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Reoccurring Volunteer Opportunities

Avalon Hospice

Avalon Hospice has multiple opportunities for a wide range of interests and schedules. They have in office administrative tasks, respite/companionship care, intern/job shadowing, marketing tasks, as well as in-home activities that will be given to  patients such as baking. Their agency is always looking for volunteers no matter their personal interest and try to match an opportunity with your interest. Interested? Email or call Kathryn Bearden at  865-280-1966 or Kathryn.Bearden@avalon-hospice.com.

Amachi Knoxville

Amachi Knoxville, an initiative of Knoxville Leadership Foundation, is constantly looking for positive, adult mentors to walk alongside our mentees in and around Knoxville. Our program serves youth ages 4-17 with a specific emphasis on youth who have been impacted by the incarceration of a caregiver. We offer both 1:1 community-based and group site-based mentoring.  Our program offers an opportunity to build a friendship and have fun with a child through mentorship. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Brooke Allen at ballen@klf.org.

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.

CAC- Office on Aging

Office on Aging is in constant need of volunteers that can support senior clients with transportation of larger household items. Ideally, these volunteers would not mind doing a bit of manual labor and have a truck. They often will have items donated (for example a washer, dryer, or stove) and have no means of getting the item to the client. The seniors they work with often have no living relatives in the area and are often on their own. This position is as needed and can be schedule based on when the volunteer is available (for instance weekends). Interested? Email Samantha Reddick at rsvp@knoxseniors.org.

Emerald Youth Foundation Calling and Career Center East/South

Emerald’s Calling and Career East/South Center is offering the amazing opportunity for volunteers to help high school students excel in their academic success for the upcoming school year. They are an after school program that operates Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 4:00PM-7:00PM, but volunteers have flexibility. Some of the opportunities they offer volunteers are Tutoring, Homework Assistance, Day to Day Opportunities (Welcoming students, asking entry questions, assisting with groups to class rooms), and Small Group Facilitation which involves helping students with post-secondary opportunities and college readiness. Interested? Contact Orlanda Wells at owells@emeraldyouth.org or 865-585-2330.

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 kristin@friendsofliteracy.org or call at 865-549-7007.  An orientation may be required. To register for an orientation, visit http://friendsofliteracy.org/.

Knoxville Museum of Art

The Knoxville Museum of Art is looking for committed volunteers to be the face of the KMA! Do you like art? Do you enjoy talking to people? Will you be around during school breaks? Then, you should apply to be a KMA front desk volunteer! The KMA is seeking reliable and enthusiastic volunteers to help spread a love of art throughout the community during the week, but primarily on Saturday or Sunday. Volunteers check-in guests & answer the main phone line on the 2nd floor. Morning and afternoon weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly shifts are available, plus miscellaneous shifts as well. For more information about the KMA volunteer program please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Chelsea Lloyd, at clloyd@knoxart.org or view the museums website www.knoxart.org. An application and interview are required.

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 mhawk@knoxed.org. To become a volunteer, register at https://www.greatschoolspartnership.com/lfrvolunteer/.

Mobile Meals

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.

N.E.A.T.

Join us as we make the healthy choice the easy choice for students in Knox County! The Nutrition Education Activity Training (N.E.A.T.) Program is accepting applications for N.E.A.T. Educators for the Fall 2021 semester. N.E.A.T. Educators lead weekly nutrition education activities and physical activity sessions at partnering afterschool programs in Knox County. N.E.A.T. Educators serve 1 – 1.5 hours per week in the fall semester when UT classes are in session. This is a great opportunity to build your resume and get hands-on experience in the community. Apply online here https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6312575/EducatorApp. Applications are due by August 20. Positions fill up quickly, so apply early to claim your spot. Contact Abigail Ford at the Knox County Health Department at abigail.ford@knoxcounty.org or 865-215-5612 for more information.

Second Harvest

Second Harvest (located at 136 Harvest lane in Maryville) is looking for volunteers to work in their Product Recovery area where donated food is processed for distribution. This is a set of basic quality and date checking, sorting, and labeling steps. Volunteers must be at least 10 years of age, and anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. There are two volunteer shifts each day Tuesday-Saturday, they are; 9am-12 and 1-4pm. There is currently a limit of 20 volunteers per shift, and some shifts will fill to capacity and will be unavailable. Interested? You can also sign up online here.

Smoky Mountain Service Dogs

Smoky Mountain Service Dogs (SMSD) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Lenoir City, TN. They train mobility assistance service dogs and provide them to disabled veterans at no cost to the veteran recipient. They are looking for volunteer puppy raisers and weekend respites. They are seeking volunteers who love dogs, want to change someone’s life and have fun in the process. Please visit their website at smokymountainservicedogs.org for more information. Questions? Email Laura Porter at laura.p@smokymountainservicedogs.org.

Victory Junction

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 crutan@victoryjunction.org.

The Wesley House

The Wesley House is seeking volunteers for their CARES and STEP programs. Both opportunities give volunteers the opportunity to work with students by serving snack, helping with homework, supporting enrichment classes and field trips, and making connections with children! Wesley House is also in need for volunteers for food pantry and mobile food pantry. Opportunities include organizing donations, delivering food, and helping individuals shop the pantry. If interested in volunteering with Wesley House, learn more about the organization here: https://www.wesleyhouseknox.org or contact Kristy DuBose at to krity@wesleyhouseknox.org.

YW Boutique Assistance

The YW Boutique is a unique way to support the women in YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley’s Keys of Hope Women’s Program. The YW Boutique provides a place for residents to access in-kind donations from the community. Volunteers are vital to assisting in sorting donations and providing support to staff in restocking the YW boutique. This position is flexible and can be scheduled based on the volunteer availability (for example evenings or weekends). Interested? Contact Gracie Herbert at gherbert@ywcaknox.com.