University of Tennessee "Spirit of Volunteerism" Alive in East Tennessee

May 12, 2011
Lt. David Costellow | | (270) 881-6510

Chattanooga, TN - May 11, 2011- Tennessee has long been known as the "Volunteer State," a nickname earned during the War of 1812 because of the prominent role played by volunteer soldiers from Tennessee, especially during the Battle of New Orleans.  Now, almost two hundred years later, that same spirit of volunteerism is still alive in the hearts of its people.  Two weeks ago today, a series of tornados swept across East Tennessee leaving a path of destruction that changed the lives and landscapes of residents here in Southeast Tennessee forever.  In the wake of this epic disaster, volunteers from all over Tennessee and surrounding states have risen to the task of rebuilding this area again.  

The University of Tennessee Athletic Department recently held a donation drive for the hardest hit areas of East Tennessee and donated an entire tractor trailer of non-perishable supplies to the Salvation Army in Cleveland, TN.  Joel Rogers, of the Cleveland Salvation Army, expressed his appreciation by saying, “This donation from the University of Tennessee Athletic Department means hope for the 500 families who are currently without a home in Bradley County.”  Volunteer fans can be proud of the fact that in times of tragedy, the University of Tennessee is there to help all Volunteer fans recover from personal tragedy.

You can help in the relief effort as well.  Monetary donations are still needed to continue in these relief efforts.  Please donate on-line to or by calling 1-800-Sal-Army (1-800-725-2769) or by texting the word “give” to 80888 where a $10 donation will appear on your phone bill.  You may also visit for more information on getting involved with volunteer efforts in the Cleveland and Chattanooga area.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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