Volunteer Opportunities

Mayor

Madeline Rogero
mayor@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-2040

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

  • Share on Facebook
  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Google+
  • Share via Email
The City of Knoxville is not responsible for content included on listed sites, nor does the city endorse these organizations or establishments. Sites are merely listed for information purposes. Please note that these lists are not complete and are provided to give the user a starting point in locating volunteer opportunities in the Knoxville area.

Adopt A Golden Knoxville
www.adoptagoldenknoxville.org
Amy Johnston, President
865-940-0688

Adopt a Golden Knoxville, an all-volunteer nonprofit golden retriever rescue, is committed to finding loving homes for golden retrievers who need to be rehomed for any reason, and to reducing the number of goldens in shelters. We welcome volunteers to transport and walk dogs, review applications, provide foster homes, and help with fundraising and community events. Benefits include golden kisses and slobbery tennis balls! To volunteer contact info@adoptagoldenknoxville.org.

Adopt A Stream Program
www.waterqualityforum.org
John Shubzda
865-215-4134

The Knox Area Water Quality Forum in cooperation with the City of Knoxville, Knox County, and the Town of Farragut have partnered to form the Adopt-A-Stream Program, a citizen-based monitoring and litter prevention initiative intended to protect the health and serenity of our local waterways. Our goals as an organization are to bolster our citizen's capacity to inspire positive environmental and social change through an elevated awareness of water quality issues, training on stream health monitoring, and an intimate involvement in the solution process through cleanups and other means reducing trash in and around our waterways.

Amachi Knoxville
www.klf.org
Knoxville Leadership Foundation 
901 E. Summit Hill Drive 
Knoxville, TN 37915
865-524-2774

Amachi Knoxville is a mentoring program that specifically serves children residing in Knox County between the ages of 4-17 who have an incarcerated parent. Mentors are asked to commit to being a consistent and positive influence in the life of a child one hour per week for the duration of one year.

American Red Cross - Knoxville Area Chapter
www.redcross.org/tn/knoxville
6921 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, TN 37909
865-584-2999

Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are needed for short and long term opportunities. Positions available for every skill set and schedule. Some specific needs include bilingual volunteers, licensed health professionals, and those able to assist with facility and vehicle maintenance such as changing lightbulbs, making small office repairs, and ensuring vehicles are regularly serviced.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee
www.TennesseeBig.org
119 W. Summit Hill Dr., Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37902
865-523-2179

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has been transforming the lives of children in East Tennessee since 1970. Volunteer opportunities include becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister or perhaps you are interested in getting involved with the agency through a fundraising committee or helping with some other aspect of volunteering. Whatever your interest is - we have volunteer opportunities available. We serve children 6 to 18 years old in Knoxville and the surrounding area. To volunteer contact KFinger@TennesseeBig.org.

Books for Homebound
Main Library
500 W. Church Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37902
865-215-8721 
homebound@knoxlib.org

Books for the Homebound provides reading materials and audio recordings to adult Knox County residents who are unable to come to the library without assistance due to a permanent or temporary disability and have no one to pick up materials for them. Librarians select the materials and volunteers take them to the patrons. Volunteers choose their library pick-up location, their delivery areas in Knox County, and the number of patrons. Deliveries to each patron are made once a month on a regular ongoing basis. This requires a long-term commitment on the part of the volunteer.

Bridge Refugee Services, Inc.
www.bridgerefugees.org
7035 Middlebrook Pk.
Knoxville, TN 37909
865-540-1311

Bridge Refugee Services facilitates the resettlement of refugee families who have fled violence and repression in their countries of origin. Bridge empowers refugees to become self-sufficient through cultural education, English classes, employment services, and many other types of support. With the assistance of volunteers and community organizations, we are able to help refugees start a new life in America. Volunteers serve in many capacities and may become an English tutor, assist with job club, help set up refugee apartments, organize donations, or become a friend and a link to the community. For more information on the volunteer program please contact esl@bridgerefugees.org.

BUDDY’S Race Against Cancer
www.buddysrace.org
Thompson Cancer Survival Center
1915 White Ave.,
Knoxville, TN 37916
865-374-8272 or 1-888-515-8272

Help with a 5K Run/Walk & “Walk in the Park” that benefits Thompson Cancer Survival Center’s Outreach Services program.

CAC Office on Aging 
www.knoxseniors.org
Volunteer Coordinator
2247 Western Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37921
865-524-2786, Fax: 865-546-0832

Adult volunteers are requested to assist programs within the Knoxville-Knox County CAC Office on Aging; which is a public nonprofit agency serving seniors in the Knox County, TN community. The mission of the Office on Aging is to assist Knox County's older residents in achieving the highest possible level of independence, maintaining a high quality of life, and avoiding unnecessary institutionalization. Some Office on Aging programs requesting volunteers include: Affordable Medicine Options for Seniors (AMOS), Mobile Meals, Project LIVE, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and Volunteer Assisted Transportation (VAT). Volunteers may participate as their schedules allow and in-office or out-of-office volunteering opportunities are available! To volunteer contact Ashley Rex at ashley.rex@knoxseniors.org.

CAC Office on Aging Volunteer Assisted Transportation Program
www.knoxseniors.org
Volunteer Assisted Transportation
2247 Western Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37921
865-524-2786, Fax: 865-546-0832

CAC's Office on Aging is seeking volunteer drivers for the Volunteer Assisted Transportation program. Volunteers will utilize agency-owned hybrid sedans or wheelchair accessible minivans while accompanying seniors or persons with disabilities to appointments, shopping, and other errands. Training provided. To volunteer contact Warren Secrest at warren.secrest@knoxseniors.org

CASA of East Tennessee, Inc.
www.casaofeasttn.org
2250 Sutherland Ave. Suite 101
Knoxville, TN  37919
865-329-3399, Fax 865-329-3311
www.casaofeasttn.org

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are trained community volunteers appointed by the Juvenile Court Judge to speak for the best interest of a child who is brought into the court system due to abuse or neglect. CASA volunteers do not need to be a lawyer or a social worker. People from all walks of life can become a CASA. Volunteers are fully trained and well supported. A candidate must pass a background check, participate in 30 classroom hours of training and must agree to stay on their assigned case until it closes.

Centro Hispano de East Tennessee
www.centrohispanotn.org
2455 Sutherland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-522-0052
centro@centrohispanotn.org

Centro Hispano de East Tennessee is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promote the empowerment and civic participation of the local Hispanic community through education, advocacy and social services. Centro provides educational services (English classes, Spanish literacy,elementary and middle school education and GED test preparation in Spanish) and information and referral services to link Hispanic families to important information and services in the community. We need volunteers (you do not have to speak Spanish) to help teach and tutor, answer calls, work in our office, supervise children and much more.

Community Action Committee of Knoxville-Knox County 
www.knoxcac.org
2247 Western Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37921
865-546-3500, Fax: 865-546-0832

CAC is a public agency serving the citizens of Knoxville and Knox County especially seniors, low to moderate income families, the unemployed and underemployed, persons with disabilities, and other individuals with special need for services. CAC utilizes caring staff and volunteers to deliver efficient services to help people achieve self-sufficiency and independent living through intervention, education and empowerment.

East TN Historicial Society
www.east-tennessee-history.org
601 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN
865-215-8824

Volunteers can work wonders! And the East TN Historical Society needs you. Are you interested in exploring history, meeting people, learning new skills, or sharing your skills and knowledge? Get involved and become a part of East Tennessee history! To volunteer contact eths@east-tennessee-history.org.

Family Justice Center (FJC)
www.fjcknoxville.com
400 Harriet Tubman St.
Knoxville, TN 37915
865-215-6863, Fax: 865-215-6444

The mission of the Family Justice Center is to provide victims of domestic abuse with a single location to access advocacy and other services necessary to build a future of choice, safety and opportunity. Volunteers at the FJC greet victims of domestic abuse, help them feel comfortable, answer phones and monitor the playroom. To volunteer contact Rachel Searcy at rsearcy@fjcknoxville.org.

Friends of Literacy
www.friendsofliteracy.org

900 E. Hill Avenue, Suite 300
Knoxville TN 37915
865-594-7007

Since 1991, Friends of Literacy (FOL) has been a resource for adults in Knox County, Tennessee, who are under-educated or illiterate. Working in partnership with area adult education providers, FOL offers free literacy and high school equivalency diploma (GED and HiSET) classes at locations throughout Knox County.  We welcome volunteers to serve as tutors and classroom aids for daytime and evening classes.

Helen Ross McNabb Center
www.mcnabbcenter.org
201 W. Springdale Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-637-9711

The Helen Ross McNabb Center is a not-for-profit provider of behavioral health and social services. The mission of the Center is simple - improving the lives of the people we serve. The Center does this by offering a wide-range of quality, comprehensive services to children, adults and families in East Tennessee. The Center relies on a core group of volunteers to help support its mission and daily operations. There are ample volunteer opportunities that vary in interest and commitment level.

Junior Achievement of East Tennessee
www.jaeasttennessee.org
2135 N. Charles G Seivers Blvd.
Clinton, TN 37716

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful
www.KeepKnoxvilleBeautiful.org


Knoxville Area Urban League
www.thekaul.org
1514 East Fifth Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-524-5511, Fax: 865-525-5154

The Knoxville Area Urban League assists African Americans and other disadvantaged groups to achieve social and economic equality primarily through service delivery, with an emphasis on employment and training, education, housing, and business development. The Knoxville Area Urban League needs YOUR help to make a difference in the community. It is through your continued support as a volunteer that the Urban League can provide services for area residents. Giving of your time, skills and experience enhances the effectiveness of our programs and strengthens our ties to the community. To volunteer please contact info@thekaul.org.

Knoxville Habitat for Humanity
www.knoxvillehabitatforhumanity.com
1501 Washington Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-523-3539 , Fax: 865-522-8081

Knoxville Habitat for Humanity is an independent, nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that partners with people of all beliefs. They build simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with those in need. Volunteers and the future homeowners provide the labor in building the homes. Tax deductible donations of money, land and materials are provided by individuals, organizations and corporations.

Knoxville's Race for the Cure
www.knoxvilleraceforthecure.com
Komen Foundation  
P.O. Box 11772
Knoxville, TN 37939
865-692-3666

Hundreds of volunteer opportunities each year, from handing out water at the Komen Knoxville Race for the Cure® to becoming a community spokesperson on the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Whether you are looking for a year-round commitment or a one-time event, this Knoxville Komen Affiliate has a place for you.

Knoxville Zoo
www.knoxville-zoo.org
3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive
P.O. Box 6040
Knoxville, TN 37914
865-637-5331, Fax: 865-637-1943

Help with Special Events and Educational Programs or be a Zoo Aide. Volunteer opportunities are extended on to the family of zoo members. If you are not already a member, you must become and remain a member throughout your career as a Knoxville Zoo volunteer. Contact the membership department at 865-637-5331, ext. 305 to purchase a membership.

Mobile Meals
www.knoxseniors.org/mobile.html
CAC Office on Aging
2247 Western Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37921
865-524-2786, Fax: 865-546-0832

Deliver Mobile Meals lunches to homebound seniors or help serve and spend time with clients at dining sites.

Parkwest Medical Center
www.TreatedWell.com/volunteers
Volunteer Services
9352 Park West Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-373-1556 or 865-373-1064

The Volunteer Services program at Parkwest is an integral part of the hospital. The volunteers provide valuable services in many areas of the hospital which is greatly appreciated by patients, family members, staff, physicians and others. Parkwest Medical Center seeks community-minded people over the age of 18 who enjoy helping others and making a difference to join its current network of approximately 150 volunteers. A minimum four-hour volunteer shift per week for one year is requested. Visit Parkwest's website at www.treatedwell.com/volunteers to apply online. To volunteer contact rboyd3@covhlth.com.

Peninsula Hospital and Outpatient Services
www.peninsulabehavioralhealth.org
Volunteer Services
9352 Park West Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-373-1556 or 865-373-1064

Peninsula Behavioral Health offers inpatient and outpatient mental health services. Peninsula seeks community-minded people over the age of 18 who enjoy helping others in diverse aspects of mental health programs, including HABIT visits, clothing donations, clerical duties and visitor services at Peninsula Hospital in Louisville, Tenn. Volunteers also assist with clerical duties and events at Peninsula Outpatient Centers in Knoxville, Maryville, Sevierville and Lenoir City. Visit www.peninsulabehavioralhealth.org/volunteeratpeninsula to apply online. To volunteer contact rboyd3@covhlth.com.

Salvation Army
www.salvationarmyknoxville.org
Volunteer Coordinator 
409 N. Broadway 
Knoxville, TN 37917 
865-525-9401

The Knoxville area Salvation Army now serves a six-county region (Knox, Blount, Sevier, Anderson, Campbell and Cocke). The mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. The ministry touches over 30,000 lives annually through our emergency assistance program, aimed at preventing homelessness, as well as through our four residential programs. The Salvation Army could not continue to function without the help of our committed volunteers. Whether its serving a meal, sorting donations in our warehouse and thrift stores, working on maintaining our facility or mentoring a young person, there are regular opportunities for individuals and groups.

Special Olympics of Greater Knoxville
www.knoxvillespecialolympics.org
P.O. Box 34024
Knoxville, TN 37930
Area Co-director: Gina Legg
865-689-9130 x1318 (work), 865-661-7440 (cell)
glegg@knoxvillespecialolympics.org
Area Co-director: Tim Lee
865-539-5498 (work), 865-789-3957 (cell)
tlee@knoxvillespecialolympics.org

The Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with mental retardation, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. It is a volunteer-driven organization. It takes the effort of many individuals like yourself to make Special Olympics of Greater Knoxville successful.

Tennessee Valley Golden Retriever Rescue
www.tvgrr.com
P.O. Box 32973
Knoxville, TN 37930
865-558-3100
rescue@tvgrr.com

The mission of TVGRR is to facilitate the adoption of displaced and unwanted Golden Retrievers. We do this through the sole use of our dedicated volunteers. Volunteers provide foster homes, participate in fundraising activities, perform home visits and transport dogs. If you’ve always had a soft spot in your heart for Goldens, then please join us in rescuing these great dogs!

Tennova Healthcare Volunteer Services
www.tennova.com
865-545-7687

Volunteers come from every stage of life regardless of religion or ethnic background. Those willing to serve include retirees, homemakers, college students, teenagers (14 or older), and anyone looking for an opportunity to serve their community. Volunteers are important - they are a vital part of the Tennova Healthcare System and provide many services that supplement the basic, essential functions of the professional staff. Volunteers add that extra comfort and guidance during a patients stay at a Tennova Healthcare facility.

The Love Kitchen
www.thelovekitchen.org
2418 Martin Luther King Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37914-6839
865-546-3248, Fax: 865-546-3288

The Love Kitchen provides meals, clothing and emergency food packages to homebound, homeless and unemployeed persons. The Love Kitchen welcomes the volunteer spirit with open arms and open hearts. The more "cooks" the better.

United Way of Knoxville
www.uwgk.org
1301 Hannah Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37921
865-521-0890

Since 1977, nonprofit organizations have relied on the Volunteer Center to match the needs in the community with interested volunteers. The center works to ensure that groups and individuals find appropriate volunteer opportunities beneficial to them and nonprofit organizations.

UT Hospice Services Volunteer
www.utmedicalcenter.org
2270 Sutherland Ave., Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-544-6279

UT Hospice, serving patients and families in Knox and 15 surrounding counties, conducts ongoing orientation sessions for adults (18 & older) interested in becoming volunteers with our program. No medical experience is required. Training is provided. To volunteer contact Penny.Sparks@LHCgroup.com.

UT Medical Center Volunteer Services Program
www.utmedicalcenter.org
1924 Alcoa Hwy.
Knoxville, TN 37920
865-305-9515

Volunteers serve as an extension of UT Medical Center's professional staff by providing support services to our patients and families.

Visit Knoxville Volunteer Program
www.VisitKnoxville.com/about/volunteers
865-523-7263

Becoming a Visit Knoxville Volunteer is a great way to become part of fun events in your community and meet new people. You will gain immense satisfaction by helping others while also giving back to the community. Let's work together and make new friends, feel satisfied, and improve our physical health. We encourage you to take part in making Knoxville enjoyable and memorable for all its visitors. To volunteer contact volunteerknoxville.org.





The City of Knoxville is not responsible for content included on listed sites, nor does the city endorse these organizations or establishments. Sites are merely listed for information purposes. Please note that these lists are not complete and are provided to give the user a starting point in locating volunteer opportunities in the Knoxville area.