Editorial: Take the time to give of your time | Editorials
Among the many good words to follow is “be useful” or, as the Bible says in Luke, “Give, and it will be given to you.” If you are looking for opportunities to give back, look no further than the community in which you live.
Kingsport, for example, is always looking for volunteers to help make the city a better place to live and play by serving on various boards and commissions. We have enjoyed spending the time over the years and can attest to the feeling of satisfaction it will bring.
The city has over 20 boards and commissions that you can sit on.
They include: Bays Mountain Park Commission, Beverage Council, Zoning and Appeal Council, Cattails Golf Course Management, Construction Adjustment and Appeal Council, Demolition Committee negligently, the District Council for Emergency Communications / E-911, Employee Scholarship Program, Foreign Trade Zone Commission, Gateway Review Commission, Historic Zoning Commission and Kingsport Higher Education.
Also, Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Kingsport Public Library Commission, MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center Advisory Committee, Neighborhood Commission, Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, PETWORKS, Public Art Committee, Regional Planning Committee, Senior Center Advisory Council, Tree Advisory Board, and the Visitor Improvement Program Board.
You can volunteer for one of these groups at kingsporttn.gov/servekingsport by filling out a form where you indicate which groups interest you, and answer a few questions. This form will be used to create a database of residents interested in serving Kingsport.
You must be a city resident to participate. Completing the form does not guarantee an appointment. If you do not receive an immediate appointment, your name will remain on the list for future commission openings.
“Over the next six months, some of the boards have people who no longer want to serve,” said Adrienne Batara, the city’s public relations director. “We’re not desperate, but it’s nice to have a pool of volunteers available when we need them. “
Deborah Mullins is the Secretary of the Kingsport Ward Commission and a passionate volunteer. She is Vice-President of the Rotary Club of Kingsport, a member of the PETWORKS Advisory Board and has served on two vision boards for United Way of Greater Kingsport. Mullins Day Job works for the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office in a community relations and public information capacity.
If you are thinking about volunteering, Mullins encourages you to give it a try.
“Even if it’s only one evening a month, you can donate a few hours. It makes a big difference for organizations that need those few hours, ”said Mullins.
“For me, basically I’m trying to be helpful to others and be considerate of the needs of others, and one way to do that is to help my neighbors,” Mullins said. “I was brought up in love with our neighbors, and when I heard Kingsport was going to have a Neighborhood Commission, that struck me as perfectly fitting.”
It can also be for you.