Experience Hometown Service Coalition

At Hometown Service Coalition, well being is at the forefront of what we’re working together towards. Our programs and activities are designed to be a catalyst that helps community members reach their goals and fulfill their potential. Learn more about the positive impact we have and join us in bringing about positive change.

THANK YOU For Helping make our First Annual Community Day a Success!!  

The Giving Challenge

For many years, Johnson County's local Community Center has operated an after school program for students age 10-18.  "Miss Flo" Bellamy and her staff provide a safe space for students to have a good snack, work on homework, have fun playing games, and hanging out with friends.  All of this is done with the primary purpose of students knowing that caring and qualified adults are available to help them. 

 

Adjacent to the Community Center is the city's Cunningham Park.  If you grew up in Johnson County from the 1970's on... you probably played baseball, climbed the jungle gym, went to the swimming pool, played basketball or tennis, or had a picnic under the ancient oak tree.  Unfortunately, time and lack of resources that have seen the park's amenities become obsolete and fail to provide a safe place to play tennis/basketball or enjoy the playground.  The playground equipment itself dates back to the 1980s!  The Swimming Pool, which has served as a much welcome spot for kids on a hot summer day, has fallen into disrepair and has leaking and electrical issues that have prevented it from being open for the last two years. Other activities such as water aerobics, swimming lessons, and pool parties have been shelved.  Citizens have to leave the county to find these amenities.

This is where Hometown Service Coalition comes in...   it is our goal to raise funds and secure resources for the MC/JC Community Center programming and operations and make improvements and upgrades at Cunningham Park that will make the area a welcoming destination for families in the community.  

Hometown Service Coalition launched a  "Giving Challenge" thanks to two extraordinary pledges of $2000 from the Watauga Watershed Association and $5000 from an anonymous donor,  restricted gifts were matched and go to the funding of the Community Center.   These fund helped ensure the operation of the afterschool program.   Until recently, the main funding source for this program has been the Tennessee LEAPS grant but that funding isn't available and the Community Center finds itself in a $50,000 annual deficit.   Our Challenge continues to seek funds for the afterschool program on an ongoing basis.  Your gift to the HSC will go to help continue the quality programming that our students have come to enjoy.

"Walk for the Park" is the newest initiative of Hometown Service Coalition.  Our focus over the next year will be raising funds to replace the playground equipment, resurface the basketball court, reconfigure the hazardous tennis court area into a multi-use area that will include new Pickleball courts, address safety concerns with walking path ingress and egress, and work with the city to develop a long range vision for the park area.  We have received a $10,000 grant from Mountain Electric Cooperative's Operation Pocket Change and have other grants that have been submitted and will be submitted.  Our recent Community Day and 5k Fun Walk was a success and the final tally for funds raised is coming soon.  The Community Day drew people from across the area and we had all ages participating in the Fun Walk and enjoying an incredible array of vendors, classic cars, Kid's Zone, and lawmakers from across the region.

By making a contribution to these efforts, your dollars will go directly to the the projects we've described.  As a 501(c)3 entity, our Board of Directors are made up of volunteers and our overhead is kept to a minimum so that our fundraising efforts directly impact our ability to provide short-term and long-term commitments.

We would love to have you join us as we build for the future!

To make your tax exempt donation, make your checks out to:

Hometown Service Coalition, PO Box 331, Mountain City, TN 37683

You may also drop your donation off at the Community Center and visit with Miss Flo and her staff.  Please remember to wear a mask!!

What We Do

Making A Difference

Furthering our cause is the most important goal of our organization. We seek to support, empower, and provide high quality resources to our community in a safe and secure environment. Our success isn’t measured in terms of wealth or profit margin, but by the value we provide to those we serve.

 
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Working with organizations in Johnson County to promote programs and activities that serve the youth, we will deliver impactful services that promote the Whole Child philosophy.   Informed by Trauma-based care models and working to ensure developmentally appropriate programming efforts, HSC will partner with other organizations to bring caring, focused  experiences to the lives of kids and their families.

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About

Here at Hometown Service Coalition, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making Johnson County a better place for all. We strive to build productive relationships and make a positive impact on our community.

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