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The children of Loudon County need your help!

This marks the twenty-second year for the Loudon County Sheriff’s Department and Tellico Village Woodworkers Club’s “Toys-for-Tots” program. The program helps put toys under Christmas trees for many disadvantaged children in our local communities.

In 2017, the Woodworkers Club had 14 teams and 70 individuals build over 500 wooden toys and collected an additional 600+ new toys generously donated by Tellico Village residents.

The Woodworkers Club and Loudon County Sheriff’s Office is asking Villagers and County residents to help the children of Loudon County by donating new, store-bought toys.

Drop-off boxes are available at:

  • Tellico Village Wellness Center Library
  • Chota Recreation Center Welcome Center
  • Mashburn Builders Office by Sloans

Pre-addressed envelopes are available at each drop-off location for residents who would like to help older children by mailing a check directly to the Loudon County’s Sheriff’s Office. Cash donations to “Toys-for-Tots” help the Sheriff’s office meet special gift needs, particularly for older children. Our residents came through generously last year with donations of over $2,000.

Toy distribution is managed by the Loudon County Sheriff’s office, led by Sheriff Tim Guider. Debbie Hines, his assistant, is the Toys-for-Tots Program Coordinator.

Since the programs’ inception, club members have delivered to the County Sheriff’s Office over 10,000 toys. These toys have ranged from wooden trucks, cars and airplanes, to elaborate jewelry boxes, wooden puzzles, doll cribs, music boxes, children’s furniture, and circus trains, toddler pull toys, rocking horses, artist boxes, easels and many more hand crafted wooden toys.

Woodworker Club members have transformed their basements and garages into Santa workshops, creating wooden toys to make this a special Christmas for disadvantaged children in our area. Please help by donating a new, store-bought toy, or making a cash donation.

Presentation of all the wooden and donated toys to the Sheriff’s Office will be made Thursday, December 6th at 7:00 PM at the Tellico Village Community Church. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come and see the wide variety of toys that the Tellico Village Woodworkers have made. Toys will be on display starting at 5:00 PM.

Source: Tell-e-gram

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WATeR, Watershed Association of the Tellico Reservior

WATeR needs your support!

Thank you, Tellico Villagers, for your support of the Watershed Association of the Tellico Reservoir (WATeR). Your donations of time and funds have been instrumental in the success of the Association for the past 15 years. As the Tellico Reservoir watershed transitions from an agricultural to a more residential region, the effort needed to maintain the water quality, outdoor recreational opportunities, and the natural beauty we enjoy is increasing. WATeR needs volunteers to continue its work to monitor, protect, and improve the environment in and around the Tellico Reservoir.

Their programs include: lakeshore cleanup; maintenance/improvement of the East Lakeshore National Recreation Trail; water quality improvement in Tellico Reservoir and its watershed; education; publicity; and communication with local and governmental organizations. New people and ideas are welcome in all programs, to resolve challenges that will arise as uses of the Tellico Reservoir and its watershed increase in the future. Volunteers are sought for the WATeR Board, its committees, and its outdoor activities:

WATeR Board Members

Board Members establish policy, approve projects and budgets, provide scal oversight, assist with grant applications, and communicate via meetings, mailings, and print and electronic media to members and local/ state organizations for WATeR. The Board meets monthly.

WATeR Committee Members

WATeR has committees for water quality, lakeshore/watershed cleanup, trails, education, publicity, and membership. Volunteers are needed for all WATeR committees, and for assistance with an annual meeting, a website, and other tasks where a specialist is needed. Water quality sampling, watershed cleanup, and trail maintenance/improvement are outdoor activities.

Adopt-A-Site

There is currently a critical need for Adopt-A-Site volunteers. The Adopt-A-Site program volunteers maintain nine speci c sites that need attention more than once a year on the annual cleanup. Some sites are on the East Lakeshore Trail and others are along the Tellico Reservoir.

For more information about these opportunities, please visit our website, www.tellicowater.org and select the “How to Help” or “About Us” tabs. To our members, thank you for your past support. We look forward to your continued contributions to improving the Tellico Reservoir watershed.

Source: Tell-e-Gram. Download here.

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VOLunteer Community

Being a resident at Tellico Village has a wide variety of perks. One perk is being close to the University of Tennessee, home of the VOL nation. Yes, VOL does stand for a season where everyone bleeds orange and finds community at tailgates and football games BUT Vol also stands for volunteer. Something our community here at Tellico Village also holds dear.

Retirement calls for many lifestyle changes and new hobbies, but what is better than a hobby that serves a larger purpose? Our community has a number of volunteer opportunities that will allow you the opportunity to do just that!

STAY: The Tellico Village community has well over 5,000 residents with many in their later years. With this, an emphasis for a neighborhood need has risen and the community has answered: STAY presents “age in place.” Through this program, neighbors help fellow neighbors stay in their homes as they age. Programs include: grocery shopping, ride sharing, home maintenance and information / educational opportunities.

COPs, Citizen’s Observer Patrol: This group assists law enforcement by acting as an extra set of “eyes and ears” for Village patrol. They report suspicious behavior, potential crimes or hazards, and have even been known to do home checks for Village residents who have been away from their home for extensive periods.

 TVVFD, Tellico Village Volunteer Fire Department: Under contract to Tellico Village Property Owners Association, the volunteer fire department is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. They provide emergency medical and fire rescue service to those within Tellico Village. Made up of over 30 village volunteers, these dedicated individuals are on call 24 hours / 7 days a week.

Litter Angels: A dedicated group of volunteers who commit to keeping the Tellico Parkway free of litter and debris. Keeping watch over the entire 11-mile highway, this program has been essential in Tellico Parkway being recognized as one of the cleanest highways in the county.

WATeR, Watershed Association of the Tellico Reservoir: A nonprofit and non-partisan group that supports projects and policies that work to improve the environment in and around the Tellico Reservoir. These volunteers work to spread environmental education and friendly practices through public education and demonstrations.

Other organizations for volunteering include, but are not limited to: Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, United Way, and T-BART: Tellico Boaters Assistance Response Team. Voted one of the best places to retire in Tennessee, Tellico Village is more than houses in the same neighborhood, it is a community. A true VOLunteer nation.

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