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 9/2/2021
  • 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.
  • 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.
2020 Giving Tree Update:  It does the heart good to see the kindness and  generosity of our Sunset Bay community especially during these trying times.  This year it was decided to continue the Giving Tree and to add an additional family.  So, we are sponsoring the wishes of five families. I want to thank Doug McKay, Sandy, and Rebecca for setting up the Christmas tree for us to display the ornaments.  With the help of Janet Stout, Mary Caputo, Linda McMillen, Jen Rugg and Annie Grau we completed 54 ornaments for the Giving Tree.  All ornaments were retrieved in a matter of days!  We also collected enough cash to purchase $350 Food City gift cards for each family.  We are looking forward to things opening for 2021.  
  • Union County Food Pantry
  • Union County Humane Society collects 13 and 39 gallon garbage bags, paper towels, bleach/detergent, Dawn dish soap, and bleach for the Union County Humane Society. See Union County Humane link for drop off location.
  • Projects and Collections and 2021 Community Service Projects and Collections can be viewed here (updated 9/29/2020).
  • 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…. Jenny Boggs, Office Manager, 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; contact Jenny Boggs for more information 865-278-3806 


The Scholarship Committee prepares documents, reviews applications, interviews applicants, and recommends awardees to the Board of Directors.
Scholarship applicants will need to read the guidelines, complete and submit the following Sunset Bay forms:
Previous Sunset Bay scholarship winners:

Volunteer Opportunities

Did you know that Sharps Chapel has an FCE group?  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. When not having special trips/events, Sharps Chapel FCE meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month @ 1 p.m. at the Sharps Chapel Community Center on Sharps Chapel Road near the Sharps Chapel Elementary School.  Guests and new members are welcome! Contact: Carolyn Shields: 865-278-3890.
Donation can be mailed to The Pantry's bookkeeper at: Union County Food Pantry, c/o Tracy Maples, 926 Beard Valley Road, Maynardville, TN 37807. For information, please contact Kitty Lewis (865-992-4335).
Union County Food Pantry serves 300 people every other week. By participating in a buying program with Second Harvest, they have the opportunity to purchase food items at .19 cents a pound. While this is a major savings over local grocery stores, there are items that weigh too much to purchase regularly on the program budget. These items include flour, sugar and evaporated milk, things we all buy each time we shop.
The Union County Food Pantry also welcomes volunteers!  Food Distribution Days are the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month from 2-5 p.m.  Please contact Pat Blackburn at 865-278-3289 if you would be interested in volunteering or have any questions regarding their program.
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 Friday before, the boxes of food are prepared.   Please click here for information on how you can donate and/or 2021 dates to volunteer.