One of our greatest resources is the citizens of the Volunteer State. Volunteer Tennessee , the State Service Commission, works to encourage volunteerism and community service. More than 17,000 people of all ages and backgrounds are helping to meet local needs, strengthen communities, and increase civic engagement through 100 National Service projects across Tennessee.
Volunteer Tennessee administers AmeriCorps, the domestic Peace Corps. Last year, 300 Team Tennessee AmeriCorps members helped 1,000 individuals receive access to health care, diagnosis, and/or follow-up care; tutored and mentored more than 6,000 students in grades 1-12, helping them achieve greater scholastic success; diverted 190 tons of consumables from the waste stream through composting and recycling programs in schools; built 37 homes for low-income, disabled or elderly individuals; and assisted 2,000 frail senior citizens to live independently in their own homes. Volunteer Tennessee also partners with the Department of Education and Lions Clubs International to support service-learning, a teaching methodology that combines academic and behavioral learning with volunteer service for K-12 youth.
According to the latest available data, Tennessee has 1.2 million volunteers who dedicate 156.9 million hours of service annually. The economic impact to local communities totals $3,100,000,000 (yes, that is $3.1 billion!).