STUDENTS IN THE COMMUNITY
Current and former CASR employees take community volunteerism seriously. Here are just a few examples of how CASR students have reached out to help Chattanooga and its residents.
Mardi gras Gala 2010: CASR Team
Thursday, February 4th was celebrated with friends, family, and volunteers at the First Centenary Church in downtown Chattanooga. The Mardi Gras themed party was held in honor and for the entertainment of homeless and low-income families in Chattanooga. A delicious dinner was served to the adults and parents while the children teamed up with “buddies” for games, music, face painting, and mask making. The night ended in a children’s Mardi Gras parade to the delight of everyone attending. CASR volunteers included: Susan Ritz, Adam Beavers, Danielle East, Janelle Malone, and Patti Phillips.
Chattanooga Community Kitchen: Adam Beavers
Adam Beavers first became involved with the Chattanooga Community Kitchen while working on a documentary about homelessness in Chattanooga for a group class project at UTC. As part of the project the group collected warm clothes, blankets, and other items for donation to the Community Kitchen. In November of 2009, more clothing was collected at UTC’s Adult Scholars’ annual party.
Hospice and Habitat for Humanity: Angela Bielefeld
Angela Bielefeld regularly volunteers for Hospices in the region. This summer she donated her time at the Hospice of Clarksville, in which she provided respite for caregivers of terminal cancer patients in their homes. She has similarly volunteered at the Hospice of Greater Chattanooga when she is in town during her academic year. Angela is also involved with UTC’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Last spring she helped to build a house in the Amnicola Highway area for a local homeless family in need.
Spotlight on Community Service: Patti Philips
While CASR Administrative Assistant, junior Patti Philips engaged in numerous community service projects. She served as a Group Facilitator for LEAD UTC, a weekend retreat devoted to leadership development through learning and application of values within individuals and organizations at UTC. She also participated in several fund-raising events: a walk for Multiple Sclerosis, a barbeque for Cystic Fibrosis, and plaque sales for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Further, she routinely volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, where she completed chores and cooked for families and children staying there. Patti also volunteered at Room at the Inn preparing food for homeless women and children. In the summer of 2010, Patti interned at the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute, an institute for students of Greek organizations designed to give participants an understanding of how to lead with values and develop relationships inspiring collaborative action for positive change. Patti was selected for the non-paid internship out of a pool of 150 applicants. WOW! What an inspiration!