"It takes a village."
Community Partners are local organizations that share our vision for a better South Cumberland Plateau, with efforts that promote humanity, compassion, economic development, and healthy citizens. We encourage you to visit and support these organizations.
Beecken Center | of the School of Theology at the University of the South
The Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South is a lively center of learning and ministry. Celebrating over forty years as the proud incubator and home of Education for Ministry (EfM), the Beecken Center is a place that values the Anglican intellectual tradition and takes seriously the spiritual potential of the faithful as contributors to world change.
In partnership with the seminary and the college, and in partnership with many other entities throughout the Church, The Beecken Center is a training destination for those who want to found and nurture ministries, vocational discernment, leadership development and continuing theological education.
* Beecken Center is also a Partner Program of DuBose
Community Action Committeee
Fighting Hunger. Bearing Hope.
Community Action Committee, better known as CAC, is an outreach program led out of Otey Parish, which is dedicated to combating poverty and hunger in rural appalachia. CAC focuses efforts in and around the Sewanee, TN community and works to alleviate the effects associated with poverty through the facilitation of different programs including a food bank, tutoring program, and monthly community meals.
Cumberland Teaching Gardens
The Cumberland Teaching Gardens is a network of school and community gardens as well the individuals and organizations that support them. People across the South Cumberland Plateau are excited about educational gardens and appreciate the awesome impact that they have on the health and happiness of our communities. Few people feel that they have all of what it takes to make these gardens happen independently. Because we all have different skills, knowledge, and resources to bring to the table, CTG strives to connect people and organizations (including schools, churches, businesses, and more) to share what they have to offer and make garden programs come to life and thrive. CTG's Americorps VISTA members are working to expand the network, organize gardening workshops, and support individual gardens
This network is sponsored by the University of the South Farm, the South Cumberland Community Fund, and AmeriCorps VISTA.
Discover Together seeks to promote resiliency in families through an integrated network of literacy and place-based educational programs. Through their family co-op (Camp Discover) and afterschool program, Discover Together aims to: increase awareness of the important role of social connections for adults and children, reinforce the universal truths of literature and the power of storytelling, respond to local ideas through programs and curriculum that are tailored to the community, involve children and families in programs that encourage home and community connections, and cultivate community-driven social innovation by providing a platform that assists helps educators and community leaders to best leverage their individual and collective resources and strengths.
Discover Together is a partnership between Scholastic, Sewanee: The University of the South, the Yale Child Study Center, and the community of Grundy County.
Folks at Home
Folks at Home in Sewanee coordinates services to empower individuals to live at home with dignity in the community they love.
"Villages are nonprofit, grassroots, membership organizations that are redefining aging by being a key resource to community members wishing to age in place. Villages are a social support network for their members that provide necessary services, (such as transportation, technology assistance, running errands to the pharmacy and grocery store), community engagement activities and other important resources crucial to aging interdependently." - The Village to Village Network; firstname.lastname@example.org
Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee
The Diocese of East Tennessee comprises 34 counties in East Tennessee and three counties in North Georgia, with the Cumberland Plateau as the western border. This area is approximately 14,350 square miles.
The Diocese of East Tennessee has 13 "Jubilee Centers", recognized for their outreach and ministry, and also encompasses programs such as the Appalachian Ministries Resource Team. With a focus on addressing poverty in Appalachia, the programs vision is "service to the people of East Tennessee". This team serves as a networking and information clearinghouse for the Appalachian region and provides opportunity for ministry by connecting individuals and congregations with existing community service groups.
Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee
The Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee includes over 16,000 baptized members in 45 cathedral, parish, mission and chaplaincy churches, as well as two mission stations and other affiliated ministries.
Episcopal outreach programs, both diocesan and national, are varied and wide-reaching. The Diocese of Tennessee supports the Dandridge Trust, Episcopal Applacahian Ministry, United Thank Offering, and Episcopal Relief & Development, in addition to other outreach programs, including Winterfest and Camp Gailor-Maxon, held at DuBose each year.
The Diocese of Tennessee provides strong and consistent spiritual and financial support to different arms of the Church in Middle Tennessee, many of which operate community outreach programs that impact the mountain on a local level.
* The Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee is also a Partner Program of DuBose
Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee
The Episcopal Church is a “we” - not an “it” - comprised of people from all walks of life, in all stages of life. We believe in Jesus Christ and we find that the nature of God is love.
The Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee is involved in numerous ministries that extend to and beyond the borders of West Tennessee. Efforts include strong collaborations with with local and regional partners to cultivate sustainable, responsible and innovative farming, clean waterways, and improved access to healthy and affordable fresh foods. The Diocese is also partnered with important outreach programs, including Nets for Life Inspiration Fund and Kaleidoscope Institute, and has established the West Tennessee Haiti Partnership to strengthen and support St. Vincent’s Center for Handicapped Children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Leadership Grundy is a program to identify, educate, and motivate leaders in order to improve the quality of life and enhance the future growth of Grundy County. The organization identifies community leaders and assists in their development and training, providing participants with a practical and educated understanding of the problems and opportunities in our community.
To better equip participants to take on their leadership roles, a comprehensive overview of the “workings” of local governmental offices and the judicial system is provided as part of the program. The program also extends multiple opportunities for participants to interact with large and small businesses and community organizations to facilitate an understanding of the economic forces that drive our rural needs and local economy.
Leadership Grundy aims to create opportunities for persons of demonstrated commitment to the community to meet and share their experiences and ideas. There is a concentrated effort to create a communications network among diverse leaders in business, government, and community. Participants are encouraged to take on leadership responsibility in their local communities, and in the larger Grundy County.
Mountain T.O.P. (Tennessee Outreach Project) is a Christian nonprofit, partnership ministry seeking to meet the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of the Cumberland Mountain people. Mountain T.O.P. believes in elevating local assets to address the challenges of persistent poverty. We see value in the people and this place and trust that building meaningful relationships will result in more sustainable change – an internal empowerment to make a difference.
For over 40 years, Mountain T.O.P. has thrived as a strategic community partner in Grundy County, TN located in the Appalachian region. Mountain T.O.P. focuses on activities such as reducing substandard housing, supporting lifelong learning and leadership, and promoting overall wellness. Through the direct services of home repair and summer day camps for local children, Mountain T.O.P. provides an opportunity for participants nationwide to work alongside local families, crossing cultural barriers to build community, finding sustainable solutions for essential needs, and ultimately reversing the effects of fatalism.
St. Andrew's-Sewanee School is a private, coeducational, Episcopal, day and boarding, college preparatory school. Located on a beautifully wooded and historic campus high atop the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee, St. Andrew's-Sewanee offers students in grades 6–12 an innovative curriculum presented by a creative and engaged faculty who are dedicated to cultivating well-rounded and thoughtful human beings.
The St. Andrew's-Sewanee School community cultivates creativity, celebrates individuality, and rejoices in the natural world. Students enjoy small classes, an award winning arts program, numerous sports and outdoor adventure opportunities, and access to the facilities and offerings of the nearby University of the South. Our graduates live to serve and love to succeed.
Thistle Farms, headquartered in Nashville TN, has a mission is to heal, empower, and employ women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. We do this by providing safe and supportive housing, the opportunity for economic independence, a national network of sister organizations, and a community of global partners.