United Way of Williamson County and Williamson County Schools prep students for TnAchieves

April 20, 2016


More than 100 Williamson County Students knocked out their TnAchieves scholarship community service requirements Tuesday during a new collaboration between Williamson County Schools and United Way of Williamson County (UWWC).

Each school year while juniors take their college entrance exams, Williamson County Schools seniors have the opportunity to job shadow or tour college campuses. This year, students also had the choice to volunteer in the community on that day – April 19.

“Last year, a lot of students had a hard time meeting the community service requirement for their TnAchieves scholarships,” said Debby Rainey, vice president of strategic initiatives and coordinator for Volunteer Day.

Rainey said she met with Dr. Charles Farmer, assistant superintendent of secondary schools for Williamson County Schools, to discuss the idea.

“Williamson County Schools were thrilled to partner with us to make sure kids had ample opportunities to fulfill their volunteer hours,” said Rainey. “We thought this would be a great way to help students meet that requirement while they complete much-needed tasks throughout the county.”

Students signed up to volunteer through UWWC’s volunteer center, which placed students with local nonprofit organizations that needed help. Students served in a variety of roles throughout the county, such as gardening at the Center for Living and Learning, which provides vocational rehabilitation for people with special needs.

“It’s really a win-win for everyone involved,” said Rainey.

The United Way of Williamson County Volunteer Center helps individuals and groups find volunteer opportunities that fit their skills and scheduling needs. To learn more or to find a volunteer opportunity, visit uwwc.org/volunteer or email drainey@uwwc.org.