SEVIERVILLE (WATE) – Nearly two dozen organizations looking for volunteers came together in Sevierville Wednesday.
Sevier County’s Promise annual volunteer drive was held at the Sevierville Civic Center.
“I think a lot of people don’t understand what all they do in the community, and whether you need volunteer hours or just want to help people that’s a good way to give back to people. It makes a big difference in their lives,” said Kim Loveday with the Family Resource Center.
Representatives of 23 non-profit organizations filled the room – from medical care, to legal services to food ministries – all searching for more volunteers.
“We’re trying to get volunteers to help those agencies out because a lot of times they don’t have money to hire, but they do have a lot of things to do and they help our community and they need volunteers to help do that,” said Loveday.
Georgia Bohm and her granddaughter just moved to Sevier County from New York and wanted a way to get involved in their new community. When they heard about the volunteer drive, they knew they needed to be there.
“They need the help, you know, bottom line. They need the help. You know there’s not enough money to pay everybody to do everything,” said Bohm.
Organizers of say they usually have a couple dozen people sign up to be volunteers at the event, but they say this year they put more of an emphasis on it, even changing the time of it to later in the day so hopefully more people would have the chance to come out.
“They’re all appreciative, and they’re all just looking forward to people coming out and seeing what they do,” said Loveday.
Volunteers like Bohm say they cannot wait to lend a helping hand.
“I retired and I have nothing else to do,” Bohm laughed.
Volunteers will undergo background checks and screenings for whichever organization they want to join.
If you were not able to make it to the volunteer drive Wednesday and still want to join in you can contact Kim Loveday at the Sevier County Family Resource Center at (865) 428-7999.