Volunteer drive to be held today

Feb. 13, 2013 @ 12:01 AM

Sevier County's Promise hosts its annual volunteer drive today at the Sevierville Community Center gym, 200 Gary Wade Blvd. The event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At the drive, people who want to volunteer can meet representatives of about 30 agencies. Participating organizations include Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries, Boys and Girls Clubs, Mountain Hope Clinic, Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center and the King Family Library.

"We're trying to recruit teens, adults and seniors to come out and help," said Sevier County's Promise chair Kim Loveday. Sevier County's Promise is a nonprofit that works on behalf of local youth.

After applicants choose an agency, they leave information with Sevier County's Promise, which conducts background checks. "We're the go-between," said Loveday of her group. "We want them to get good volunteers."

Volunteers do not need to have specialized skills, Loveday said. They can run errands, deliver meals and even do yard work.

At the drive, nonprofits don't just meet potential volunteers. They also get to network with each other. "It's a one-stop shop for agencies," said Loveday, "so they can learn what the others do."

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