In true Volunteer fashion, we know many of you are looking for ways to serve during these unusual times. While many of our normal volunteering efforts have been paused, there are still ways that you can serve from afar. Continue to check back for more opportunities. Are you a community partner hoping to add an opportunity to this list? Visit this page to learn how.
Amachi Knoxville- Knoxville Leadership Foundation
Amachi Knoxville is looking for volunteers to write letters of encouragement to kids that are currently awaiting mentors (primarily young boys) through the Amachi mentoring program. Interested? Email Kathryn Compeau at email@example.com.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and disaster preparedness education, and blood donation services throughout the United States. The Red Cross is looking for Digital Advocates that serve in a variety of roles like monitoring online conversations for disaster-affected people who may need Red Cross help, sharing important disaster updates and resources through their personal social media accounts, and offering a compassionate voice to people who have been impacted. For more information, or to apply to become a digital advocate, visit the Red Cross website.
Amnesty International is a global movement of people who campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. Amnesty Decoders is a platform for volunteers around the world to use their computers or phones to help our researchers analyze tweets and other online material to detect hostility, threats, or degrading language towards vulnerable individuals. For more information or to register as a volunteer, please visit the Amnesty International Website.
Boy Scouts of America- Great Smoky Mountain Council
Boy Scouts of America- Great Smoky Mountain Council works with inner-city Knoxville areas called the Chehote CHAMPIONS District. They would like to focus on creating a coordinated marketing plan that could include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Mailchimp newsletter, and possibly more. Interested? Contact Anthony L. Ingram at Anthony.Ingram@scouting.org or 865-850-4405.
Knoxville Area Rescue Mission
KARM would love for you and your family to create index-card-sized homemade cards for staff to place on each of KARM’s bed pillows. Their goal is for Every Bed Every Day (EBED) to have a card placed on it. These EBED cards could include a picture you’ve drawn, words of encouragement, etc. During these uncertain times, KARM believe these cards will deeply bless their guests who don’t usually receive mail from family or friends. With more than 300 beds, you cannot make too many cards. Once completed, cards can be mailed to KARM: 418 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917, Attn: Jo-Ann Hansen..
Knox Makes Masks
Knox Makes Masks needs volunteers to help sew masks for healthcare workers and other essential personnel. You can find tutorials and tips and trick on their website: https://knoxmakesmasks.com/ or join their Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/297787601201238/.
Knox Education Foundation: Leaders for Readers
Leaders for Readers, a literacy program partnership between Knox County Schools and Knox Education Foundation, is searching for dedicated community volunteers for the upcoming school year. The program helps first, second, and third graders in 25 Knox County schools improve their reading skills by creating positive mentoring relationships around reading.
Volunteers are matched with up to three students who are on the cusp of reading at grade level. For one hour each week, students read to volunteers while volunteers encourage students and build their confidence. This is a wonderful opportunity for community members to enrich learning in their local schools and support the young readers of Knox County!
This program will be hosted online instead of in schools for the fall semester.
If you would like more information about the program, please visit https://www.greatschoolspartnership.com/be-a-volunteer/ or contact Meredith Hawk at firstname.lastname@example.org. To become a volunteer, register at https://www.greatschoolspartnership.com/lfrvolunteer/.
The Smithsonian Transcription Center seeks to engage the public in making their collections more accessible. This is done by utilizing digital volunteers to transcribe historic documents and collection records to facilitate research and excite the learning in everyone. Interested? More information about this opportunity and registering as a volunteer can be done through the Smithsonian website.
TRV Stewardship Council
TRV Stewardship Council is in need for assistance with website content for an online geotourism mapguide that represents the cultural, recreational, and historical assets of the Tennessee River Valley watershed. Both written and photo/ video content is needed for counties in northeastern and middle Tennessee. All work can be done virtually and content is reviewed for accuracy. This project launched in 2011 and seeks to serve rural communities in building community and economic sustainability.. The purpose of the mapguide is to inspire travelers to visit this region, but to also inspire communities to preserve and protect their own unique stories. Interested? Contact Julie Graham at email@example.com.
As pet adoptions slow down, Young-Williams had inevitably run out of room for animals. To limit overcrowding, Young-Williams needs people to foster pets through the shelter’s curbside foster program. Apply online at https://www.young-williams.org/get-involved/foster/ or https://www.young-williams.org/adopt-a-pet/.
The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers that assist researchers around the world by tagging photos, transcribing documents, and assisting with other tasks that advance the research process. For more information or to register as a volunteer, visit the Zooniverse website.
Looking for more ways to volunteer? Visit https://www.volunteeretn.org/!