
The Warren County Chamber of Commerce is conducting a volunteer drive on Friday, April 21, from 3-5 p.m. to connect people who want to willingly work for the betterment of their community and the organizations that need them.
“Volunteers help to drive our community and its progress,” said Chamber representative Paige Chastain. “It’s through their day-in and day-out sacrifices that community grows and becomes stronger. We are hoping events like this volunteer drive will inspire more individuals to give back and take part in shaping their community. After all, it takes all of us working together to thrive.”
Along with the Chamber, the following organizations have signed up to attend: Junior Auxiliary of McMinnville, Serenity Thrift, Magness Library, Marine Corp League, The Hope Center, Habitat for Humanity, Mountain TOP, Friends of the Greenway, Master Gardeners, Main Street McMinnville, and Families in Crisis.
“This fair aims to call attention to the varying needs in this community that are filled by volunteers and service organizations,” said Chastain. “Oftentimes, an individual may want to volunteer but may be unsure of which organization would be the best fit for them. Perhaps it is that no one has directly reached out to them. This is that reach. This fair is free and open to the public. All are welcome to meet representatives from these organizations to ensure the best fit.”
The event is coming at an opportune time in Warren County. Students taking advantage of the TN Promise scholarships are required to have eight service hours per semester to receive and maintain their scholarship. The deadline to submit these hours is July 1.
“We aim to sign up students who are needing to complete their service hours for the fall semester,” said Chastain. “We are also encouraging upcoming seniors to come and learn about the different service organizations to see what will be a good fit for them when their time comes.”
For more information, the Chamber can be reached at 473-6611.