Community Involvement

Sunset Bay residents participate in various community activities ranging from volunteer opportunities, charitable donation opportunities and scholarships for Union County High School seniors. Below are some of the various opportunities available to us as residents. If you have an additional opportunity you would like to share, please contact us.

Charitable Donations

Last updated 2/10/2023
  • Party Planners usually collect Halloween candy for Sharps Chapel Elementary Trunk or Treat, held each year at Halloween.  Donated wrapped candy can be dropped off at the clubhouse to donate to this event. Check the Sunset Bay Calendar for details on this event.
  • SHARPS CHAPEL GIVING TREE:  Each November, needy families are identified by Sharps Chapel Elementary School staff.  The Sunset Bay Party Planners start the Christmas "adoption" process to provide the families with Christmas gifts and gift certificates from Food City for groceries and gas.  Gift tags are created and are placed on the clubhouse Christmas tree.  Sunset Bay property owners quickly pull the tags from the tree and return with gifts to fill the wish list from each family.
  • Union County Food Pantry - Volunteers are always welcome.  To volunteer call Kitty Lewis at 865-992-4335.  To donate send checks to Food Pantry c/o Tracy Maples, 926 Beard Valley Rd, Maynardville, TN 37807.  Donations are tax deductible. 
  • Union County Humane Society collects 13 and 39 gallon garbage bags, paper towels, bleach/detergent, Dawn 
  • Martha Warwick, Union County Public Schools has a program where she collects items for students/families in need. She collects clothes, shoes, home goods, etc. She is in need of household items, bedding and mattresses. Said she has several students sleeping on floors.  I spoke to Martha and she said if I would  collect the household items and bedding here, she would come get it- and if someone has a mattress she would arrange to get it.  If you have a mattress/bed and would like to donate it, please contact the office and I will put you in touch with Martha. Office Administrator, Sunset Bay Owners Association, 865-278-3806.
  • Sharps Chapel Elementary School appreciates it when we link our Food City and Ingles shopping cards to their school. Our contact person at Sharps Chapel Elementary is Martha Keller; contact her if you have any questions 865-278-3294.
  • Samaritan's Purse: Operation Christmas Child; for more information call 865-278-3806.

Norris Lake Cleanups

2024 Norris Lake Project Lake Cleanup Information -  Please save September 21, 2024, as a Lake Cleanup Day on your calendar.  Check out the link for information and where/how to register.


The Scholarship Committee prepares documents, reviews applications, interviews applicants, and recommends awardees to the Board of Directors.
Scholarship applicants will be given a copy of the guidelines and they will complete the Sunset Bay Scholarship Application and Teacher Recommendation forms. 
Previous Sunset Bay scholarship winners:

Volunteer Opportunities (updated 4/10/2024)

FCE is a nationwide organization. The Union County clubs, organized under the direction of the University of Tennessee, are dedicated to the purpose of helping people become better homemakers and community members.  Home economics activities are carried out through monthly FCE meetings, special interest activities, workshops, mass media, and individual contacts.  All clubs, activities and events are open to everyone regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. For more information, call the UT Extension Office in Maynardville, TN at 865-992-8038.
  • Keep Union County Beautiful    
  • Nursing Home - Maynardville
    The Norris Lake Project Team is a 501c3 Charitable Organization organized to preserve the natural beauty and conserve the natural resources of the Norris Lake Watershed area for the benefit of the residents and visitors to the area while assisting the local governments combat the deterioration of natural resources in the surrounding communities.  Norris Lake is spread across 34,000 surface acres and surrounded by over 800 miles of shoreline nestled in the mountains of East Tennessee making it the perfect year round vacation destination. It is described as the cleanest lake in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s system but if you look closer, you will see some misplaced garbage.  That is why the Norris Lake Project team has been conducting bi-annual Norris Lake Cleanups in all five counties that contain Norris Lake since 2009.  

  • Sharps Chapel Elementary School   
  • Sharps Chapel Volunteer Fire Department

    Station 51 is located at 1520 Sharps Chapel Road in Sharps Chapel, Tennessee. Anyone interested in joining as a firefighter, junior firefighter or auxiliary member may contact the station at 865-278-3231 or come by a regular meeting that is held the first Monday of each month at 7 P.M.
    The Sharps Chapel Volunteer Fire Department currently has medically trained personnel on staff to assist Union County EMS with a First Responder Program. 
  • The Food Pantry of Union County, Tennessee (formerly named and still referred to as “The Union County Food Pantry”):  updated 4/10/2024 
The Food Pantry of Union County, Tennessee, serves between 150 and 200 families every other week. Most of the food is purchased at Second Harvest of East TN, with donations coming mostly from Food City in Maynardville. If you would be interested in donating, volunteering, or have any questions about what is done, please contact Kitty Lewis at 865-992-4335.
Volunteers unload the delivery truck and prepare 150-200 bags every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month between 9:00am and 1:00pm, and the food is distributed between 1:00pm and 5:00pm. 
The Food Pantry is located behind the Cedar Grove Community Center at 553 Fall Creek Rd., Maynardville (at the corner of Hickory Valley Rd. and Fall Creek Rd.). Any donations can be mailed to Food Pantry of Union County, TN, c/o Tracy Maples, 926 Beard Valley Rd., Maynardville, TN 37807.
On the second Saturday of each month, the Upper Room Ministries in New Tazewell, Tennessee, provides 200 boxes of food to Tennessee families in need.  The food is provided by resources from the Second Harvest of East Tennessee and Upper Room Ministries.  On the Wednesday before, the boxes of food are prepared.   The links provided will tell you how you can donate and contains the 2024 dates to volunteer.