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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
CAC- Senior Care Calls
Isolation and loneliness continue during the COVID-19 pandemic.The Senior Care Calls program is a call reassurance and support program for seniors that are especially lonely right now. If you are a volunteer who loves meeting new people and building lasting relationships, this program may be for you! Volunteers simply offer a empathetic and open ear to those that need it the most. Training for this opportunity is 1.5 hours long and both training and service are completely remote. Volunteers will be matched with seniors to intentionally lead to good conversation. The time commitment is twice a week for 15m – 1h (depending on the senior and the volunteer’s preferences). Interested? Email Samantha Pohlot at email@example.com.
CAC- Knox PAWS (Placing Animals With Seniors)
Knox PAWS (Placing Animals With Seniors) are 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 Pohlot 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 865-637-3227 ext 196.
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
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 email@example.com. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.