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The Amateur Project

Grow Hope Farm

The class of 2017 traveled down Lookout Mountain on August 27, 2013, to serve in the Chattanooga community. Known as the Amateur Project, the service day provides an opportunity for new students to explore the surrounding area while serving with local organizations and ministries.


Twenty-two orientation teams made their way to more than a dozen organizations, including Hope for the Inner City, the Bethlehem Center, Hospice of Chattanooga, the Chattanooga Food Bank, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and many more.

Joseph Ricketts ’17, a freshman biology major, enjoyed working with his orientation team at Hope for the Inner City’s Grow Hope Farm.

Amateur Project
“The Grow Hope Farm is a really cool and creative way to bring food resources into a community living in a food desert,” said Ricketts. “They help provide for people as well as involve them in the process of working on the urban farm.”

An orientation team of art majors found themselves at the Bethlehem Center, which exists to empower inner-city youths and families. The orientation team helped clean classrooms and the gym.

“I loved working at the Bethlehem Center for my team's amateur project,” said freshman Abby Whisler ’17. “It was an awesome way to become more involved in the Chattanooga community! I would love to go back and help out!”

The Amateur Project connected our 325 new students to ministries, organizations, and people in Chattanooga, cultivating a service-oriented focus for the incoming class.