published Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Phillips: Year-end gifts could go to local charities

by Ellen Phillips

As we continue from last week’s column, please don’t forget those local charities, as well as the ones noted today. They each need your time and money.

• Children’s Advocacy Center of Hamilton County ( serves children who are alleged victims of sexual and severe physical abuse. Through prevention, education and intervention, the group offers direct services free of charge that include forensic interviews, medical exams, counseling and family advocacy. Volunteers are welcome and/or donate online or by calling 423-266-6918.

• Children’s Home/Chambliss Center ( provides a safe haven for children who, for whatever reason, can’t stay in their own homes. Moreover, this organization recruits and trains foster families so that these children may live in a home environment if they cannot be reconciled with the biological family. Chambliss needs volunteers and donations so either check its website or call 423-698-2456.

• Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee ( encourages those with this disease to meet monthly to discuss a variety of topics pertinent to epilepsy. Most importantly, the foundation leads the fight to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome challenges created by the disease. To volunteer or contribute or to find out more info on meetings, either check the website or call 423-634-1772.

• Hope Unlimited Ministries ( helps single-parent families by ministering, equipping and sharing Christian lifestyles. Among others, services include counseling, workshops, mentoring, and retreats, at no cost. Go online or call 423-635-3307.

• Kids On the Block ( was created to help integrate children with special needs into school classrooms. The program uses child size puppets to carry out its mission. As the puppets come to life in their minds, children identify with and open up to the characters as if they are trusted friends. The group’s hope is to prevent problems before they happen — to empower children, teaching them the skills to stay safe and healthy. Volunteer or donate via online or by calling 423-757-5259.

• Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga ( provides a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill or injured children. Also, it supports programs that improve the health, education, and well-being of these youngsters in general. Ronald McDonald House Charities also offers 40 $1,000 scholarships annually to area high school seniors. Call 423-635-3307 or go online to contribute or to volunteer.

• T.C. Thompson’s Children’s Hospital ( provides specialized care and equipment for children. The programs and departments at Children’s include emergency, trauma and intensive care services, as well as cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, pulmonology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, surgery and outpatient surgery, pediatric laboratory, medical genetics, comprehensive cancer and blood disorders, psychology, neurology, radiology, adolescent/young adult medicine, therapy services (audiology, physical and occupational and speech therapy), and the Tennessee Craniofacial Center and Child Life. Phone 423-778-6011; check online for giving or volunteering.

about Ellen Phillips...

Ellen Phillips is a retired English teacher who has written two consumer-oriented books. Her Consumer Watch column appears on Saturdays in the Business section of the paper. An expanded version is at under Local Business.

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