On Wednesday, September 18, 2013, beginning at 8 a.m., over 700 Johnson University students will forgo an entire day of classes and volunteer at 36 local nonprofit organizations. Now in its fifth year, the annual event is called K13 (Knoxville 2013). Students work on projects for refugees, low-income families, urban and at-risk children, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and more.
Student Ministry Coordinator Carrie Overdorf organized the volunteer sites and coordinated with the special projects with the students will be helping to complete. “Knoxville is rich with both government and non-government organizations that strive each day to make this area a better place for their neighbors. I am excited for our students to come alongside these organizations and ministries to contribute a small part to their work,” she said.
Just last week Johnson announced a new mascot for the Tennessee campus, the Royals, and the significance it has to the mission of the school. David Legg, the vice president for student services, says K13 is another way student live out this mission. “K13 community allows students to observe some of the needs of individuals and organizations in Knox, Blount, and Sevier counties and gives them the opportunity to serve their adopted community,” he said.
Beardsley Farm, Knoxville Runaway Shelter, LIVE-IT Ministries, UT Christian Student Fellowship, and Seymour Boys and Girls Club are among some of the organizations that will benefit from this community service day.
2013 Participating Nonprofit Organizations include:
Slave Cemetery--Boyd Creek
Knox Head Start
The Children's Center
Lonsdale Community Center
Child Help Center Knoxville Runaway Shelter
Volunteer Ministry Center
UT Christian Student Fellowship
Habitat for Humanity
New Hopewell Elementary
Seymour Boys and Girls Club
Keep Knoxville Beautiful
The King's Academy
Emerald Youth Foundation
Western Heights Baptist Center
Montgomery Village Baptist Center
For more information about Johnson’s annual community service day or how to register your nonprofit, contact Student Ministry Coordinator