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.
As we all know, the Covid-19 outbreak has reshaped almost every aspect of our lives. Between shut-downs and mask mandates, the world is essentially readjusting and adapting in an effort to keep everyone safe. Because of these drastic changes, Covid-19 relief is the perfect focus for TASC’s 2020-2021 Project Impact.
Because of the expansive reach and interpretation of this topic, each council can come up with a plethora of projects throughout the year that can contribute to solutions to issues caused by the coronavirus within their schools and communities. Each council has a unique situation, and they can each identify the actions they must take in order to make the greatest impact with their project.
A few possible projects councils could facilitate include mask/clothing/food drives, work to benefit essential workers (cards, gifts, etc.), working around school to keep the student body morale up/helping adjust to new procedures, work to assist those at higher risk through acts of service (administration allowing), and fundraisers for local businesses/encourage students to shop local.
There are so many more possibilities depending on the needs of each community, but we are all facing the repercussions of this pandemic. Councils can work to help these adjustments and changes seem less drastic through their service and help their communities create a newer, more secure “normal” to keep everyone safe and protected.