Amachi Knoxville, and initiative of Knoxville Leadership Foundation, is consistently looking for positive, adult mentors to walk alongside our youth in and around Knoxville. Our program serves at-risk youth with a specific emphasis on youth who have been impacted by incarceration of a caregiver. We offer both 1:1 community-based and group site-based mentoring. This opportunity is a chance to build a relationship, and have fun with a child through mentorship. If you are interested in learning more please contact Kathryn Compeau at email@example.com or call 865-888-6835.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee
Local kids need YOU! Volunteers mentor their Littles through one-on-one meetings at schools, many of which are close to campus. Bigs and Littles play games, read, eat lunch, and more. Most of all, Bigs provide a consistent, positive relationship for their Littles to look forward to each week. The time commitment is one hour per week, and volunteers are asked to commit at least one calendar year. Contact Stacy Bevil for more information at SBevil@TennesseeBig.org or visit TennesseeBig.org.
Looking for another opportunity? BBBS-ETN needs both individuals and groups to volunteer for short-term initiatives and one-time events. For more details, email Development@tennesseebig.org or visit TennesseeBig.org/get-involved.
Friends of Literacy
Friends of Literacy provides basic education services for adults in and around Knox County. Volunteers are needed on a weekly basis. Volunteers work one on one with adults, tutoring them in math, language arts, beginning reading, and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). Volunteer are asked to commit to working with someone weekly for six months to a year, depending on the program. Questions? Email Kristin Yarnell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 865-549-7007. An orientation may be required. To register for an orientation, visit http://friendsofliteracy.org/.
Leaders For Readers
Great Schools Partnership’s Leaders for Readers program matches students with trained volunteers to provide positive one-on-one reading experiences, that build literacy skills, to increase the number of third-graders reading on grade level in Knox County Schools. No prior experience is necessary! As a volunteer, you can have a direct and significant impact on a child’s life. If you are able to make a one hour per week commitment to help students read, we encourage you join at https://www.greatschoolspartnership.com/leaders-for-readers/.
Mobile Meals delivers to over 950 home-bound seniors daily Monday – Friday. Volunteers deliver a hot lunchtime meal that, along with the safety check, helps to keep folks safe and healthy longer in their own homes. On average there are 100 volunteers delivering meals each day… a statistic that speaks volumes for the Mobile Meals program. Volunteers are always needed to help with this much needed service. On the first day delivery date volunteers meet for a brief orientation before leaving for the route delivery. They will review the route sheet, directions, meal being delivered, general procedures, and answer any questions. Most routes take about two hours to complete and routes can be picked up between 9:45 – 11 am. Interested? Email MobileMealsVols@knoxseniors.org or visit www.knoxseniors.org.
Do you enjoy working with elementary-aged students? Do you have a passion for teaching and empowering youth? If so, the N.E.A.T. Program is a great fit for you! N.E.A.T. stands for Nutrition Education Activity Training. This after school program takes place at many locations throughout the Knoxville area and focuses on teaching Kindergarten through fifth graders about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. The time commitment required is 1 hour of teaching per week for 12 weeks. There will be an in-person orientation at the beginning of the semester. If you are interested in becoming a N.E.A.T. educator, please contact Megan Rodgers at Megan.Rodgers@knoxcounty.org or 865-215-5297 as soon as possible. Want to learn more? Check out our YouTube video to see what other UT students have to say about their experience as a N.E.A.T. Educator- https://youtu.be/mAZya0n8OjE.
Victory Junction serves thousands of children with chronic and serious illnesses throughout the year and has family weekend camps in the spring and fall and weeklong camps in the summer. If you are looking to go into the medical field, special education or just love working with kids this may be the opportunity for you. During their family weekends, volunteers work in program areas or as a family pal insuring every member of the family has a wonderful experience, in the summer volunteers provide 24 hour care of campers and empower them to try things they never thought they could do in a medically sound environment. They are located in Randleman, NC. If you are interested in learning more visit https://victoryjunction.org/teamvj/ or email email@example.com.