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Monthly Service Challenge

Each month, a new mission will be posted as motivation for us all to roll up our sleeves and serve our communities. Be sure to keep the Office of the First Lady in the loop by posting on social media using #TennesseeServes for a chance to be recognized as a Service Spotlight. Grab your friends, family, classmates or colleagues and join us as Tennessee Serves!


Tennessee Serves and Supports with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

First lady Maria Lee is encouraging Tennesseans to join her in the October service challenge as Tennessee Serves and Supports Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 

Ways to serve:

  • Send a card or note to the individual. Ask if they'd like to become pen pals.
  • Write a note of encouragement to the caregiver/parent.
  • Provide a meal or healthy snack that could be delivered to a family's home. 
  • Send a fun video of encouragement to an individual/family.
  • See if organizations such as Best Buddies, Special Olympics or programs, such as Full Circle at the YMCA, have a list of needs or ways to send encouragement to their folks.
  • Have a socially distant drive-thru celebration where families with disabilities come to a church or another large parking site. Volunteers can decorate their parked cars with posters that include words of encouragement and cheer on the families as they drive through.
  • A community or church could host a movie night with pre-packaged snacks or a family get-together with simple yard games
  • Other organizations  with volunteer opportunities that support individuals with intellectual and developmental include: 

Remember to post on social media about how you participated in this month’s challenge using #TennesseeServes for a chance to be featured as one of our service spotlights!