Employees, family and friends of the Y‑12 National Security Complex fanned out across the region Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19, to help nonprofit agencies in a variety of ways — painting, landscaping, building and repairing, stocking food and school supplies, and much more.
With more than 1,100 participants — including employees, their family members and other volunteers recruited by Y‑12 employees — working some 60 projects, this year marks the largest turnout in the ten years of the program.
The work took place primarily over the weekend, with some projects scheduled on other dates, and all of the projects benefit local individuals and organizations due to the generosity and dedication of the volunteers.
“Our folks volunteer year-round, but this annual event is a great reminder of how individuals working together can make a big difference in our communities,” said Darrel Kohlhorst, president and general manager of B&W Y‑12, which operates Y‑12 for the National Nuclear Security Administration and buys supplies for volunteers to use on the projects.
“Each year we have more volunteers who give their time and talents to various projects,” Kohlhorst said. “It’s a good feeling to be able to help so many different organizations and people in East Tennessee.”
Projects this year included making quilts for NHC Health Care, loading boxes of food at the Valley View Mobile Pantry and at Second Harvest, painting rooms at the Scarboro Learning Center, building a sidewalk at Lenoir City’s North Middle School, and washing dogs for the Shelter Animals Rescue Group.
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