Pellissippi State promotes community service through 9/11 event, volunteer fair

“Anyone can make a difference.”

This is the message Pellissippi State Community College is promoting in September with two events designed to inspire faculty, staff and students to get involved in their communities.

Pellissippi State’s annual 9/11 Day of Remembrance, scheduled from 9:10-9:45 a.m. Tuesday, will include not only a moment of silence for those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks in 2001, but also an uplifting message about the importance of service from Jeff Eastman, chief executive officer of Remote Area Medical, a Knoxville-based nonprofit that provides free medical, dental and vision care through mobile medical clinics in the United States and abroad.

“This is a national event started by family members of the victims of 9/11, who wanted this day to be more than a day of sadness,” explained Drema Bowers, director of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement.

The 9/11 Day of Remembrance, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Goins Building Auditorium on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

“Jeff is going to share about Stan Brock’s life and how Stan’s work encouraged him to volunteer and be involved and how that experience has impacted him,” Bowers said, referencing the RAM founder who passed away Aug. 29. “And that should challenge us, as the 9/11 Day of Remembrance also is about celebrating those who stood up that day in 2001, both in New York and locally, to help. Everyone can do something.”

Faculty, staff and students can find that “something” to do at Pellissippi State’s annual Volunteer Fair scheduled for 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 25.

More than 20 nonprofits in Knox, Blount and Anderson counties have been invited to the event in the Hardin Valley Campus’ College Center.

“Students are asking, ‘How do I get involved?’ especially because Tennessee Promise requires eight hours of service to the community each semester to continue receiving scholarship funding,” Bowers explained. “We want students to see the resources early and find a good place to plug into off campus.”

During the 2017-18 academic year, more than 1,000 Pellissippi State students logged community service hours, either as a volunteer or through courses that offer a service-learning component for class credit.

Combined with the hours logged by faculty and staff and the hours provided by AmeriCorps VISTAs assigned to Pellissippi State, the college’s community service had a $601,139 economic impact on the state during the 2017-18 academic year, based on the federal rate of $24.69 per volunteer hour served.

For more information about Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, visit www.pstcc.edu/service-learning.

For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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