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School’s Out! Combating Food Insecurity in the Summer

According to Feedingamerica.org 1 out of 7 people live in hunger and 1 out of 5 children live in hunger in Tennessee. In addition,Netfoodbank.org notes that the 2011 Census data “reveals that there are 98,292 people (1 out of every 5 residents) living in poverty in Northeast Tennessee (out of a general population of 507,691).” Also, “more than 1 in 4 children under age 18 (29,474 children) live in poverty” in Northeast Tennessee. Going by these statistics, it could be safe to assume that Northeast Tennessee is food insecure.

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My Internship Experience at Good Samaritan Ministries |Oluwafisayo Ogundoro

All I only wanted was an opportunity to serve but I got more than serving, rather I had the opportunity to engage, learn, and interact with people. At Good Sam, I met happy people who were glad to work with me. My experience as a storytelling intern gave me an opportunity to work in my […]

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Volunteer Spotlight (Back School to Program Edition): Chere Brady

In which group did you volunteer and what time did you arrive at the program location? I volunteered at both Thankful Baptist Church and Good Samaritan Ministries for the Back to School picnic. I was there to set up things and I was also at the prayers. I was the first person to arrive, and […]

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Volunteer Spotlight – Terri Lewis

Good Samaritan Ministries . . . is not just a hand out but a hand up. – Terri Lewis How Good Samaritan Ministries came in the picture I moved to Tennessee about two years ago, after I retired. After my retirement, I began to search for an opportunity to serve, give back, and to be […]

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Why You Should Volunteer

Serving people creates an avenue for every individual to experience his or her community. In the United States, many individuals volunteer at not-for-profit organizations. However, volunteering opportunities are not just peculiar to not-for-profit organizations, there are also volunteer opportunities at for-profit organizations. According, to the Bureau of Labor Statistics survey 25% of the American population […]

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Testimonial Series: Bobbie’s Story

“To get a little, you got to give a little” – Bobbie  ‘I am a 37 year old mother of two daughters: a 15 year old with autism and an 11 year old. I was raised here in Johnson City, but later moved to Jonesborough for the rest of my youth. Once I became a […]

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A New Academic Year Is Around the Corner: Combating Poverty with Back to School Program.

Summertime has kicked off and the thought of school is distant in the minds of many children. However, many low-income parents and grandparents are already thinking about the new academic school year. While parents and guardians with a stable income do not worry about preparations for the upcoming school year, it is a financial burden for families with a limited income. Imagine having to decide between purchasing school supplies or new clothing for a child?

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I Know Who You Are

by Aaron T. Murphy
When you need it the most, encouragement can come from places you least expect it. As a child, I never really understood and fully believed in angels until a recent encounter with a complete stranger that has impacted my life forever. Last year, I tore my achilles while playing basketball and was unable to walk for 3 months. Once my doctor fully released me to return to the office on crutches, I struggled both physically and mentally for some time. I was at a point of deep depression and my wife, family and friends did their best to motivate me to keep moving forward in life while serving others.

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Northeast Tennessee and the Use of Opioids: What You Need to Know.

There is a growing number of deaths from the misuse of Opioids in Tennessee. According to the Johnson City Press, about 1, 300 persons died in Tennessee from opioids in 2017. The article also notes that Northeast Tennessee is one of the epidemic’s “hardest hit” regions in the United States. In fact, the state of Tennessee in 2017, ranks first as the state that records the highest sales of opioids in the United States with “44.3 kilograms of opioids per 100,000 residents.”