Franklin Tennessee teen run foundation, Threads of Care was honored at the Franklin Tomorrow Exemplary Community Volunteer awards for their impact on the community. Zach Wolfson, Claire Elliott, and Mikayla Prince received the award on behalf of the countywide Threads of Care team and a $250 donation to the non-profit of their choice.
Threads of Care runs clothing drives at local high schools and raises money for homeless and impoverished teens throughout Williamson and Davidson County. Their non-profit partners include: The Oasis Center, Room in the Inn, Nashville Children and Family Services, and Soles4Souls.
During her introduction, Executive Director, Mindy Tate of Franklin Tomorrow shared how Franklin High School senior Zach Wolfson was compelled to launch Threads of Care after experiencing youth poverty during his travels across this country. After running coat drives in middle school, Zach knew he wanted to make a bigger impact, so he created Threads of Care to inspire other teens to get involved in their local communities and make a difference.
Threads of Care is only a year old and has already achieved so much. During the first year, Threads of Care collected and donated 6,380 articles of clothing, 587 pairs of shoes and raised over $2,500 dollars to purchase clean socks and underwear. The organization currently has 16 Ambassadors who lead student chapters in five Williamson County high schools: Franklin, Brentwood, Independence, Ravenwood, and Page High School with over 180 teen members countywide.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the Threads of Care team! They’ve worked so hard, and without each and every one of them, we would’ve never achieved so much. It’s exciting to have been recognized by the community, and the team and I are truly honored to have served it, and will continue to do so on an even larger scale this year!” said Zach.
Kicking off their second year, Zach and his team hope to spread the opportunity to other teen leaders in Middle Tennessee and beyond.
“We aim is to expand Threads of Care this year and exceed our first year results.” He also wants to make sure the program continues, “To have my passion live on, I’ve developed a succession plan that will enable future student leaders at Franklin High School to carry forward this meaningful work. “