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Review for Schools Together Allowing No Drugs, Oneida, TN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Juvenile Judge had 7 teens standing in front of him and all were charged with drug use. He knew he needed to do something--so he did. He created a program where if a high school junior or senior wanted to participate in extracurricular activities (sports, band, school trips, parking, etc.) then they would be drug tested. He brought together every person/organization that would be involved in a drug problem and set them in the school gym facing the bleachers. In walks the juniors and seniors FOR THE NEXT YEAR who were told they had all summer long to "dry up" because when they came back to school in the fall, this program would be enforced. Counseling would be provided after school and transportation home. All records are shredded upon graduation. The STAND organization has gone to to expand the program and achieve national recognition. Not bad for a small upper East Tennessee county that is meeting the drug program head on.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Appalachian Life Quality Initiative, Oneida, TN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

She was a teenager from an underserved family unable to afford the dental care she desperately needed. She never smiled and when she talked, which was rarely, her hand was in front of her mouth. Enter the Scott County Dental Clinic for children who welcomed her and took her under their wing to fix noticably very badly decayed teeth. Not only did they make sure her dental work would be concluded in time for a nice big smile for the prom, but they stepped up to securing dress and shoes, a new hair-do, and makeup as well. The life of this teenager was drastically shaped by the care of the Scott County Dental Clinic and it's staff, a non-profit clinic located in Huntsville, TN.

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for Operation Sharing Tennessee, Oneida, TN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Operation Sharing TN (OST), Oneida, TN began as a branch of Christian Appalachian Ministries in a leaky old warehouse with no electricity or water but with determination and grit survived the winter before finding and moving into a better facility. Operating that first year with all volunteers and no expenses, this organization was able to provide much needed items to the people on the Cumberland Plateau in the Tennessee and Kentucky area. The new facility had expenses of utilities and a new part-time manager and staff were hired with local banks and businesses covering the costs as the program has continued to grow and distributes millions of dollars of much needed products. These items are distributed free of charge and cannot be sold, traded or bartered. Schools, churches, civic groups, clubs, etc receive such needed items as bottled water, building supplies, furniture, food, books, clothing, etc. Non-profits of the Cumberland Plateau may become members and make regular appointments for these items that help families in need. Donations are always welcomed.

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for Appalachian Life Quality Initiative, Oneida, TN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

You can tell how a community cares by the way they treat their children. From the beginning Appalachian Life Quality Initiative (ALQI) has concentrated on the needs of the children of Scott County TN and has gone the extra mile to help those who cannot help themselves. When surveys showed dental care was the number one need of the children, they established a Dental Clinic--and didn't stop there. They would go on to establish or assist in establishing 21 programs primarily for the children. It all started when a man wanted to help in doing something for the children and ALQI was formed to carry out his wishes. The community is a better place today because of these programs. The children have a better chance of living a fully productive life because this man cared and the community fully supported the work. Today there are children benefiting from a Boys & Girls Club, Schools Together Allowing No Drugs, Children's Center of the Cumberlands, Scott County Service Unit of the Salvation Army (also sending kids to camp), Operation Sharing Tennessee, Agape Christian Learning Center, and the list goes on. Scott County Tennessee--a wonderful place to live and work.

Role:  Board Member