Faculty, staff volunteer for United Way's Day of Caring

Posted on: June 20, 2013

TWC faculty and staff recently volunteered for United Way's Day of Caring.

Tennessee Wesleyan College is an institution that believes in the power of servant leadership. The college’s faculty and staff members continuously mentor their students to be servant leaders, and hope that leading by example will inspire them. Annually participating in United Way for McMinn and Meigs Counties’ Day of Caring, TWC faculty and staff volunteer their time to paint, repair, clean and do landscaping for United Way partner agencies’ facilities that might not have the time, manpower, or funds to accomplish renovations on their own.

“The United Way Day of Caring reminds the community that, while financial support is crucial to the survival of many of our local community partner agencies, community volunteer support is a vital piece of successful operation,” said Mandie Thacker Beeler, TWC director of the Center for Servant Leadership.

“Serving these organizations allows us to become more civically engaged citizens and strengthens our connection to the community where we live, work, and play. The Day of Caring provides support for projects that may otherwise not be possible due to limited resources, and as leaders in the community, it is important that we join the McMinn County community in supporting those agencies that serve our citizens each and every day.”

United Way’s Day of Caring allowed TWC faculty and staff to volunteer service for community agencies with meaningful and valuable missions.

“I was proud to do work on the outside facilities of Hiwassee Mental Health, an agency that does so many good things for people in need,” said Marsha Zaleta, TWC administrative assistant to the vice president for student life. “I felt a part of that for the day.”

Community service is a cornerstone of a Tennessee Wesleyan College education. The college was recently named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, a designation that is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.