Volunteer Spotlight: Renee
Renee started volunteering for Keep Sevier Beautiful this year and has hit the ground running, organizing litter cleanups, clothing drives, and tree plantings, as well as supporting KSB events including Extreme Household Cleanup and Roads & Rivers Day. Renee works for Kodak Food City #609 as the Head Cashier and Eco Coordinator, focusing on green initiatives and volunteer opportunities. She has been married to her husband Jesse for eight wonderful years and loves camping, going to the beach, reading, and painting.
How did you become involved with Keep Sevier Beautiful (KSB) and why?
Food City appoints an Eco Coordinator at each store to make sure that Food City commits to helping the local community and environment. Food City has a lot of environmental initiatives, for example, new Food City stores include sky lights and auto dimmers for lights to cut down on our Eco Foot Print. During one of our Eco Coordinator meetings, one of our supervisors mentioned KSB as a resource for organizing volunteer projects, which I thought was a great idea! In January, I contacted KSB’s Program Coordinator, Sarah Anderson, through KSB’s Facebook page and we met at Food City to plan future projects. I want to thank her for all that she has done.
Since then, I have helped KSB with a number of projects. For example, on April 29th I teamed up with Girl Scout Troop 20063, KSB, and Jim at the City of Sevierville to do a tree planting at the Optimist Park here in Kodak. Because of their help and guidance, I was able to contact the correct people and make our eco projects possible.
Why do you think it’s important for people to volunteer and protect our environment?
I feel that everyone needs to do something for others without any incentives; something from the heart that means a lot to them. KSB helps people wanting to make a contribution to our community and protect our environment. More and more often in this technologically driven world, nature is taken for granted. People throw trash out of their car with no regard for the future of our world. Without volunteering efforts and programs to protect our environment, that trash would destroy all that makes this County beautiful.
What about Sevier County is most beautiful to you?
This area is gorgeous with historic sights and majestic mountains. It’s amazing to watch a storm roll over the mountains or look out on a clear winter’s day and see the snow capping the mountains. I love the fabulous changing of colors for spring and fall as well as the amazing fields of wild flowers and farm land that stretches as far as the eye can see. We must protect the incredible variety of beauty that we have here so that children and our visitors can enjoy it.
Thank you, Renee, for all that you do to support Keep Sevier Beautiful and protect our environment!