For the past few years, TASC has partnered with specific non profit organizations for our state service project. Our volunteer spirit has led us to give so much to those in need. This year, we would like to amplify that same spirit and give back to something close to each of our hearts: Tennessee. We are shifting our focus back to our state to help those who are closest to us, while also broadening options for each council to be involved. Title Project Impact, our new state service project will focus on a cause, in place of an organization. This cause could possibly shift each year, helping to maintain TASC's presence in vital conversations across the state, while also encouraging council engagement within each of their communities. THe continuous goal of Project Impact is to better climate through school and community relations across the state of Tennessee.
For the 2019-2020 school year, Project Impact will focus on homelessness and displacement. According to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, nearly 3,000 people are affected by homelessness in Tennessee, with 1,000 of them being unaccompanied students, struggling to survive on their own.
Councils will have the autonomy to address these difficult topics in whichever way they might choose. A few ideas might be to volunteer at a homeless shelter for food bank, to host fundraisers or supply drives to donate to local shelters, or to even partner up with local groups fighting homelessness.
TASC encourages continued efforts toward work partnered with St. Jude, while also working to incorporate new projects for Project Impact. If your council host a project specific to St. Jude, TASC will continue to honor it for any awards or recognitions at state convention this year.
Noah Harris, Vice President