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King University News :: King Gives Back to Bristol and Knoxville Communities During Day of Service

BRISTOL, Tenn., May 9, 2014 – King University hosted a day of service, King gives Back, in the Bristol and Knoxville communities on April 5. Students, faculty and staff participated in a number of service projects within the two communities.

“King’s Office of Student Engagement in Bristol and Student Affairs in Knoxville offered opportunities to participate in community outreach activities designed to enhance the quality of life for members of the surrounding communities while enriching the lives of King University students, faculty, and staff,” said Julie Roberson, assistant dean for Student Engagement.

During the first King Gives Back service day, 46 faculty, staff, and student volunteers in Bristol served at the Crisis Center, Appalachian Service Project, Healing Hands, Cross Medical Mission, Young Life Bristol, and YMCA.

“In Knoxville, there were 40 faculty, faculty, staff, and students who served at Caris Courtyard Assisted Living, Second Harvest, West Side Family YMCA, and the American Cancer Society,” said Priscilla McCowan, regional director of Student Affairs for King’s Knoxville campus.

Lora Moore Gilreath is currently studying for her Bachelor of Business Administration degree through King’s Graduate Professional Studies program. She said of her experience during King Gives Back, “I was excited to be able to participate in the first King Gives Back service day. I volunteered with Appalachia Service Project and had a great time! The King students I was teamed with were amazing. Our project for the day was to complete a handicap ramp and reattach siding which had blown off the home. We finished up ahead of schedule, so enjoyed some time at the ASP warehouse organizing building materials. I have received so much on a personal level from my time at King this past year - volunteering for King Gives Back service day was a great way to pay it forward by serving others.”

Roberson added, “We’d like to thank everyone who came out and volunteered for our first King Service Day. We hope to make this an annual event and provide more service opportunities for our King community.”

Student Engagement and Student Affairs plan to make King Gives Back and annual event. For more information or questions contact Priscilla McCowan in Knoxville at or 865-769-3121 or Julie Roberson in Bristol at or 423-652-6310.


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