TVA Employees Perform Volunteer Work For Three Local Charities on ‘Day of Caring’
November 16, 2010
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Valley Authority employees recently delivered flowers to an assisted living facility, cleaned and painted a Ronald McDonald House, and made repairs to a community demonstration farm as part of the Smoky Mountain Region Combined Federal Campaign’s Day of Caring.
Random Acts of Flowers, the Knoxville Ronald McDonald House and Beardsley Community Farm all benefit from the annual campaign, which gives federal employees an opportunity to make financial contributions and volunteer their services to charitable health and human-service organizations.
“The Combined Federal Campaign’s Day of Caring gives federal employees a hands-on opportunity to see how their volunteer work directly affects members of the community,” said John Trawick, TVA senior vice president of Commercial Operations & Pricing, and executive campaign manager of the Smoky Mountain Region Combined Federal Campaign. “Interacting with people who rely on the charities that the campaign supports greatly enriches the lives of our employees who volunteer.”
Several TVA employees spent the Day of Caring delivering bouquets from Random Acts of Flowers, located in northwest Knoxville, to residents at Williamsburg Villas, an assisted living facility for memory care patients just off of Governor John Sevier Highway. Williamsburg Villas is one of more than two dozen assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospices and hospitals in the Knoxville area that receive recycled flowers from Random Acts of Flowers.
TVA employees also helped clean, paint and landscape the Knoxville Ronald McDonald House near the University of Tennessee campus, which provides temporary housing for the families of children undergoing treatment at area hospitals.
Others performed outdoor maintenance and repair work at the Community Action Committee Beardsley Community Farm, an urban demonstration farm that grows organic produce, houses bee colonies and raises free-range chickens on the former grounds of Beardsley Junior High School, just off of Western Avenue.
Participating federal agencies in the Smoky Mountain Region CFC will complete their campaigns in early December with a goal of raising $750,000; TVA ’s portion of that goal is $525,000.
Established in 1961 as a result of President Kennedy’s efforts, the Combined Federal Campaign has become the nation’s leading workplace giving program, raising more money for charity than any other annual employee-giving program.
Photo 1 -- Faye Smith, a resident at assisted living facility Williamsburg Villas, received the 5,000th bouquet delivery by Random Acts of Flowers since the charity’s first official delivery on March 3, 2009. Participating in the Smoky Mountain Region Combined Federal Campaign’s Day of Caring are, from left, Sage Morgan, Random Acts of Flowers director of operations; TVA volunteer deliverer Susan Armstrong; Smith; TVA volunteer deliverers Tracy Vandergriff and Teresa Jarvis. The volunteers’ T-shirts feature the Combined Federal Campaign logo L.E.A.D -- Learn, Engage, Act, Donate.
Photo 2 -- Staff members of Williamsburg Villas and TVA volunteer flower deliverers present bouquets from Random Acts of Flowers to appreciative residents of the assisted living facility. The delivery was part of the Smoky Mountain Region Combined Federal Campaign’s Day of Caring. Standing, from left, are Jennifer Ricker, Williamsburg activities director; TVA volunteer Tracy Vandergriff; Donna Costner, a nurse at Williamsburg Villas; TVA volunteer Teresa Jarvis, and Sage Morgan, Random Acts of Flowers director of operation.
Photo 3 -- Random Acts Director of Operations Sage Morgan talks with Williamsburg Villas resident Herb Donaldson, who received flowers as part of the Smoky Mountain Region Combined Federal Campaign Day of Caring.
Photo 4 -- Williamsburg Villas resident Joyce Forth conveys joy and surprise when receiving a huge bouquet from Random Acts of Flowers on Day of Caring.
Photo 5 -- From left, TVA employees Susan Armstrong, Teresa Jarvis and Tracy Vandergriff receive a yellow rose in appreciation for volunteering to deliver bouquets to Williamsburg Villas assisted living facility on Day of Caring.
Jim Allen, Knoxville, (865) 632-7453
Media Relations, Knoxville (865) 632-6000