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Student Service Initiative



You can now visit our LMU Community Service Calendar. We will be posting community volunteer opportunities from the region to better inform community members, students, staff and faculty of upcoming volunteer needs. Many of the events are contributed to our calendar by our LMU Community Engagement Consortium member organizations. To post an event and/or call for volunteers, contact Associate Dean of Students, Larry Thacker, at larry.thacker@lmunet.edu

A significant component of the Lincoln Memorial University experience is SERVICE. Our University Mission Statement is clear about the importance of SERVICE to the development of the whole person and states specifically our belief that “a major cornerstone of a meaningful existence is service to humanity; service to the community where one lives; and service in a global and diverse society with an emphasis on the underserved.

All students receiving any type of institutional financial assistance are expected to participate in the Student Service Initiative. More than just a requirement, however, this program is a way for students to broaden their horizons and become involved in community and service learning projects. The University encourages and helps facilitate paths for students to provide service opportunities on an individual basis. Student organizations also provide service to the community on a larger, group level. And when possible, Lincoln Memorial University partners with outside service groups such as Remote Area Medical, Mission of Hope, Habitat for Humanity, American Cancer Society and United Way.

Read more about this exciting opportunity below. For questions and additional information, contact Larry Thacker, LMU Student Services, 423.869.6433 or email at: larry.thacker@LMUnet.edu.

What is the Student Service Initiative?


The Student Service Initiative is an opportunity for students receiving Institutional Financial Aid from Lincoln Memorial University to broaden their horizons and become involved in service learning projects and community service.

Who Participates in the Program?


Participants in the SSI program are all undergraduate students receiving any form of financial aid from LMU (for example, sport scholarships, Lincoln Grants, and academic awards).  Students receiving state or federal grants or loans or other aid from non-LMU sources are exempt from the Student Services Initiative but are encouraged to participate.

How Does the Program Work?


As part of the requirement to receive institutional aid, students are required to participate in a 10-hour service learning component per semester in a project directly related to the academic field of study. The Student Service Initiative will include only those projects and initiatives that do not include internships and payable service.

What are the Program's Advantages?

  • Satisfaction of giving something back while enrolled at LMU
  • Hands-on experience in a field unrelated or directly related to the students course of study
  • Increased marketability and enhancement of future job opportunities
  • Prelude to a lifelong learning experience
  • Increased opportunity to meet people and engage in activities outside the customary, day-to-day world
  • Opportunity to participate and help people on a volunteer basis

What is Available in the Community

Projects in an academic field decided upon by the student and the academic advisor are available.  Community service activities could include any service or projects that are not necessarily campus-based.  Volunteer work in nursing homes and hospitals, United Way, beautification projects, AYSO soccer, Little League, Special Olympics, Senior Games and volunteer work with the Salvation Army are just a few examples of projects that can be done off-campus and in the community.  Projects could also include activities and service found through campus clubs and organizations.

Community Service Resources
Corporation for National & Community Service
Do Something
Appalachian Community Fund
Idealist.org
Appalachian Regional Commission

Americorps / Americorps Vista
Team Knoxville
1-800-Volunteer
Network for Good
Points of Light
ServeNet
Corporation for National and Community Service
Serviceleader.org
Volunteer Match

Non-Profits/Charities (Knoxville / East Tennessee / SE Kentucky LMU service area)

Habitat for Humanity  
Chamber of Commerce  
American Red Cross  
Salvation Army  
American Cancer Society  
Knoxville Rotary Club  
Shrine Club  
Boy Scouts of America, Great Smoky Mountains Council  
Kiwanis Club  
Knoxville Tri-County Lions Club  
Girl Scouts of America  
YMCA of East Tennessee  
National Kidney Foundation of East Tennessee  
Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee  
United Way of Greater Knoxville  
Boys & Girls Club  
Appalachian Voices Interns / Volunteers wanted  
Extensive listing of Knoxville area civic organizations  
About Knoxville, extensive listing
Highlander Research and Education Center
 
   
   
Non-Profits / Charities (Kentucky)
 
Operation Unite, Kentucky 1.866.678.6483
Eastern Kentucky Child Care Coalition 606.337.6044
Cumberland River Comprehensive Care
Independence House
606.529.9386
Cumberland River Comprehensive Care  
Cabinet for Families and Children  
Department for Protection and Permanency 606.337.6171
Department for Community Based Services 606.337.7055
Kentucky Regional Poison Center 800.222.1222
Kentucky Office for the Blind 800.321.6668
   
Non-Profits/Charities (Cumberland Gap Larger Region)

LMU Organizations  
Claiborne County Habitat for Humanity 423.865.3547
Claiborne County Chamber of Commerce 423.626.4149
Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce 606.248.5603
American Red Cross 423.626.9617
Manna House (Tazewell, TN) 423.626.8765
Salvation Army (Middlesboro, KY) 606.248.4925
Cooperative Christian Ministries (Pat Stanley) 606.248.8022
American Cancer Society 1.800.ACS.2345
ROHO 606.248.5456
Rotary Club of Middlesboro  
Rotary Club of Pineville (Jimmy Gragg) 606.337.3159
Shrine Club 606.248.6311
Boy Scouts of America 606.248.1414
Kiwanis Club of Middlesboro (Richard Smith) 606.248.3886
Kiwanis Club of Pineville (Mike Long) 606.337.3411
Lions Club of Middlesboro (Roy Asher) 606.248.1252
Lions Club of Pineville (Earl Hurst) 606.337.3951
Pump Springs Baptist Church 423.869.8323
Under His Wings 606.337.3001
Blessing House 606.248.5939
Girl Scouts of America 606.248.1766
Angel Food Ministries, Shawanee Baptist 423 869 2797
United Way  
   
Heritage/Preservation/Education
 
Bell County Public Library System 606.248.4812
Bell County Historical Society (James Madison) 606.242.0005
   
Parks/Recreation/Events
 
Wilderness Road State Park (VA) 276.445.3065
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (Janice Miracle) 606.246.1072
Pine Mountain State Park (John Brock) 606.337.9512
Cumberland Mountain Fall Festival (Middlesboro, KY) 606.242.2145 ext. 2033
Mason's Pumpkin Festival (male only) 423.869.6271
Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival (Pineville, KY) 606.337.6103
   
Government Agencies/Departments
 
Bell County Animal Shelter (Jennifer Nagle) 606.337.6331
Bell County Friends of the Shelter (Liz Lamont) 423.869.6271
Claiborne County Animal Shelter  
Bell County Animal Clinic 606.248.4243
Mainstreet Pineville (Tim Cornett) 606.499.3835
   
Healthcare
 
Tri-State Comprehensive 423.869.5376
Laurel Manor Healthcare 423.626.8215
   
Lincoln Memorial University
Campus Physical Plan Projects (Karen Farmer) 423.869.6464
LMU Baptist Collegiate Ministries 423.869.2562
Lincoln Library and Museum (Steven Wilson) 423.869.6422
   
Citizen Organizations
 
Discover Downtown Middlesboro (DDM)  
Friends of the Middlesboro Library 606.248.4812
Pineville/Bell County Community Development 606.337.7074
Middlesboro Little Theater  
   
Social Services/Mental Health
 
Middlesboro Group Home 606.248.6719
Mercy Mission 606.248.8132
Operation Unite 1.866.678.6483
Eastern Kentucky Child Care Coalition 606.337.6044
Cumberland River Comprehensive Care Independence House 606.529.9386
Cumberland River Comprehensive Care  
Middlesboro 606.248.4949
Pineville 606.337.6137
Crossroads Drug & Alcohol Treatment 606.526.9598
Cabinet for Families and Children  
Department for Protection and Permanency 606.337.6171
Department for Community Based Services 606.337.7055
Lifeline of Bell County 606.337.9955
Kentucky Regional Poison Center 800.222.1222
Kentucky Office for the Blind 800.321.6668
Bell County Day Treatment/Recovery & Safe School 606.337.0957
Bell County Homeless & Housing Council 606.337.5519
Bell County Senior Citizens Program, Inc.  
Pineville 606.337.7478
Middlesboro 606.248.2990
Bell County Council on Literacy 606.248.4000
Bell-Whitley Community Service Agency, Inc. 606.337.3044

Environmental Responsibility
I Love Mountains
Sierra Club
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Mountain Justice Summer
Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards
Earthjustice
Appalachian  Voices