by Karen Karpinski, Director of Education
As we close out 2014 and enter the new year I'd like to thank you for your passion and dedication to the mission of End Slavery Tennessee and ask that you continue that same level of dedication. With your assistance we were able to train many youth about the lures of trafficking and train professionals who encounter victims in their work. You gave generously when we asked for the needs of survivors; you collected gift cards; provided birthday celebrations and baby showers and generously contributed for a wonderful Christmas for every survivor. You rode, walked or helped with the Ride for Refuge and solicited many sponsors; you mentored or taught GED classes. You drove survivors to appointments, stuffed envelopes, wrapped presents, took down shelves and carted away things, painted and decorated to make our offices warm and welcoming. You made sure every new referral had a welcome kit and food kit to meet their immediate needs. You are truly awesome and it has been such a pleasure to work with you.
In this new year ESTN will be hiring a new Volunteer Manager so that I can concentrate on the advanced education so dearly needed. I know that I can count on you to be the great volunteers we have come to depend on, but I have one request as I move on. Please begin (or continue) to log onto our website and record your hours in the Volgistics Volunteer Program. Laura and I will be re-sending passwords to all of you who have not yet logged on. This is very important to us. Each hour that you record for volunteering is equivalent to $22.14. When we apply for grants we are able to show how you, our volunteers contribute to our bottom line. Be as proud of what you do as we are of you. Log your hours! Thank-you.