One of the foundations of INTERSECT is taking time to build character through relationships and service to those less fortunate in the local Knoxville community. We express this through our Day of Service and invite all INTERSECT attendees to participate. This year, we have partnered with Knoxville’s Habitat for Humanity on Project Playhouse. Following our INTERSECT theme, we will build a playhouse “From the Ground Up” for a family in the Lonsdale community.

Project Playhouse will begin at 10 a.m. on October 10, Day 3 of INTERSECT. During the first half of Project Playhouse, participants have the option to assist with assembling the sides, door, windows, trim, and shingling the roof of the playhouse. During the second half, volunteers can paint and decorate the playhouse. At the conclusion of the build, the house will be presented to the family on the INTERSECT stage.

If you are interested in participating in Project Playhouse, here are a few things to remember:

  • Dress casual. You’re building a playhouse, no need for business attire here.
  • This project is an outdoor activity, and we all know the weather in Knoxville can vary during October. We suggest bringing a jacket just in case it gets cold.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes. A hammer to the toe would hurt!
  • Habitat for Humanity requires participants to wear safety glasses during construction. They will provide them for you.
  • All volunteers are required to sign a Release and Waiver of Liability before working on the playhouse. Sign the form at the tent before you begin volunteering.
  • We recommend a one hour block of time to volunteer, but it is not a requirement.

INTERSECT’s Day of Service is a reflection of the GRIDSMART way. Join us as we build a project for a deserving family “From the Ground Up”! To sign up, please send your reserved volunteer time to Summer Johnson at with “Project Playhouse” as the subject line. See you at INTERSECT!

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