On National Philanthropy Day, observed Nov. 3, the University of Tennessee, 

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Knoxville’s University Housing department was honored with the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award by the Great Smoky Mountain Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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The honor is introduced every year to an individual or gathering of youngsters matured 23 or more youthful whose intentional raising money endeavors have exhibited the soul of magnanimity and have set a model for others to follow.

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UT Housing’s resident assistants, led by Director of Residence Life Jerry Adams, have been raising money and building homes with Knoxville Habitat for Humanity for 25 years.

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The group has significantly influenced the giving horizon of Knoxville and the greater Smoky Mountain area through their inspiration and leadership.

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“It’s so comforting to know that the first house we build and fundraise for the year is already taken care of by this partnership,” said Trinity Edgar, director of donor and volunteer engagement for Knoxville Habitat for Humanity.

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“We have a deep appreciation for our strong partnership with the University Housing students.”

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In addition to the annual fundraising, the students of University Housing fill more than 120 volunteer jobs needed to construct the Habitat home.

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The students work alongside the Habitat partner family to raise the interior and exterior walls of the home, install the roof and siding, paint walls, and install cabinets and trim.

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