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COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities

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- Virtual Recruitment Event

Knoxville Leadership Foundation- Amachi mentoring knows that many children they serve will have an increased need for interpersonal relationships when the health scare is over. They are looking for anyone interest in being a mentor for a child ages 4-17. They ask that mentors commit to 4-6 hours a month for a minimum of a year in order to develop a positive and supportive mentoring relationship with a youth in the Knoxville area. Interested in learning more? They are hosting a virtual recruitment event on May 27th at 12:00pm. Join the Zoom meeting via this link or visit their website at

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 Decoder

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 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..

Knoxville Leadership Foundation- Amachi

KLF needs help writing letters to kids who are currently on the waitlist to receive a 1:1 community based mentor. Due to COVID-19 they are unable to match some of the waiting kids with mentors at this time. KLS would like for kids waiting to receive a mentor to recieve a letter of encouragement from someone as they process this confusing time. LKS will provdide a template letter if you are unsure of what to write! Interested? Contact Kathryn Compeau at

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: or join their Facebook group:

Smithsonian Transcriber

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


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 or

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Zooniverse Researcher

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.