The four summer members sitting socially distanced at orientation.

Summer Associates Say Goodbye

During this unprecedented summer, four amazing women stepped up to the plate and spent their time as Summer Associates serving in several local nonprofits. Their combined efforts helped to serve hundreds of people in the Knoxville community during their two months of service. Though today is their last day, their accomplishments will continue to impact their sites and the community they served long into the future.

Amanda Gold:

Amanda Gold holding a crate full of milk cartons.

Amanda spent her summer service months working with the CAC Summer Food Service program helping to connect families to food resources through Knox County Schools. During her service, she was able to serve over 4,000 meals to those in need! She also put in the research to identify 5 new locations to distribute food and created a system to transition to mostly paperless for future programs.

Bethany Howard:

Bethany stepped up this summer to serve with Big Brothers Big Sisters. She spent a good portion of her time giving phone interviews to Littles and their families to find out how Covid-19 is impacting them. She also participated in an online fundraiser called Game For Kids’ Sake that raised over $4,000 and continued her own education through her site’s learning exchange program.

Megan Finan:

Megan spent her summer with ASAP of Anderson helping to expand their outreach efforts. One of her accomplishments was launching two social media campaigns promoting free medication lock boxes for Anderson County residents which helped to give over 50 lock boxes away! She also developed a strategy and calendar for a social media collaboration with Roane State Community College.

Kara Grosso:

Kara Grosso selfie with mountains in the background.

Kara served with Nourish this summer to help with food distribution and education. Some of her duties included delivering fresh produce, dispersing double bucks for the EBT program, and designing a Kids Club Activity. She also helped finish a Local Food Guide that provides information about farms, markets, grocers, and restaurants involved in the local food system.

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