Knoxville, Tennessee offers all you need to get outdoors, enjoy a great show, or just relax. However, there is much more than just entertainment – there are dozens of opportunities to give back to the community and serve. Whether you are looking for volunteer experiences for yourself, a large group, or even a family of all ages, here are eight ways you can volunteer in Knoxville.
1. Books for the Homebound
Books for the Homebound is a program that provides books and audio recordings to residents who have disabilities or lack the means to visit the library themselves. You can volunteer and deliver these materials to individuals all over Knox County.
2. CASA of East Tennessee
If you want to make a difference in the life of a small child, CASA of East Tennessee should be at the top of your list. This program works with attorneys, medical professionals, social workers, volunteers, and more to advocate for the best interest of children who have been neglected or abused in Eastern Tennessee. When you sign up as a volunteer, you will receive extensive training to prepare you for the job.
3. Eastern Tennessee Historical Society
The Eastern Tennessee Historical Society is always in need of volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks and assignments. These tasks can range from conducting research to providing tours. You will want to contact the historical society for immediate volunteer needs.
4. Keep Knoxville Beautiful
Keep Knoxville Beautiful is an excellent way to volunteer in large groups and make a big difference. When volunteering, you complete projects around Knoxville to improve its natural beauty. Projects can include removing graffiti, picking up litter, planting flowers, etc. You can also learn more about this organization and upcoming volunteer events by visiting their table at the Market Square Farmer’s Market.
5. Knoxville Youth Athletics
If you love sports and want to share that love with others, the Knoxville Youth Athletics is an excellent way to volunteer your time. This organization works with thousands of local youth every year to teach them about track and field and cross country events in the community. Volunteers are regularly needed to assist with track meets and other events for Knoxville’s youth.
6. Knoxville Zoo
For youth looking for volunteer opportunities, the Knoxville Zoo is one of the best. Volunteers conduct educational programs for guests, assist zookeepers, help with events, etc. There are certain requirements to become a volunteer and you must be willing to commit to at least 50 hours of service within the year.
7. The Love Kitchen
When you volunteer at the Love Kitchen, you can provide food, clothing, and other essential items to those in need. When volunteering, you can help prepare and deliver food to those who are homeless, homebound, or in financial need. Large groups are welcome.
8. Young Williams Animal Center
If you love and care for animals, you are needed at the Young Williams Animal Center. There is an assortment of volunteer duties such as meeting visitors and walking the animals. Like many other organizations, there are some requirements that must be met before you can volunteer.
Whether you wish to give back to the community, or you are looking for activities for yourself or your entire family, Knoxville provides dozens of opportunities. For more information on activities and events in Knoxville, don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter.