Monday, November 22, 2010


(by John Gardner via City of Knoxville)

Plant (trees)and Stamp(invasive species) Event on the Third Creek

CAC AmeriCorps volunteers and the City of Knoxville are
organizing volunteers Saturday, December 4th from 10am to 2pm to plant trees along Third Creek in Tyson Park and remove invasive species in the restored section of Third Creek. Everyone in the community is welcome to lend a hand improving our local environment. Please prepare for the weather. All tools and equipment will be provided.

Support for this project comes fromt he City of Knoville Storm-Water Engineering and
Parkes and Recreation departments as well as CAC AmeriCorps.

For more information or to RSVP as a group or individual, please contact John Gardner

Awards have been presented to Knoxville and Knox County's most beautiful commercial properties since 1979. On October 26, 2010 CAC AmeriCorps received this prestigious award for their environmental community service! The Winners were announced at the annual Orchids Awards Dinner held at The Foundry. Nominations are submitted by the public and a nominating committee. Properties may be nominated in one of several categories. A property can win only once except in cases of major renovations. Private residences are NOT considered for this award. A panel of independent judges selects the winners. Past judge panels have included architects, commercial builders,realtors, landscape architects, historic preservationists, community leaders and former awardees.

The other CAC AMERICORPS affiliated sites that won an award: Ijam's Nature Center & Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge

(by Julia Lepping)

In the past, the only schools that accepted the Segal AmeriCorps
Education Award were listed as Title IV by the Department of Ed-
ucation. The Serve America Act opens up use of the award at ad-
ditional learning institutions that accept the G.I. Bill. What
does this mean? There are more opportunities for using the
award than ever, including trade schools and overseas schools,
as well as apprentice programs with government agencies such as
police departments.

To learn more, visit
and type in the terms "G.I. Bill" into the search box or explore
the information under the "Schools" tab.

(by Various CAC AmeriCorps members & Affiliates)

Tribe One's MADD by Amy Staffaroni

"Tribe One was thrilled to be a site for the 2010 Make A Difference
Day on Saturday October 23rd. We had a team of twelve working with
us to expand our Urban Garden. There were several goals for the day
including building a new raised bed, expanding three existing beds,
constructing a new compost bin, and installing a netting on the roof
to deter pigeons. Through much hard work we were able to finish the
new raised bed, build a new compost bin and came very close to com-
pleting the bed extensions and pigeon netting (which will be finished
today). The group faced a couple of challenges that included working
with very un-level ground to build bed on and not having all the proper
tools. We also had some difficulties disassembling the raised beds for
the extensions. We were able to overcome these difficulties by working
as a team, by putting our different ideas together and trying new ways
to solve problems. There were a couple of things that I learned by plan-
ning and participating in the event. I learned that it is very important
to think ahead and thoroughly plan, but I also learned that you cannot
be prepared for everything that might happen. Obstacles will come up,
and you need to work as a team to overcome them. I also learned a lot
about building raised beds and what tools and materials you need to com-
plete them. It was great to be part of the Make A Difference Day, the
garden at Tribe One is now at it's growing capacity thanks to very hard-
working and helpful volunteers!"

Knox County Recycling MADD by Erin Sullivan

Yes, I believe that I made a difference of Make A Difference Day because, basically, I along with my fellow road-clean-up crew clean a whole lot of trash from the road. It was disgusting. I mean, really, really horrible. There were literally parts of cars that we found. Like, bumpers and head lights. There were old pop and beer bottles dating back probably 25 years. I mean it. They don't make labels like that anymore. I found a shoe box filled with...trash. Who does that? Seriously. And it made me feel like I was making a difference so that down the time road of life, some archaeologist who finds some kind of cultural significance on Crippen Road won't have to sift through all this crap to get to something more important OR see how disgusting so many of our citizens live our lives. Basically what I'm saying from this rant is that I do think I and the crew made a difference that day by not keeping the remnants of Knox County denizens' total lack of interest in the land around them, therefore we discarded their discards. Hopefully those people who ZOOMED by us saw us cleaning up, posibly, their leftovers off the side of the road and took thought into how they treat their community and maybe took a little shame with them.

(by Jennifer Linginfelter of Knox County Solid Waste Dept)

The Chili Cook Off is a fundraiser for Second Harvest Foodbank. Knox Recycles acted as a sponsor to handle all the recycling during and before the event. During the morning prep, we recycled all plastic film, cardboard and steel/aluminum food containers from the vendors. We also collected and recycled single stream materials generated during the event, which included miscellaneous paper products and plastic bottles and cups. Second Harvest expected over 4,000 attendees at the Cookoff, and featured 22 teams of chili cookers.

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