Community Involvement

Pro2Serve strongly believes in supporting the local community and its charities. Ten percent of the corporation's earnings are set aside each year to be spent in the following year on community and charitable activities that the directors and corporate officers deem appropriate and beneficial to the community.–L. Barry Goss, PhD, CEO and Chairman

Community Involvement Highlights

Roane Imagination Library: Roane Imagination Library reached a milestone this year, helped by support from Pro2Serve and a generous community. Thanks to the organization, 2,188 children in Roane County received new books in November 2017, representing 92 percent of children eligible for the program and setting a new record for the county, according to M. Jill McMaster, Roane Imagination Library Coordinator. The Roane County program is considered one of the top Imagination Library programs in the state of Tennessee. For six years, Pro2Serve has provided gifts to support the organization through its Pro2Serve Challenge program, encouraging others to match the firm’s contributions. Pro2Serve also matches employees’ donations to Roane Imagination Library dollar-for-dollar, in partnership with the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation. Founded by Dolly Parton in 1995, the Imagination Library program provides books to children from birth to age five, regardless of family income.

Methodist Medical Center Foundation, UT-Battelle–Pro2Serve Hospitality House: The Methodist Medical Center Foundation Hospitality Houses offer a supportive and comfortable place to stay for patients undergoing prolonged tests or treatment and their families. MMC’s Hospitality Houses are a welcome solution. Guests pay nothing, thanks to generous donations of money and necessities such as food, toiletries, and household supplies by businesses, churches, individuals, and community groups. Patients and their families can stay in a warm, caring place that feels like home, without the financial stress. Volunteers help with cleaning, yard work, errands, and grocery shopping, and share friendly smiles and caring words at a difficult time. In 2016, Pro2Serve and UT Battelle contributed funds for the extensive renovation of another of Oak Ridge’s World War II-era E houses to provide a much-needed third Hospitality House. The UT Battelle–Pro2Serve House opened in late 2017. Pro2Serve is proud to support Methodist Medical Center and its ability to care for the community through this worthwhile effort.

United Way Campaign: Pro2Serve reached another major milestone for the 11th year in its companywide United Way campaign with contributions totaling over $53,000 and was once again the largest corporate contributor to the Roane County United Way. Pro2Serve participated in nine major fundraising campaigns spanning 20 counties across the country. The major campaigns took place at the headquarters in Oak Ridge, TN, and offices in Los Alamos, NM; Albuquerque, NM; Amarillo, TX; Grand Junction, CO; Aiken, SC; Portsmouth, OH; and Paducah, KY. Roane County residents as well as residents in several other states benefited from the 2018 campaign as Pro2Serve allowed employees to designate the county to which the funds were allocated. In addition, the company matching funds were allocated $2-for-$1 to the same counties employees designated on their pledge forms.

Willow Brook Elementary School Bear Tree Campaign: The 16th annual “Bear Tree” campaign for Willow Brook Elementary School was coordinated by Pro2Serve for which our employees provided Christmas presents to children who would otherwise not have received gifts. Over the last 16 years, Pro2Serve has provided a very special holiday to over 800 Willow Brook students. Willow Brook Elementary is a year-round school for kindergarten through fourth grade and special needs children in Oak Ridge.

UT Haslam College of Business, Consortium for Business Excellence in Nonprofits: The Consortium for Business Excellence in Nonprofits, a part of the UT Haslam College of Business, was established in 2011 with help from Pro2Serve, which has supported the Consortium with yearly gifts. A one-year certificate program is available through the Consortium, with the goals of giving social mission organization leaders the skills needed to succeed, and of crafting strategies to help them meet the challenges nonprofits face. Stephen L. Mangum, Dean of the Haslam College of Business and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair, said this year’s gift by Pro2Serve to the Consortium is among the important contributions by alumni and friends of the college that have driven its growth.

Foothills Land Conservancy: Since 1985 the Foothills Land Conservancy has worked to preserve and enhance open lands throughout the Southern Appalachian region. Pro2Serve has been a part of that effort, providing ongoing support as a major sponsor of the organization. Foothills Land Conservancy works with interested landowners to set up voluntary agreements in which the natural features of a property are to be permanently preserved. Among its efforts to support Foothills Land Conservancy, Pro2Serve has been a Silver Sponsor of the organization’s annual FLC Summer Celebration, held at Riverview Family Farm in Knox County. Foothills Land Conservancy used the proceeds from this year’s event to establish its new headquarters at the 300-acre Harris Farm in Blount County. FLC founding member Gail Harris donated the land, which includes a spring-fed pond, cave, former dairy farm, an old tobacco barn, and other features.

24 Organizations Supported Across the Country: Pro2Serve and our employees supported these organizations in 2017: American Cancer Society, Amyloidosis Foundation, Blount County (TN) Veterans Affairs, CASA of the Tennessee Heartland, Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Disabled Veterans of America, Discover Life in America, Emerald Youth Foundation, Emory Valley Center, Foothills Land Conservancy, HonorAir Knoxville, Mu Alpha Theta Tennessee State Math Convention, N2S Serves, Oak Ridge (TN) High School Boys Soccer, Ohio Valley National MS Society, Paducah (KY) Regional Science Bowl, Roane Imagination Library, Roane County Heritage Commission, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center, Tipitapa, Nicaragua Mission and Medical Trip, United Way, and Willow Brook School Bear Tree.

Your support over the years has allowed us to focus on enrolling children and not worrying about having the funds to pay for each additional enrollment.–M. Jill McMaster, Coordinator, Roane Imagination Library