Carson-Newman news office
JEFFERSON CITY — In an outpouring of love for the community, 570 student volunteers from Carson-Newman University fanned across four counties during the university’s annual Operation Inasmuch day of service.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, student volunteers canvassed more than 35 service sites in Jefferson, Hamblen, Grainger and Knox counties. Projects included preparing a community garden, pulling trash from creeks, cleaning schools and libraries, sorting donations and much more.
“Operation Inasmuch is a tradition that Carson-Newman greatly values,” said Marilee Betz, director of student activities. “This is our opportunity as a campus community to go and be the hands and feet of Christ within the community outside of our campus. Students, faculty and staff served in a variety of ways to carry on this 13-year tradition.
“We hope to empower our students through this service opportunity to see the needs in their own backyard and make the practice of Operation Inasmuch a way of living,” Betz added.
In 2006, Carson-Newman was the first college or university to implement Operation Inasmuch. Founded by former Tennessee Baptist pastor David Crocker, OI has since been adopted by organizations across the country.
The program’s name stems from Matthew 25:40, where Jesus says: “Inasmuch as you serve the least of these, you serve me.” B&R