Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Glade Sun

April 16, 2014

Volunteers love chocolate

CROSSVILLE — The Fairfield Glade Community Club held its inaugural Volunteer Expo at the Community and Conference Center on April 10, and it was a resounding success. This event was designed to educate the community about the various needs around Cumberland County and to give residents the opportunities to apply their talents and help their neighbors. Forty-eight non-profit organizations were present to explain their missions and recruit volunteers, and more than 400 residents showed up to learn about how they can serve others, once again demonstrating the tremendous spirit of volunteerism that makes Fairfield Glade such a unique community.

The Community Club also organized a Cheer For Chocolate baked goods sale to coincide with the Volunteer Expo. The chocolate sale was inspired by the success of the March 28 Cupcake Wars, which raised more than $600 for Relay For Life. Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries raise much needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay For Life movement. Despite being put together on very short notice, Cheer For Chocolate raised more than $900 for the cause. Further fundraising efforts are being organized for the Relay For Life event, scheduled for May 2, including a 'Shave Your Head for the Cause' drive. Donations for Fairfield Glade residents who have volunteered to shave their heads are estimated to exceed $3,450.

The Community Club would like to thank everyone who participated in these events. Below is a complete list of the organizations that participated in the Volunteer Expo, though there are several other volunteer organizations in the county:

A Time for Paws, AARF, American Red Cross, Avalon Center, Bread of Life, Cumberland Business Incubator, CARE (Community Addicts Recovery Effort), Cat's Meow, Cumberland County Playhouse, Celtic Circle, Christian Counseling Center of Cumberland County, Christian Motorcycle Club, Cumberland Medical Center, Creative Compassion, Cumberland Adult Reading Council, Chamber of Commerce, Cumberland County Community Band, Habitat for Humanity, Cumberland Good Samaritans, Good Samaritans – FFG, Downtown Crossville Inc., Exchange Club/Stephens Center, Fairfield Glade Hospice, Fairfield Glade Resident Services, Fair Park Senior Center, Fleet Reserve Association, Friends of Peavine, Friends of the Glade Trails, Gems & Hope, Hilltoppers Inc., Hospice of Cumberland County, House of Hope, Kids on the Rise, Mission to Missionaries, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), North Cumberland Elementary, Open Bible Ministries of TN, Performing Arts Alliance of Rural Tennessee, Plateau Pregnancy Services, Rural Health Clinic, Save a Cat, Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM), Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band, United Fund of Cumberland County, Upper Cumberland Human Resources, Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP), Wags and Whiskers, and the Youth Achievement Foundation.

If you have any questions or would like further information on how you can get involved with the community, the staff at the Community Club can help you contact any of the organizations listed above.

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