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Volunteer Opportunities

American Red Cross  -  Adult and youth (ages 14-18) volunteers are needed to staff and participate in emergency, educational, and first aid activities. At the Red Cross, volunteer does not mean amateur. Our volunteers are well trained and valuable team members, often responding first to those with the greatest need and preparing people to prevent disaster.

High School Volunteers: First Aid -Young people are trained to become involved in many areas of the Red Cross, including community disaster education, disaster preparation and community service and fundraising projects through Red Cross clubs in schools. The First Aid Station Team (FAST) helps the community by providing health support at public events. After taking training courses, volunteers can instruct others in CPR, first aid, lifeguarding and water safety.

Disaster-Volunteers from the Knoxville area respond to both local and national disasters. Local disasters include floods, tornadoes, house and apartment fires, and aviation disasters.

Youth Education: Other Opportunities-The Red Cross offers schools a variety of education classes. Trained volunteers take lifesaving information into classrooms to teach children how to be prepared for emergencies. Programs include: Basic Aid Training, Scrubby Bear, Masters of Disaster, Safe on My Own, First Aid Basics and Fire Safety

Armed Forces- Volunteers are always needed at Red Cross headquarters to assist with volunteer recruitment, data entry, mailings, special events and room preparation.  In addition to helping veterans in the Knoxville area, Red Cross Volunteers assist service members to stay in contact with their families during times of crisis. This vital communication can bring a soldier home during a time of need. Requirements: Complete Application, Complete Background Check, Attend Orientation Session, Complete Required Training and Contributions

Nursing- School Health Clinic Parents are able to volunteer in their children’s schools to care for sick and injured children after taking a modified first aid course. The Knoxville Area Red Cross operates a CNA training program. We are always looking for trained nurses to assist in education. We also do blood pressure screening at community events.
In addition to volunteer work, the Red Cross depends on monetary contributions to carry out its work. The American Red Cross is not a government agency; we are a non-profit organization and depend on voluntary contributions of time and money to provide services

Contact: 584-2999

Boy Scouts  -  Unit leaders to work directly with the boys. Currently we are looking for members of the community that are willing to serve as District Committee members and support the scouts in Roane County with tasks such as fund raising and large activity planning. These volunteers do not need to have scouting experience.

Contact: John Weaver  (931) 319-4671


CASA of the Ninth Judicial District - volunteers to answer the phone and work with special events.

Contact: Sandy Weaver (423) 539-5550

Child & Family Crisis Center - For the Family Crisis Center (Domestic Violence Shelter for Women and Children in Knoxville), we need short-term volunteers to help clean vans, organize our donation shed, help with general cleaning and painting of the shelter, etc.
For long-term volunteers, they have to go through the hiring process of an employee, but once they do that, they can help with answering the 24-hour crisis line, complete in-take paperwork for new clients, spend quality one-on-one time with clients, transport clients to appointments, lead activity groups for the clients, help with medications, etc.
Child & Family Child Abuse - We could use volunteers in our Kids on the Block puppet program. If a volunteer is willing and able to drive to Knoxville to train, we would love to have them!

Contact: 521-5605

Child Advocacy Center – Volunteers are needed to keep clients company in the playroom during their visit at Kids First administratively assisting staff with office tasks – copying, shredding, filing, laminating  prepare packets, booklets, handouts for training, building maintenance (odd jobs inside and out),  answering the telephone, fundraising committee assistance providing time, talent and treasures to our annual Soup’s On (January), Back to School Bash (July/August), and Kids Christmas Party (November/December), Newsletters – Quarterly get together to prepare the newsletters for bulk mailing  Puppet Master for our school based prevention program (SCAN)

Contact information:  Denise Dubrule, Administrative Assistant / Volunteer; Coordinator  Phone:  865-986-1505  Email:

Council on Aging & Senior Nutrition - Telephone Reassurance – Contacting designated elderly individuals on a regular weekly basis to ensure their safety and to establish basic social contact.  The calls are made from the Mid-East Community Action Agency offices.  Designated time: 1-2 hours per week.   

Volunteer Drivers – Delivering meals to homebound elderly and disabled individuals in Roane and Loudon Counties.  Must posses a valid driver’s license, and pass background checks.  Designated time:  Typically this is AM hour volunteer work ( for example meals picked up at 8:30 A.M. or 9:00 A.M. and delivered for 30 minutes to 1 hour ).   

Operation “Holiday Cheer”
- volunteers needed to procure needed items, assist is packaging, and delivery of holiday gift packages for elderly and disabled individuals in Roane and Loudon counties.  Designated time:  varies according to your availability.  Begin working on program in October and packages are delivered the 2nd and 3rd week of December. 

Education/Recreation - Need volunteers who can assist with basic computer training class for seniors, and those who would be willing to volunteer to facilitate a class for seniors (painting, crafts, digital photography, etc.)  Designate time:  Based on volunteer’s availability and in conjunction with senior activities calendar.            

Interested individuals can contact the Mid-East Community Action Agency Senior Services department at 354-0450 ext. 228.

Epilepsy Foundation of East Tennessee - We need volunteers to help us process our helmets.  That includes taking the helmets out of boxes, taking the packaging off, sorting them in sizes, attaching stickers and breaking down boxes.  We also use volunteers for Mud Volleyball (we have already had it this year) to help as referees or coordinating parking.  For Golf on Sept 30th, we use volunteers to watch the holes for the hole-in-one prizes;  for Mardi Gras, we use volunteers for decorating on the day of the event.

Contact: Lynn Goad 522-4991

FISH of Roane County – Volunteers to answer phone calls and to coordinate transportation to the doctor; also drivers to transport people to the medical appointments.

Contact: 882-9505

Florence Crittenton/Stars - Landscaping - trimming, mulching, planting, raking, etc.
 Painting - interior/exterior, Tree Trimming, Minimal Office Work, Special Event Volunteers - provide help at the event (to include guest greeters, check in table, parking, etc.) and minor duties prior to event.

Contact: 602-2021

4-H - Volunteer opportunities help with 4-H camp, judging teams, office work, livestock projects, judges for speeches, cooking, posters, demonstrations.

Contact: 376-5558

Girl Scouts - Troup Leaders, Event planners, Treasure, Write a Press Release and help with Cookie sales

Contact: Beth Collman  688-9440

Michael Dunn Center - volunteers are needed in the following areas:

Cleaning – washing windows, dusting blinds, deep cleaning bathrooms and kitchen, cleaning out storage shed, washing vehicles, cleaning carpets, strip and wax floors.

Maintenance – remove namils from old lumber, seal asphalt driveway, pick up donated furniture, weed and mulch flower beds, trim shrubs, trim trees, cut up and haul away fallen trees, spray weed killer, paint a classroom, office or bedroom.

Other – provide backup for the receptionist, hand address envelopes for donor solicitation, manage a department’s annual surveys, coach a Special Olympics sport, provide decorations and refreshments for a party, donate a Christmas or birthday gift for a service recipient, cater a meal for a home or support staff, provide a pizza party for a work crew, a home or classroom, assist a house manager with grocery shopping, teach a class in art, music, drama, dance, exercise, conduct story time, present a concert, play, puppet show, talent show, pet demonstration, etc.

Contact: Wade Creswell  376-3416 


The Roane County Rescue Squad -has been serving Roane County since 1959 and is a member of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads. We provide essential lifesaving services at any time of the day or night, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We are a non-profit organization that is made up of volunteers from all areas of Roane County. Each member volunteers countless hours of their own time to training, responding to emergencies, and performing other community services to the people of Roane County and its visitors. No member receives any compensation for their time or services they provide. Some of the services we provide are: extrication of victims trapped in vehicles, water rescue (including diving, swift water rescue), land searches for missing persons, medically trained 1st responders, heavy rescue ( semi-trucks, farm machinery, earth moving equipment), high & low angle rope rescues, evacuation aid in the event of severe weather or other disaster, confined space rescue, structural space rescue, first aid stand by for various community events, assist other local, state and federal agencies during wide scale emergencies.

For more information on the rescue squad or details on becoming a member stop by any Monday night from 7 pm- 9pm. We are located near the intersection of Hwy 70 and Ruritan Road in Midtown, across from the Drive-In Movie Theater.


Roane County Cooperative Ministries - Can always use additional volunteers at RCCM. Training is by mentoring with an experienced volunteer.

Contact: 376-4779

Roane Imagination Library -  Looks for volunteers to enroll pre-school children in this literacy program.  It also welcomes those interested in grant writing and special events planning.  Tennessee teenagers are invited to join the governor's League of Extraordinary Teens, a group of young adults who enroll pre-schoolers in Imagination Library and raise funds to pay for the children's first year of participation.

Contact: 717-3767

Safe Haven: Crisis and Recovery Center for Sexual Assualt :

Front Office Assistant - Duties include answering the phone, making copies, greeting clients and filing paperwork. For this volunteer opportunity, we desire a reliable, friendly person who can handle answering a multiline phone system.

Crisis Hotline Volunteer - Duties include answering hotline calls, crisis intervention, community resource referral and filling out proper paperwork.  Experience desired, but not required.  Skills needed to fulfill this role include empathy, crisis management skills, patience and ability to multitask. Reliability and a commitment to helping others is necessary. 

Contact: 558-9040

Salvation Army – Needs Board members, bell ringers through the Christmas Holidays, Summer camp volunteers to ride bus with the children.

Contact: 882-7711

Second Harvest - needs groups of volunteers sized from 5-15 people to help sort donated canned goods and package food boxes for distribution to hunger relief agencies across 18 counties. Volunteers must be aged 12 and up and should work comfortably in a warehouse environment.

Contact: John Bell 521-0000 or for more information.

Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service, Inc
- answering phones in the office 10 – 20 hours a week.

Contact: Gale Chandler  245-8165

Volunteer Fire Departments –

East Roane County Volunteer Fire Department  covers almost 90 Square miles in beautiful East Roane county.  We have 5 Fire Station covering the communities in our response area and are 100% volunteer. Members who want to volunteer, and live in our coverage area can get training as either a Firefighter, Emergency Medical Responders or join as an Auxiliary member to help out around the stations and fire scenes. For additional information please join us on the 2nd Thursday night each month at 853 New Midway Road, Kingston, TN.

Contact David Maupin, Chief at 865-376-4170 or email

West Roane County - is always looking for volunteer firefighters. Duties include: Training, Structural Firefighting, Wild land Firefighting, Fire Pump Operations, Rescue - Vehicle Extrication,  Hazardous Materials Response, Normal Station duties, Fundraising. Also if they wish a new member can receive Emergency Medical First Responder Training.

Contact: Tom Van Dalen  354-8201

United Way of Roane County