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Volunteer East TennesseeThe 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. Check out Volunteer East Tennessee for additional opportunities.

Adopt A Golden Knoxville
Amy Johnston, President

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 [email protected].

Adopt-A-Stream Program
Charissa Oglesby

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
Knoxville Leadership Foundation 
318 N. Gay Street, Suite 210 
Knoxville, TN 37917

Amachi Knoxville is a mentoring program that specifically serves children residing in Knox County between the ages of 4-17 who have been impacted by the incarceration of a family member, personally involved in the Juvenile Court, or generally in need of a mentor. Mentors are asked to commit to being a consistent and positive influence in the life of a child 4-6 hours per month for at least one year.  

Amedisys Hospice
1420 Dutch Valley Road, Suite C
Knoxville, TN 37918

As a hospice volunteer, you can help improve the quality of life for our patients, as well as their families and caregivers.  Volunteers can make a difference in a variety of ways, including: offering companionship, running errands, providing respite to caregiver and weekly calls. To volunteer, please contact Laura Copeland at [email protected]

American Red Cross - Knoxville Area Chapter
6921 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, TN 37909

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
119 W. Summit Hill Dr., Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37902

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 [email protected].

Books for Homebound 
Lawson McGhee Library
500 W. Church Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37902

Books for the Homebound provides books, audio books, music CDs and/or movies 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 available 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. For more details contact Books for the Homebound at [email protected] or 865-215-8721.

Bridge Refugee Services, Inc.
3839 Buffat Mill Road    
Knoxville, TN 37914

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 [email protected].

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

Support older residents in achieving the highest possible level of independence; help us enter data, prepare mailings, run an errand or visit with a senior, deliver a meal, assist in a senior center and much more! Volunteers may participate as their schedules allow and in-office or out-of-office volunteering opportunities are available for volunteers of all ages! The mission of the Knoxville-Knox County CAC Office on Aging 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). To volunteer contact [email protected]

CAC Office on Aging Volunteer Assisted Transportation Program
Volunteer Assisted Transportation
2247 Western Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37921
865-673-5001, Fax: 865-546-9013

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 Nancy Welch at [email protected].

CASA of East Tennessee, Inc.
5410 Homberg Drive Suite 29A
Knoxville, TN  37919
865-329-3399, Fax 865-329-3311

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.

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee 
119 Dameron Ave
Knoxville, TN 37917

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee is a nonprofit whose mission is to help meet the needs of the poor and vulnerable of East Tennessee regardless of their religious affiliation. Our organization was  established in the 1970s and incorporated in 1989 to provide social services to the area of the Diocese of Knoxville. Your gifts of time, skill, and  caring assist our staff in meeting their responsibilities and enhance the lives of our clients. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Rena Ishak at [email protected]

Centro Hispano de East Tennessee
2455 Sutherland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37923
[email protected]

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 
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.

Covenant Hospice
3001 Lake Brook Blvd Suite 101
Knoxville TN 37909

Volunteers make an incredible impact on Covenant Hospice patients every day. Imagine the impact you could make! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please visit CovenantHomeCareAndHospice.com/VolunteerOpportunities to apply online. To volunteer contact [email protected].

East TN Historicial Society
601 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN

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 [email protected].

Family Justice Center (FJC)
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. 

Friends of Literacy

900 E. Hill Avenue, Suite 300
Knoxville TN 37915

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
201 W. Springdale Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917

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.

Horse Haven of Tennessee
P.O. Box 30393
Knoxville, TN 37930

Horse Haven of Tennessee, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit equine welfare organization that works with local law enforcement, state agriculture investigators, and the community to rescue abused and neglected horses across the state. Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home God’s neglected or abused horses through programs of shelter, adoption, education, and assistance. Volunteers are an integral part of our organization and make daily care for the equine in our custody possible. For more information on different volunteer opportunities contact [email protected].

Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley 
6717 Kingston Pike
Knoxville TN 37919

Founded in 1885, the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley is the longest standing animal shelter in the State of Tennessee.  A stand-alone 501c(3) limited admissions animal shelter, the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley receives no funding from national humane entities or government agencies; relying solely on private donations and grant funding. Volunteers for the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley can be found working with animals or assisting in our day-to-day operations 365 days a year. To volunteer please contact Alexis at [email protected], OR you can apply on our website at https://humanesocietytennessee.org/.  

Inskip Elementary School Garden
4701 High School Rd
Knoxville, TN 37912 

Inskip Elementary School Garden is a project by University of Tennessee's University-Assisted Community Schools. At Inskip, the garden serves as a hands-on learning opportunity for science, reading, arts, and mathematics enrichment. We welcome volunteers for garden maintenance and projects.  We offer a workshare benefit with seasonally available crops! To volunteer contact [email protected]

InterFaith Health Clinic
315 Gill Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37917

InterFaith Health Clinic has current and recurring opportunities for volunteers outside of the clinical setting, including assistance with fundraising events and campaigns, administrative support, and more. To volunteer contact Elaine Evans at [email protected] or 865-243-3018.

Junior Achievement of East Tennessee
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.

Junior League of Knoxville

The Junior League of Knoxville is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. As one of hundreds of Junior League chapters across the world, we are a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI). Established in 1921, the Junior League of Knoxville plays an integral part in the development, improvement, and support of the communities in the greater Knoxville area.
With more than 400 members, the Junior League of Knoxville is an organization of women who care. These active volunteers focus their time and resources not only on fundraising, but also, most importantly, on raising awareness of the issue of women’s education and safety in East Tennessee – with more than 8,500 hours of service given to the area each year. If you would like to learn more about joining the Junior League of Knoxville, please send us an email at [email protected]. Join the movement that is dedicated to creating change, empowering leaders, and impacting the communities of east Tennessee. 

Keep Knoxville Beautiful
2743 Wimpole Ave, #B
Knoxville, TN 37914

Keep Knoxville Beautiful's mission is to promote litter eradication, recycling, and beautification efforts in Knox County communities using education, events, and volunteer engagement. Volunteers plant bulbs and trees during our "beautification mobs," paint over graffiti, and remove litter on our roadsides, public spaces, and in our creeks and rivers. To sign up please visit our website or email [email protected].

Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM)
418 N. Broadway
Knoxville, TN 37917
KARM serves men, women and children through a variety of progressive ministry programs designed to break the cycle of homelessness. Volunteers are always needed. Please call or email [email protected].

Knox Pride
4044A Chapman Hwy.
Knoxville TN 37920
[email protected]

Our developing community and outreach center is a safe place for people to find a home base in the Knoxville LGBTQ+ community. We have resources, referrals, and services for other parts of our community. We also host events, meetings, and allow other groups to come to use our space as a gathering center for their cause. We recently opened  a thrift shop in conjunction with our clothing closet, and a food pantry, and always need help sorting and restocking. 

Knoxville Area Urban League
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 [email protected].

Knoxville Habitat for Humanity
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 Museum of Art (KMA)
Danielle Mann at [email protected] or 865-444-5470

The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, educates and serves a diverse community, enhances Knoxville’s quality of life and economic development, and operates ethically, responsibly, and transparently as a public trust. Do you like art? Do you enjoy talking to people? Then, you should apply to be a Knoxville Museum of Art 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 details, contact Danielle Mann at [email protected] or 865-444-5470.

Knoxville Youth Athletics
Chris Kane at 865-385-6237

The Knoxville Youth Athletics Program was established to focus on developing the sport of track and field and cross country in the local area. The Knoxville Youth Athletics program serves over 10,000 youth per year with 9 Programs and 43 events a year. Volunteers are needed for support for track and field meets and cross country meets.

Knoxville's Race for the Cure
Komen Foundation  
[email protected]
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
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
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
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 [email protected].

Peninsula Hospital and Outpatient Services
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. To volunteer contact [email protected].

Salvation Army
Volunteer Coordinator 
409 N. Broadway 
Knoxville, TN 37917 

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
P.O. Box 34024
Knoxville, TN 37930
Area Co-director: Gina Legg
865-689-9130 x1318 (work), 865-661-7440 (cell)
[email protected]
Area Co-director: Tim Lee
865-539-5498 (work), 865-789-3957 (cell)
[email protected]

The Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, 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.

Subway Race Against Cancer
Thompson Cancer Survival Center
1915 White Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37916

Help with a 5K Run/Walk that benefits Thompson Cancer Survival Center’s Outreach Services program.

Tennessee Valley Golden Retriever Rescue
P.O. Box 32973
Knoxville, TN 37930
[email protected]

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

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 Joy of Music School
Francis Graffeo, Executive Director
1209 Euclid Ave 
Knoxville, TN 37921

The Joy of Music School is a nonprofit organization providing free music lessons for children who cannot afford them. The School also provides instruments, music and supplies at no cost to students. All teachers are volunteers. The school serves hundreds of children every week and is always looking for qualified music mentors to help teach its growing waiting list of students. Music mentors must be proficient at one or more musical instruments and be willing to commit at least a half hour per week for a minimum of one academic school year. Interested volunteers should contact Ed Sublett, Manager of Volunteer Resources at [email protected] or at 865-525-6806. Please send email to [email protected] for more information about The Joy of Music School.

The Love Kitchen
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.

Three Rivers Rambler
Erin Cogburn, Manager
2560 University Commons Way
Knoxville, TN, 37871
865-524-9411 ext. 123

The Three Rivers Rambler is a scenic train excursion located in the heart of Knoxville, TN. We are looking for volunteer conductors for our historic train ride. Volunteer conductors assist with boarding passengers, and answering questions about the area & train, and with cleanup after an excursion. If you enjoy Knoxville’s history and working with people, we would love to hear from you!

United Way of Knoxville
1301 Hannah Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37921

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
4435 Valley View Drive, Suite 104
Knoxville, TN  37917

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 [email protected].

UT Medical Center Volunteer Services Program
1924 Alcoa Hwy.
Knoxville, TN 37920

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

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.

Volunteer East Tennessee
1301 Hannah Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37921

Volunteer East Tennessee inspires service by equipping organizations and mobilizing volunteers to connect with one another and strengthen communities.

Young-Williams Animal Center
3201 Division St.
Knoxville, TN 37919

Young-Williams Animal Center is a non-profit organization serving Knoxville and Knox County that turns no animal away. We are dedicated to the sheltering and placement of animals, general animal welfare, and public education of companion animal issues. Volunteers are critical to the success of our organization and there is something to fit everyone. We have volunteers walk dogs, clean kennels and cages, answer phones, assist with administrative duties, special events, and more! To volunteer contact [email protected] or submit the application on our website.


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.