Community Involvement

Our community is located in the majestic Southern Appalachian Mountains of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The surrounding mountains, rivers, and temperate rainforests have a plethora of geological, faunal, and floral wonders, making the region among the most biodiverse in North America. Our community is also the birthplace of modern American country and bluegrass music, the center of the arts and crafts revival, and the home of the National Storytelling Festival. Despite its rich ecological and cultural heritage, our community has historically high rates of poverty, illiteracy, and homelessness. Our involvement has focused on doing what we can to help protect our community’s lovely environment and rich culture and to help alleviate its chronic social issues.

  • Melting Pot Ministries, serving the needs of the hungry and homeless in downtown Johnson City, TN, Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church.
  • Appreciative Inquiry Interventions for:
    • Crumley House (brain trauma treatment and residential facility), Washington County, TN
    • Johnson City District of the United Methodist Church, Johnson City, TN.
  • Board of Directors, Appalachian Sustainable Development.
  • Board of Directors, Jubilee Project.
  • Executive Board, Tennessee Alliance for Local Entrepreneurship (TALENT).
  • Board of Directors, Tanasi Arts and Heritage Center.
  • Community Sustainability interventions for The Nature Conservancy in:
    • St.Paul, VA.
    • Cedar Bluff, VA.
  • Organizational intervention for the Dawn of Hope.
  • Participant, the Central Appalachian Network (CAN).
  • Policy Committee, Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO).
  • Participation in community sustainability grants funded by the Kellogg Foundation, the EPA, and the AEO.
  • Member, Tri-Cities TN/VA Ozone Action Task Force.
  • Strategic planning interventions for:
    • Northeast Tennessee Ronald McDonald House
    • Tri-Cities chapter of the Sierra Club
    • Coalition for Jobs and the Environment
    • Comprehensive Community Services
    • Tri-Cities chapter of the Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament
    • Volunteer Johnson City
    • Johnson City/Washington County Chamber of Commerce
    • Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce
    • Northeast Tennessee chapter of the Orton Dyslexia Society