Appalachia CARES is a community-based service-learning program which promotes COMMUNITY, ACTION, RESPONSIBILITY, EDUCATION, and SERVICE as program cornerstones. In an internship-like setting, members engage in direct service with youth, students, adults and volunteers across Middle and East Tennessee in partnership with community-based organizations and local agencies. The overall goal of the program is to impact participants through service-learning.
Through the implementation of service-learning, our members focus on:
Our mission is to encourage and support program participants, youth, and community volunteers to become civically engaged, inspired, and motivated realizing they can use their own skills, knowledge, and education to make a positive contribution to their communities regardless of their talents or deficits.
The Appalachia CARES program is a grant funded AmeriCorps program through the Corporation for National and Community Service. The grant is awarded by Volunteer Tennessee located in Nashville, TN. The program is locally sponsored by Clinch-Powell. AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. To learn more, visit the AmeriCorps website.