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Carson-Newman service blitz provides aid in 4 counties
Carson-Newman students sort items for an upcoming benefit at Food on Foot in Morristown during Saturday's Operation Inasmuch day of service.
(Sept. 29, 2018) JEFFERSON CITY, TN — In an outpouring of love for the community, 570 student volunteers from Carson-Newman University fanned across four counties during the University’s annual Operation Inasmuch day of service.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, student volunteers canvassed more than 35 service sites in Jefferson, Hamblen, Grainger and Knox counties. Projects included preparing a community garden, pulling trash from creeks, cleaning schools and libraries, sorting donations and much more.
“Operation Inasmuch is a tradition that Carson-Newman greatly values,” said Marilee Betz, director of Student Activities. “This is our opportunity as a campus community to go and be the hands and feet of Christ within the community outside of our campus. Students, faculty and staff served in a variety of ways to carry on this 13-year tradition.
“We hope to empower our students through this service opportunity to see the needs in their own backyard and make the practice of Operation Inasmuch a way of living,” Betz added.
In 2006, Carson-Newman was the first college or university to implement OI. Founded by Dr. David Crocker, OI has since been adopted by organizations across the country.
The program's name stems from Matthew 25:40, where Jesus says: "Inasmuch as you serve the least of these, you serve me."
Founded in 1851, Carson-Newman is a Christian liberal arts university located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, among the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The University has over 2,500 students and offers 50 undergraduate majors, as well as associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees.