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Community Service Opportunities

Location Theme Description Time Commitment Contact
Location Theme Description Time Commitment Contact
Abbey Fields Food Access, Justice, Sustainable Living Volunteers assist with groundskeeping and general farm chores at this urban farm in Knoxville. Brenna Wright, farm manager or Daniel Aisenbrey, assistant manager
Amachi Knoxville Child Mentorship Volunteers mentor a child one hour per week by leading activities that build trust, friendship and self-confidence. 15+ hours/semester Gloria Nolan 865-524-2774
Amedisys Elderly Care, Medical Volunteers act as temporary relief for caregivers and collect stories from elderly patients for submission to the Library of Congress. 15+ hours/semester Laura Copeland 865-689-7123
American Cancer Society Medical Volunteers needed to transport cancer patients. 15+ hours/semester Kayla Shelby, Community Representative 912-682-7077
American Heart Association Medical Volunteers work on fundraisers and awareness events such as the Heart Walk and the Heart Gala. Varies per project 865-212-6504
American Red Cross Medical, Veterans and Military Families Volunteers work in five key service areas: disaster relief, American military family support, blood collection/donation services, health and safety services, and international services/humanitarian education. Varies per event Mike Clemens, Volunteer Specialist 865-584-2999 ext 239
Angelic Ministries Poverty Alleviation, Advocacy-Other, Homelessness Volunteers assist with warehouse organizing and gathering items for clients and plan/manage donation drives. Varies Tammy 865-523-8884
Animal Works Animal Welfare/Training Volunteers assist with marketing, fundraising, building maintenance, office assistance, transport and more. Varies Teresa Lamarche 865-297-3960
Appalachian Bear Rescue Animal Welfare/Training Volunteers staff ABR booths at public events and distribute materials for Appalachian Bear Rescue. Varies DiAnne Wilson or
Avalon Healthcare Medical Volunteers assist homebound clients with errands, provide company for clients or relieve caregivers. 15+ hours/semester Tonya Lobozzo 865-769-5110
Beardsley Community Farm Environmental Stewardship, Gardening, Sustainable Living Volunteers perform various garden duties. Varies or 865-546-8446
Ben Atchley Tennessee State Veterans’ Home Medical, Veterans and Military Families Tennessee State Veterans' Homes provide quality care and rehabilitation for residents. Varies
Big Brother Big Sister Child Education, Advocacy-Children Volunteers mentor a child for the academic year (two consecutive semesters). Volunteers should complete the online application. 1 hour a week for entire academic year Kara Finger 865-243-3881 ext 19
Big Brother & Big Sister Blount Child Education, Advocacy-Children Volunteers mentor a child for the academic year (two consecutive semesters). Volunteers should apply online. 1 hour a week for entire academic year Kara Finger 865-243-3881 ext 19
Blount County Community Action Agency (CAC) Poverty Alleviation, Homelessness Volunteers assist in a number of areas including: delivering meals to homebound seniors, assisting with clerical duties, completing assessment forms for clients, offering nutrition education to seniors, providing transportation to clients and more. Varies Joanie Shaver 865-983-8411
Blount County Humane Society Animal Welfare/Training Volunteers needed for varioes animal care duties. Volunteers are required to to attend a volunteer orientation class prior to serving at the HSTV facility. Varies or 865-233-3739
Boy Scouts of America Child Mentorship Volunteers assist in areas including urban logistics, project management, statistics, nursing, media and technology, and outdoor events. Varies Anthony Ingram 865-566-0644
Boys & Girls Clubs Child Education Volunteers mentor youth at one of 22 club locations throughout Knox, Blount, North Anderson, and Loudon Counties. Volunteers should apply online. 1 hour a week for a semester or entire academic year Rachael Guarnieri 865-232-1176
Breakthrough Knoxville Disability Support, Medical Volunteer needed for the Respite and Recreation program, assisting at events such as the Golf Tournament and Run for Autism 5K and locating corporate sponsors for fundraising. Varies Beth Ritchie 865-525-9010 or 865-247-0065 ext 25
Bridge Refugee Services Civics, Immigration/Refugee Assistance Volunteers tutor refugees in English, transport refugees to appointments, help refugees apply for jobs, and tutor adolescents at an after-school program. 15+ hours/semester Katie Weber, Volunteer Coordinator 865-540-1311
Caris Healthcare Medical Volunteers spend time with patients, mow patient’s yard, run errands for families, etc. All Volunteer opportunities and application are accessed online. Varies, but 15+ hours/semester preferred Patti McGrew 866-694-4848
The Carpetbag Theatre Arts and Culture Volunteers operate lights and sound, assist with marketing and advertising and participate in the youth program. Linda Parris-Bailey 865-544-0447
CASA of East TN Advocacy-Children, Civics Trained volunteers advocate for abused and neglected children in Knox County. CASA of East Tennessee requires a minimum one-year commitment that includes 22 hours of training for all new volunteers. On average volunteers log approximately 10-15 hours of service time per month on each case. 33 hours training plus a one-year commitment (approximately 10-15 hours of service/month) Recruitment and Training Coordinator 865-329-3399 or
Centro Hispano de East Tennessee (Facebook) Advocacy, Child Education, Arts and Culture Volunteers teach and tutor, answer telephone calls, provide office assistance, supervise children and more. 15+ hours/semester or 865-522-0052
Center for Urban Agriculture at Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum (Facebook) Environmental Stewardship, Gardening, Sustainable Living/Permaculture Volunteers help with organic gardening and help host special events. Volunteers should apply online.
Children’s Hospital Disability Support, Medical, General Health and Wellness Volunteers give their time, love and attention young patients and their families. Serious volunteers only. Volunteers should apply online. Varies per role, but extensive
Chua Bap Phao Vietnamese Buddhist Temple Adult Education Volunteers provide English language tutoring for an entire semester or academic year, at least one hour each week. 15+ hours/semester Chester Needham
Choices Resource Center of Oak Ridge Poverty Alleviation, Advocacy-Other Choices Resource Center exists to equip individuals with solutions needed for pregnancy, sexual health, and post-abortion recovery. 15+ hours/semester Cheryl, Volunteer Coordinator 865-483-0099 ext 101
Community Chest of Knoxville Volunteers help sort and distribute household items and clothing to community members in need. 865-522-3200
Compassion Coalition Poverty Alleviation Volunteers present workshops, perform clerical work, assist in poverty and resource-based research, assist in website development, provide statistical analysis and more. 15+ hours/semester or 865-251-1591
Co-Parenting Solutions, Inc. Law, Domestic Violence Volunteers assist with clerical work, marketing, legal aid processing, and much more. Serious volunteers only. Varies Jim Karney 865-535-0037
Covenant Hospice Medical, Elderly Care, Disability Support Volunteers spend time with patients. 15+ hours/semester Katie McLaughlin, Volunteer and Bereavement Coordinator 865-374-0864
Crossroads Ministry Poverty, Adult Mentorship Volunteers assist with babies and toddlers on Tuesday evenings, teaching or assisting special interest classes and general office tasks. Volunteers should apply online. Varies Cora Rhew, Volunteer Coordinator 865-258-0875 or
Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail Environmental Stewardship

Volunteers will build new hiking trail or rehab existing trail on the Cumberland Trail within Campbell, Morgan, or Cumberland Counties.

Varies Mark Stanfill, State Park Trails Administrator 615-574-5176
DCEA Head Start Child Education Volunteers engage in storytelling and teaching, repairing toys and more. Volunteers should apply online. 15+ hours/semester for entire academic year
East Tennessee History Center Arts and Culture Volunteers help with student tours, administration, artifact collections, exhibit development and customer service. 15+ hours/semester
East TN Technology Access Center Medical, Technology Volunteers can plan and/or staff events that are accessible to disabled individuals in the community, create audio recordings of books, copy books into Braille with a machine, deliver medical equipment and more. Varies Lorrie or Allen
Emerald Youth Foundation Child Mentorship Volunteers work as after school academic tutors and homework helpers for young people. 15+ hours/semester Rachel Davis, HR Coordinator 865-637-3227 ext 112
Family Justice Center Advocacy, Homelessness Volunteers speak to groups and organizations through our Speakers Bureau, receive clients at the Center, help in the children’s play area, serve as a volunteer chaplain, work at public awareness events throughout the community, and assist with fundraising initiatives. Varies Rachel Searcy 865-215-6800
FISH Pantry Food Access/Food Justice Volunteers help end hunger in Knoxville. View volunteer opportunities. Varies Jim Wright, Director 865-588-9200
Florence Crittenton Agency Poverty Alleviation, Advocacy, Mental Health Volunteers assist with landscaping, garden-path maintenance, exterior painting, records management, clerical duties, holiday decorating and special events staffing. Varies Nancy Christian 865-602-2021
Friends of Literacy Adult Education Volunteers donate their time tutoring adult learners. Tutors help adult learners’ master reading, math and language skills, and can also work with English language learners in a number of different adult education programs in Knox County. 15+ hours/semester Amanda 865-549-7007
Gear Up/Anderson County Schools Child Education Volunteers provide tutoring and mentoring in a number of subjects, especially in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) capacities. 15+ hours/semester Angela “Hoppy” Merryman 865-963-8467
The Gentle Barn (Facebook) Animal Welfare/Training Volunteers provide extra care and attention to the animals. On Saturdays, volunteers introduce the animals to the public by telling stories and providing additional information. Serious volunteers only. Andrea
Girl Scouts Council of the Southern Appalachia Child Mentorship Volunteers work with troop teams in the surrounding community (bi-weekly meetings), establish new troop teams and establish a “Girl Scout Day” at Pellissippi State to teach troops about higher education opportunities and careers. 15+ hours/semester Milly Cavender at 800-474-1912 ext 1035
Girl Talk, Inc Child Mentorship "Community-Based" volunteers mentor who builds meaningful relationships with girls through monthly activities, sleepovers and annual retreats. "School-Based" mentors assist through the Great Schools Partnership to support their vision of achieving healthy communities through weekly meetings after school. All interested volunteers should fill out the mentor application located at 15+ hours/semester Janea Peterson, Administrative Program Assistant
Girls on the Run Child Mentorship Volunteers couch a team of girls ages 8-12 in a 10-week after-school program that uses the power of running to help prepare girls for a lifetime of respect and healthy living. Volunteers should apply online. 15+ hours/semester Kelly Eldridge 865-712-9979
Green Hills Learning Center Child Education Volunteers mentors, provides instruction, oversees various art or science projects and more. 3 hours/week for one semester Kim Fowler 865-523-1688
Habitat for Humanity Poverty Alleviation, Homelessness Volunteers work in Thrift Stores and ReStores, Habitat Urban Gardens (HUG program), and Blitz Builds; facilitate classes on a wide variety of topics relevant to home owners (budgeting, sustainable living, recycling, landscaping, gardening parenting, etc.) Varies Anderson County:
Blount County: Website, Leslie, Volunteer Coordinator 865-806-3679 or 865-982-8717 ext 226
Knox County: Website, Trinity Edgar, Volunteer Coordinator, 865-523-3539, Additional Contact:
Loudon County:
Hardin Valley Campus Garden On-Campus Opportunities, Food Access, Gardening, Sustainable Living/Permaculture Volunteers participate in a number of service, project and research opportunities with the garden. or AmeriCorps VISTA JD Burnette
Harmony Family Center (Blount County) Advocacy - Child Volunteers assist with groundskeeping and general maintenance of the cabins and hiking trails and work as event staff. Varies Beverly 865-981-3953
Helen Ross McNabb Center Mental Health A variety of volunteer opportunities exist, some of which require certificates or graduate degrees. Serious volunteers only. View volunteer opportunities. 3 months Rebecca McKnight 865-329-9176
Hola Hora Latina Arts and Culture Volunteers work as event staff for the annual Hola Festival. Rebecca Gomez
Human and Animal Bonds in TN (H.A.B.I.T.) Animal Welfare/Training Volunteers work together to explore the circumstances and consequences of the human-animal bond and to promote this valuable bond between people and animals. All potential volunteers are required to attend a General Information meeting. 15+ hours/semester or 865-974-5633
Humane Society of TN Valley Animal Welfare/Training Volunteers primarily spend time at Adopt-A-Pet or Fix-A-Pet. Volunteers are required to attend an orientation class prior to working at the HSTV facility. 15+ hours/semester 865-573-9675 ext 108
Ijams Nature Center Environmental Stewardship Volunteers assist with trail maintenance, plant identification and visual surveys for a working map, groundskeeping and exhibit renovation. Varies Lauren Bird 865-577-4717 ext 135
Imagination Library Child Education Volunteers assist with clerical work, registrations and event staffing. Varies Danielle Velez 865-215-8783 or
International Student Peer Mentor Program Adult Mentorship Volunteers serve as peer mentors to to new international students during their adjustment to life in the U.S. and at Pellissippi State Community College during their first semester of study. Patricia J. Higgins 865-539-7007
INVEST Adult Mentorship Volunteers work to address the common barriers that legal refugees and immigrants face when looking for employment commensurate with their skills and abilities. Joan Newman
Joy of Music School Child Education, Arts and Culture Volunteers teach weekly private music lessons and must be skilled with an instrument. 15+ hours/semester for one year Ed Sublett 865-525-6806
Junior Achievement Child Mentorship Volunteers teach JA programs (free enterprise, business, and economics) in K-12 classrooms. 15+ hours/semester for entire academic year Maria Ryan 865-457-2461
K-Town Youth Empowerment Network Mental Health Volunteers serve as mentors to youth. The ideal volunteer has strong computer skills and is pursuing a career in social work, counseling, child and family studies or related fields. 15+ hours/semester Belinda Jones 865-523-0701
Keep Blount Beautiful & Keep Knoxville Beautiful Environmental Stewardship Volunteers participate in cleaning up our town to promote a cleaner, greener and more beautiful community. Keep Blount Beautiful:,, 865-681-4809
Keep Knoxville Beautiful: Patience Melnik 865-521-6957
Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) Poverty Alleviation, Elderly Care CAC serves the citizens of Knox County, especially seniors, low to moderate income families, unemployed and underemployed, persons with disabilities and individuals with special need for services. CAC offers a variety of opportunities for volunteers through its many programs. AMOS (Affordable Medicine Options for Seniors): Peggy Ransom 865-524-2786
Foster Grandparent Program: Toija Sandifer 865-524-2786
Head Start: or 865-522-2193
Knox PAWS: Misty Goodwin 865-524-2786
Mobile Meals: Shelly Woodrick or Judith Pelot 865-524-2786
O'Connor Senior Center: Sue Massingill 865-523-1135
Project LIVE (Living Independently Through Volunteer Efforts: Misty Goodwin 865-524-2786
RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program): Eden Slater 865-524-2786
Senior Companion Program: Florence Dills 865-524-2786
Volunteer Assisted Transportation (VAT): or 865-524-2786
Knox County Museum of Education Arts and Culture Volunteers prepare articles for “white notebooks”, write “tribute notebooks”, take inventory, assist with purchasing and accounting tasks, conduct tours and more.
Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office (CLO) After School Programs (The Arts Academy and The Zone) Child Education, Law Volunteers to assist in after-school capacities through either the Arts Academy (Tuesdays, grades 1-2) or The Zone (Thursdays, grades 6+). 15+ hours/semester Suzanne Petty 865-594-6120
Knox County Schools (Community School After-School Programs) Child Education Volunteers participate in after-school programs in one of Knoxville’s community schools. Volunteers must pass a background check ($27.00, Service-Learning program).  Contact the Service-Learning office for your placement within the first 4 weeks of the semester. 15+ hours/semester Drema Bowers, Director of  Pellissippi State Service-Learning
Knox Heritage Arts and Culture Volunteers need for office/clerical work, architectural salvage, staffing for special events, and more. View volunteer opportunities. 865-523-8008
Knoxville Area Urban League (KAUL) Child Education Volunteers may assist with the annual Shoes for School event in August, offer classroom instruction or give a presentation (subjects include: budget and credit, home ownership, job readiness) or provide office support. Varies or 865-524-5511
Knoxville Dream Center (Facebook) Poverty Alleviation Volunteers participate in Adopt A Block and Food Truck initiatives. Volunteers should apply online. 865-688-9636
The Knoxville Leadership Foundation Poverty Alleviation, Child Mentorship Volunteers complete minor home repairs, provide child-mentorship, offer workforce development classes and more. Varies David Ault or Adam Montgomery 865-524-2774
Knoxville Museum of Art Arts and Culture Volunteers participate in a number of teaching experiences and, during summer, arts & crafts projects with children. 15+ hours/semester DeLena Feliciano 865-525-6101 ext 227
Knoxville Opera Arts and Culture Volunteers serve as event staff for the Knoxville Opera’s annual Rossini Festival (in April) or as ticketing staff for their Dress Rehearsals in October, February or April. Dress Rehearsal: 2.5 hours per opera; Rossini Festival: 2-3 hours per shift Dr. Annie Gray
Legal Aid of East TN Poverty Alleviation, Law Paralegal students are encouraged to inquire about volunteer opportunities. Terry Woods, Pro-Bono Project Director 865-637-0484
Lost Sheep Ministry Food Access, Homelessness Volunteers help serve meals and distribute clothing to the homeless each Wednesday evening under the interstate bridge in downtown Knoxville. Varies or 865-688-9636
Mane Support
Mental Health, Animal Welfare/Training Volunteers help with caring for animals and cleaning barns. View volunteer oppportunities. 15+ hours/semester Kimberly Henry, Executive Director 865-233-3090
Manna House Food Access Volunteers work in the Manna House Food Pantry, which provides healthy options for individuals facing a food emergency. Varies Anna Lee, Outreach Director 865-246-0437
Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks and Recreation Environmental Stewardship Volunteers can get involved with Special Olympics, special events, athletic events, camps and programs and Recreation and Community Centers. All volunteers must submit a background check. Chris Clark or
Morning Pointe Assisted Living Medical, Elderly Care Volunteers engage in activities with clients such as playing games, arts and crafts, playing music and more. Volunteers are also needed to assist with clerical work. 15+ hours/semester Lenoir City Location: Lori Zepeda 865-988-7373
Clinton Location: LuAnn Hanchett, Volunteer Coordinator 865-457-4005
Museum of Appalachia Arts and Culture Volunteers participate as event staff, tour guides, cabin and grounds maintenance, inventory and more. Kate Campbell 865-494-7680
National Park Service Environmental Stewardship Volunteers can participate in Phenology (Adopt-a-Tree Plot), Christmas Bird Count, and Rock Dam Removal and Education. Phenology: 1/week observations (September-November or April- June); Christmas Bird Count: training day & a data collection day; Rock Dam Removal: one time commitment Julianne Geleynse
Oak Ridge Animal Shelter Animal Welfare/Training Volunteers provide human interaction and exercise for shelter animals. Varies Julie Armes 865-425-3423
Operation Backyard Elderly Care, Child Mentorship Volunteers assist with the Summer Youth Service Camp, weekend service projects and Volunteer Corp, which sends volunteers out one day per month to address urgent repairs. Varies Adam Montgomery 865-524-2774 ext 107
Our Daily Bread of East Tennessee Child Mentorship Volunteers mentor at-risk youth in Blount County and teach computer skills to established mentors. Contact the agency for acceptable volunteer commitments. Varies Phillip Hester 865-938-6328
Pellissippi Pantry On-Campus Opportunities, Food Access The pantry provides nutritious foods including fresh produce from the Hardin Valley Campus Garden along with some hygiene products, recipes and more.
Pellissippi State Community College On-Campus Opportunities Various programs and departments at Pellissippi State welcome extra support from student volunteers. Not all opportunities are year-round. For information about how and when you can volunteer, contact your department of interest. Disability Services, Hardin Valley Campus Garden, International Student Peer Mentor Program, Pellissippi State Library, Service-Learning, Student Life, Sustainable Campus Initiative
Peninsula Hospital Mental Health Volunteers help with visitor check-in, activities, food service or in the library. Volunteers should apply online. one four-hour shift/week, 30+ hours Camilla Fore, Volunteer Coordinator 865-805-3439
Pond Gap Elementary School Garden Food Access/Food Justice, Child Education Volunteers are needed in many capacities. Varies
Project Grad Child Mentorship Project Grad seeks to provide support and resources to students throughout their academic career. or 865-525-4030
Project Linus of East Tennessee Medical, Mental Health Volunteers make and donate washable blankets, which are given to sick and/or traumatized children in East Tennessee. Varies Deb Miller 865-719-2862
Race for the Cure Medical Volunteers work before, during and after the Race to make the event successful. Volunteers should apply online.
Random Acts of Flowers Mental Health Volunteers pick up donated flowers and create flower arrangements. Varies Lorraine Burns 865-633-9082
Remote Area Medical Medical, Poverty Alleviation Volunteers produce videos, brochures and photo displays, update websites, develop databases for clinic statistics and create patient education and information presentations. Varies or 865-579-1530
Safe Routes to School Child Mentorship Volunteers chaperone morning and afternoon walks in select Knox County schools. Liliana Burbano 865-215-5546
Salvation Army Poverty Alleviation, Homelessness, Food Access Volunteers are needed in in the kitchen, warehouse, and retail store. Volunteers can also work as bell ringers during the holidays. Varies Maria Down 865-525-9401
Second Harvest Food Bank of East TN Food Access/Food Justice Volunteers work in the warehouse, 9 a.m-Noon & 1-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, with special shifts on Saturdays. Varies
Shangri-La Therapeutic Riding Academy (S.T.A.R.) Animal Welfare/Training, Mental Health Volunteers help with lessons, work in the barn, and assist with groundskeeping. Volunteers are required to attend a volunteer training before serving. 1 hour/week for a session (8-12 weeks) Brittany Ferrell, Volunteer Coordinator 865-988-4711
Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development (SEEED) Food Access/Food Justice, Sustainable Living/Permaculture Volunteers are needed in several areas including The Listening Project (lowering utility bills by winterizing homes), Instructors for SEEED’s Career Readiness Program, volunteer coordination, crew leaders and administrative assistance. Varies or 865-766-5185
Special Olympics of Greater Knoxville Disability Support, Physical Education Volunteers act as officiates, score keepers, timers, medal presenters, concession stand and merchandise staff, and more. Varies Gina Legg 865-689-9130 ext 1318
Special Spaces Arts and Culture Volunteers can makeover rooms, write grants and assist with fundraising and marketing efforts. Varies Jennifer Swain, Executive Director 865-249-6079
Teen Challenge Child Education, Child Mentorship Volunteers are needed for working in the administration office, mentoring students, watching children, providing basic services and staffing hosting events. Varies Barbara Mitchell 865-546-8933 or
Tennova Healthcare Medical Volunteers can assist Tennova Healthcare and its clients as golf cart drivers, ICU lounge attendants, orthopedic aides, emergency department support, and pain center support. All volunteers must pass a background check in addition to providing references. 3 months
The Muse of Knoxville Child Education, Arts and Culture Volunteers work with the Visitor Services Team or as volunteers in a number of other areas including: Kidspace, Buildspace, Planetarium, special events, and on-site and outdoor maintenance. Volunteers should apply online. Varies or 865-594-1494
United Way Poverty Alleviation, Homelessness United Way’s work is focused on the building blocks for a good life: education, income, and health. Volunteers should apply online. or 865-521-5565
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Poverty Alleviation VITA volunteers help people who can’t prepare their income tax forms properly. Sue Campbell, VITA Site Coordinator, Terry Reed, VITA Site Assistant Coordinator, or call 865-546-5125
Wesley House Faith-based Organization, Child Mentorship Volunteers are needed for tutoring, serving meals, playing bingo with seniors, and many other activities. There is something for everyone. Varies Sharon Earl 865-524-5494
YMCA Poverty Alleviation, Child Mentorship, Physical Education Volunteers assist with various duties include fundraising, coaching sports teams, motivating youth, serving on boards and committees, and more. Varies 865-522-9625
YOKE Youth Ministries Faith-based Organization, Child Mentorship Volunteers mentor middle school children and assist with grant writing and database management.  15+ hours/semester or 865-522-6907
YWCA Poverty Alleviation, Child Mentorship, Physical Education Volunteers assist with opening the Y Boutique (a donation closet for residential women), hosting a game/craft night for the Women’s Housing Program, sorting donations, tutoring students, and other general administrative and maintenance tasks. View volunteer opportunities. 15+ hours/semester Karlyn Brown 865-523-6126

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