Operation Backyard to Help Local Veteran


Media Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 21, 2015

For additional information contact:
David Ault, Vice President of Programs Adam Montgomery, Director
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Operation Backyard to Help Local Veteran

Knoxville, TN – Students from Maryville College will be working with Knoxville Leadership Foundation’s Operation Backyard program to replace the leaking roof of local veteran, Roy Smith. Smith, a Korean War veteran who served from 1958 to 1960, has lived in Knoxville for over 43 years.

Smith served in the Army’s Tank Division as part of the peace keeping mission that began after the Korean War Peace Treaty was signed. After his service in the Army, Smith returned home to marry his wife Juanita, and father 4 children with multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

“Operation Backyard is excited to partner with The Home Depot Foundation and volunteers from Maryville College; it’s not often that we get to give back to a member of our community who has given so much,” said Adam Montgomery, Housing Director at Knoxville Leadership Foundation. “By working and volunteering in the community you not only change the lives of those being served, but the lives of the volunteers are changed as well.”

Work to replace Smith’s roof began Tuesday, January 19 with removal of the old shingles and replacement of rotten lumber. Teams will continue to work through Thursday, January 22 to install a new asphalt shingle roof, and complete other needed repairs at Smith’s home.

Operation Backyard is funded through individual donations, City of Knoxville Community Development, Knox County Community Development, East Tennessee Foundation, Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati, The Home Depot Foundation, and volunteer fees.

Currently, over 225 families/individuals have requested help with their minor home repair needs.  The need in our community for the service of Operation Backyard continues to increase each year.  The community needs far outweigh the funding and volunteers available. If your company or organization would like to schedule and/or sponsor a service project contact us at 524.2774 or visit us online at http://www.klf.org.

For more information about Knoxville Leadership Foundation (KLF), Operation Backyard, or to visit a home where the volunteers will be working, contact David Ault at (865) 524-2774. 



Knoxville Leadership Foundation helps address unmet needs in the greater Knoxville area through collaboration, capacity-building and program creation. Our programs focus on mentoring youth & families, empowering the unemployed, strengthening other nonprofits and improving housing conditions for the poor.


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