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. Are you looking for in-person service opportunities? Visit our Sign Up to Serve Calendar.
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.
Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley
Girls Inc. of Tennessee Valley is offering tutoring and mentoring to the young girls they serve and are looking for volunteers to aid in these new virtual programs. They are looking for volunteers who are 18 or older and must also be background checked (volunteers will be asked to pay the $13 fee). This is a great opportunity for those looking to help a young girl on her path to greatness! Interested? Contact Octavia Lenoir at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Questions? Contact Jordan Foxwel at
email@example.com or 865-363-9329.
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://knoxed.org/about/volunteer-opportunities/ or contact Meredith Hawk at firstname.lastname@example.org. To become a volunteer, register at https://knoxed.org/about/volunteer-opportunities/leaders-for-readers-volunteer-sign-up/
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 has 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/
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.
Be My Eyes
Be My Eyes is a free mobile app with a goal to make the world more accessible for blind and low-vision people. The app connects blind and low-vision individuals with sighted volunteers from all over the world through a live video call. For more information, visit bemyeyes.com
Bookshare is an organization that creates PDFs of books in order to adapt the books to be understandable for folks with disabilities. Volunteers can either help scan books in, or review PDFs to ensure that there are no errors in the PDF so it can be sent along to be utilized. Sign up to volunteer at https://www.bookshare.org/cms/get-involved/volunteer/opportunities-us.
Carnamah Historical Society
This historical society gives volunteers the opportunity to transcribe diaries and letters to be entered into a library for accessibility to all. If you’re interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Distributed Proofreaders help in the tedious process of converting public domain books into accessible e-books for the globe. Primarily in conjunction with Project Gutenberg, volunteers help work through the litany of books needing conversion as well as check one another’s work to ensure the book is translated properly. Help make the world’s texts accessible to all by signing up today at https://www.pgdp.net/c/
The Doe Network
The International Center for Unidentified and Missing Persons uses volunteers to help sort through potential matches submitted to their website and research possible leads and evidence that may have slipped through the cracks. Apply to be a part of their volunteer team at http://www.doenetwork.org/volunteer.php
Empower Work provides a support network for professionals in the workplace who need a shoulder to lean on. Through confidential chats with volunteer peer counselors, professionals can seek advice for how to navigate difficult conversations in the workplace, the process of confidently asking for a raise, and even weighing the pros and cons of leaving a job. Become a peer counselor today by signing up at https://www.empowerwork.org/volunteer/#apply-form
FLOSS Manuals is a site that creates and edits open-source manuals on Free and Open Source Software in several different languages. If you have a passion and knowledge for accessible software, consider contributing at https://www.flossmanuals.org/get-involved-0
IMAlive is an online crisis intervention organization that connects trained volunteers with folks in need of a space of empathy, understanding, and grace. Volunteers listen and act in kindness, helping those in need to begin to construct coping mechanisms and get them in touch with folks needed to provide long-term help. IMAlive is looking for volunteers to complete their volunteer training program and start volunteering to help those in crisis. Those interested must complete the required training and commit to completing 200 hours of service within a year at IMAlive. Sign up for their training program here: https://www.imalive.org/volunteer-online/
Learn To Be
Learn To Be serves as an organization to bring in mentors to underserved communities everywhere and provide role models and supportive adults to K-12 students to increase their chances of graduation. Sign up to be a mentor: https://www.learntobe.org/apply
If you love reading books aloud, this service opportunity is for you! LibriVox volunteers record themselves reading public domain books into .mp3 files to ensure that the books are completely accessible to the world for free. If you’d like to lend your voice to their mission, sign up to volunteer at https://librivox.org/pages/volunteer-for-librivox/
Lifetime Connections Without Walls
This program is run by Family Eldercare and connects volunteers to older adults living alone at home in order to provide conversation, activities, and engagement- especially during the pandemic, which affects the elderly the most. Volunteers can serve from anywhere, just call in and you’ll be matched with a counterpart. Volunteers must complete a volunteer application at https://www.familyeldercare.org/volunteer/lifetime-connections-without-walls/ before serving.
Map Rectification Project
Helmed by the New York Public Library, this project connects historic maps to modern overlays and needs help combing through and connecting historical roads to their modern equivalents. Watch the introduction video at http://maps.nypl.org/warper/ and follow the directions to help rectify a map yourself!
MapSwipe is an app that utilizes volunteers to swipe through maps in order to find communities at risk from natural disasters. This data is provided to first responders to deliver aid quickly and efficiently. Download the app on the App Store or Google Play and get started swiping.
Missing Maps uses volunteers to map areas of the world that have insufficient documentation in order to increase the availability for humanitarian organizations to act quickly in times of emergency and provide sustained aid. Learn how to contribute at https://www.missingmaps.org/#contribute
National Sexual Assault Online Hotline
RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) operates this hotline and relies on trained volunteers to staff the hotline 24/7. Volunteers must complete a 20 hour training course and commit to volunteering at least 10 hours a month for 18 months, all training is provided for by RAINN. Sign up to begin the training process at https://rainn.org/volunteer.
The Nation Map Corps
This Corps of the Department of the Interior needs volunteers to aggregate the most up-to-date maps of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Help them at https://www.usgs.gov/core-science-systems/ngp/tnm-corps.
OpenMRS is an organization dedicated to building the best open source electronic medical records system worldwide. They have a variety of different volunteer opportunities, even for those who are not pursuing STEM fields. Reach out to volunteer at http://openmrs.org/about/contact/
This database is always looking for volunteers to help make their global map better- sign up today at https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=4/38.01/-95.84.
This non-profit has a need for letters written to deployed troops, first responders, and emergency medical personnel on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. More information about this non-profit and opporutnity can be found through the Operation Gratitude website.
Prepr is committed to making a difference globally in the field of education. They’re looking for volunteers who are interested in marketing, website development, and graphic design to help further their mission of making multi-national education enrichment accessible. Contact them here: https://prepr.org/get-involved/volunteer/
Smithsonian Digital Volunteers
The Smithsonian 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.
This organization helps provide refugees with an app staffed by volunteers who can translate and/or interpret languages between those seeking aid and those dispensing it. Volunteers who work with Tarijimly must be multilingual and fluent, and can sign up to translate/interpret at https://tarjimly.org/howitworks#translator.
Help translate TED Talks in order to help fulfill TED’s mission of spreading ideas and engaging with different cultures. If you’re fluent in a language other than English, consider applying to volunteer with TED Translate at https://www.ted.com/participate/translate.
Translators Without Borders
If you have another language skill, Translators Without Borders recruits volunteers to help translate critical documents. These documents include medical information and crisis response documents. To find more information and apply to help, go to https://translatorswithoutborders.org/volunteer/.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project provides a crisis hotline for LGBTQ+ youth that provides aid and support through chat, text, and call. Sign up to take a training course and become a certified crisis counselor at https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-involved/volunteer/.
VocaliD’s Human Voicebank invites volunteers to share their voice in order to give a human voice to folks utilizing text-to-speech communication. Volunteers register and are asked to record themselves speaking particular phrases in order to achieve a bank of phonetic sounds that can be adapted to any situation. Get started at https://vocalid.ai/voicebank/.
World Family Children Foundation
This non-profit organization is looking for volunteers who are in high school or college to teach students of all grade levels. Despite school closures across the country due to COVID-19, a lot of kids still need to keep up with their school work online. Their young mentors program offers tutoring services to low-income families. Volunteers can tutor the students through online social platforms, like Zoom, Skype and Facebook Messenger. To register as a volunteer, apply online here.
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.
Catchafire is a volunteer search engine that volunteers can use to find opportunities based on cause area, skill set, and time commitment. Skills-based volunteer opportunities ranging in commitment can be found. Find more information at catchafire.org.
Points of Light
Points of Light is a database connecting folks to social justice based volunteer opportunities wherever you may be, virtual or in-person. Find more information at https://www.pointsoflight.org/
Looking for more ways to volunteer? Visit https://www.volunteeretn.org/!