Growing up, like many of my peers, both of my parents worked. Once I was around 11 years old and my brother 14, our parents began letting us stay home without a babysitter afterschool. Although I had the love and support of my family, I do remember feeling a bit lonely some days, if not bored.
In our current economic times, there are many households where children are left home alone without an adult to turn to for safety or guidance. The Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley addresses the most at-risk youth in these circumstances, ensuring that all young people are enabled to reach their full potential. The non-profit promotes educational, vocational and character development in youth ages 5 through 17.
To support the work of the Club, employees from our Knoxville facility spent an afternoon volunteering. The annual Great Tennessee Valley Rubber Duck Race is one of the non-profits largest fundraising event, providing in the past up to $200,000 towards their operations! Employees, along with other businesses, numbered and tagged 44,000 rubber ducks (see picture to the right!!) that were used in the race in the Tennessee River. Our employees are already looking forward to volunteering next year!