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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Red Cross
Serve your community as a Red Cross Knoxville Chapter Ambassador. Tasks include providing information about Red Cross programs and service to visitors, helping monitor facility needs, assisting with meetings, events or blood drives, as requested, alerting Operations staff on any facility or fleet supply or repair and maintenance needs, accepting packages and routing them to appropriate staff, assisting with basic office equipment, such as copiers, and collaborating with Operations on service needs, new volunteers and Fleet reservations as needed.
This commitment requires approximately 4 hours during 8:30 am – 4:00 p.m. M-F at the East TN chapter (6921 Middlebrook Pike Knoxville). Skills required include an ability to work independently and a great attitude. Computer skills are appreciated but not necessary to give of your time. Learn more about Red Cross programs and services while supporting the mission in your home chapter. Please contact Gretchen Sherrill at email@example.com 865-606-5708 with any questions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To become a volunteer, register at https://www.greatschoolspartnership.com/lfrvolunteer/.
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.
Join us as we make the healthy choice, the easy choice for students in Knox County! The Knox County Health Department’s Nutrition Education Activity Training (N.E.A.T.) Program is looking for students to serve as N.E.A.T. Educators for the upcoming semester. N.E.A.T. Educators lead weekly nutrition education activities and group physical activity sessions at partnering elementary afterschool programs in Knox County. N.E.A.T. Educators serve 1 – 1.5 hours per week for 12 weeks between February 7 and May 6, with a week off for Spring Break in March. Educators are compensated at the end of the semester with an $80 gift card. This is a great opportunity to gain experience working with community partners, engage with a public health program, and develop valuable professional skills. Applications are due by January 31. If you are interested, please contact Abigail Ford at email@example.com or 865-215-5612.
Nourish Knoxville is looking for volunteers for the Saturday Market Square and Thursday New Harvest Farmers’ Markets. Volunteers assist with setup and takedown of the market, conduct crowd counts, and process transactions for our Double Up SNAP program. Volunteers also help out with our programs, Nourish Moves and Nourish Kids. Scheduling is flexible and based on availability. On Saturdays, volunteers shifts run from 8:30 am – 11 am in the morning and 11 am – 1:30 pm in the afternoon. On Thursdays, volunteer shifts run from 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm. At this time, they are requiring that all volunteers are vaccinated against COVID-19. If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Salvation Army
With the start of the 2021-22 school year, The Salvation Army will be offering an afterschool Homework Club. It will occur Monday–Thursday from 3pm-6pm at The Salvation Army campus at 409 N Broadway, Knoxville, TN. The program operates with minimal staff which means that volunteers are greatly needed to aid in support and guidance of the students. We ask that volunteers serve at least 2 hours at a time. How many and what hours those are can be left up to the volunteer. This position does involve a background check and some training, so we are hopeful that volunteers will serve on more than one occasion. Interested individuals can sign up at https://volunteeretn.galaxydigital.com/need/detail/?need_id=552271
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 email@example.com.
SOS (Save Our Snoopies) Beagle Rescue
The SOS (Save Our Snoopies) Beagle Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of beagles by sheltering homeless or abandoned dogs and adopting them to loving homes. The are in need of volunteers to socialize adult dogs and puppies anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours any day and clean kennels. The rescue is about 2 miles from campus just off Kingston Pike. They provide all supplies and and will train volunteers on kennel safety. The volunteer opportunity is fun as well as fulfilling. Find more information at https://sosbeagles.org.
Volunteers at Thrive can serve in a variety of ways: tutoring students, leading group activities, helping in the kitchen or garden, and so much more. Thrive connects caring adults with at-risk youth through gospel-based relationships. They partner with communities to pursue spiritual, emotional, academic, and physical wholeness.To see specific volunteer needs, visit: http://helpusthrive.volunteerhub.com. All volunteers must complete a training session before signing up to serve. Please reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Thrive is now offering volunteer rides to Thrive Lonsdale every Thursday this Spring (March 24-May 19). A Thrive van will arrive at Hess Hall at 2:55pm and depart at 3:05. Volunteers will be trained that day, so they can serve the students. Volunteers will return to campus at 5pm.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young-Williams Animal Center
Young-Williams Animal Center relies on our committed and caring volunteers every day! Volunteers can participate in a variety of activities at either shelter location (Division Street and Kingston Pike), as well as throughout the year at special events and even in their own home through virtual opportunities. We have both a long-term volunteering program that consists of trainings to participate in animal-handling opportunities, as well as a short-term program for those needing service hours for Tennessee Promise and other programs. These opportunities are for basic but important tasks that help our operations run smoothly (laundry, sweeping, mopping, organizing supplies, yard work, etc.) Feel free to visit our website at https://www.young-williams.org/volunteer/ or reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator Carmen Shepherd at email@example.com for more information!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.