Find the Perfect Project

Welcome to United Way of Greater Knoxville’s Spring Volunteer Guide! Explore regularly updated opportunities from April through June to find the right fit for you.

Whether you’re an individual seeking a fulfilling opportunity, a family teaching your children the importance of giving back, a group hoping to gather friends for a fun experience, or a corporation interested in making an impact, we have volunteer opportunities to fit your needs.

May 3

Maynard Elementary School needs volunteers for their Spring Carnival. Help students, families, staff and the community celebrate the school year.

May 10-11

Dogwood Arts needs volunteers for their annual Southern Skies Music Festival. Help set up, check-in volunteers, sell tickets and more at this fun event.

Ongoing

Nourish Knoxville is looking for volunteers for the Market Square Farmers Market. Set up, lead kids activities, help customers and more!

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Festivals and
Events

April 13
Spring Craft Fair
Marble Springs State Historic Site

April 18-24
WDVX Fund Drive Phone Volunteers
Cumberland Communities Communication Corporation (WDVX)

April 22
Friendship Dinner Craft Volunteer ⒻⒼ
Sertoma

April 22-23
Special Olympics Track and Field
Special Olympics East Tennessee

April 27
Annual Veterans Heritage Ridge Run ⒻⒼ
Veteran Heritage Site Foundation

May 2-3
Street Rod Nationals South
Team Knoxville Volunteers

May 4
Butterfly Run ⒻⒼ
Friends of TN’s Babies with Special Needs

May 4
Listen for Life 5K ⒻⒼ
Contact Care Line

May 10-11
Southern Skies Festival
Dogwood Arts

May 11
Muse at Books and Bikes
Muse Knoxville

May 11
Mudder’s Day Mud Run 5K/10K ⒻⒼ
Harmony

May 18
Gatlinburg’s Inaugural Handcrafted Festival
Gatlinburg Convention Center and Visitors Bureau

May 25-26
A Taste of Tennessee Music and Food Festival
Makers Incorporated

June 3 – August 2
Summer Camp ⒻⒼ
MUSE Knoxville

June 8
Summer Marketplace ⒻⒼ
Historic Ramsey House

June 15
Silver Sprint 5K ⒻⒼ
ALLCares

Ongoing
New Harvest Farmers Market
Nourish Knoxville

Ongoing
Market Square Farmers Market
Nourish Knoxville

Senior
Services

Ongoing
Volunteer at Ijams Nature Center
CAC Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

Ongoing
Mobile Meals Volunteer
CAC Mobile Meals

Ongoing
Drive Blount County Seniors 
CAC Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

Ongoing
Drive Knox County Seniors
CAC Volunteer Assisted Transportation

Child and
Youth Services

May 3
Spring Carnival
Maynard Elementary

May 7-20
Book Giveaway
For the Love of Reading

May 17-18
SneakerBall Volunteer
Maynard Elementary

May 18
Girls on the Run Spring 5K Face Painters
Girls on the Run of Greater Knoxville

Through May 18
Girls on the Run Coach
Girls on the Run of Greater Knoxville

June 3 – July 26
Summer Art Academy
Knoxville Museum of Art

Ongoing
Exhibit Floor Support
Muse Knoxville

Environment and Animals

April 11-24
Tremont Campus Cleanup Days
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont

April 12
Watts Bar Lake – Annual Tennessee River Grand Slam Cleanup
Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful

April 14
Chickamauga Lake – Annual Tennessee River Grand Slam Cleanup
Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful

Health and
Wellness

April 14
Family Friendsy Event
Widowed Parent Relief Project

Ongoing
Family Friend
Widowed Parent Relief Project

Hunger and Homelessness

Multiple Shifts in April
Product Recovery ⒻⒼ
Second Harvest Food Bank

We Love Our Volunteers!

Knox Area Rescue Ministries

Volunteers, Chuck & Lizzie

Chuck and Lizzie have been faithful volunteers at Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) since 2019. They wake up before the sun rises to serve breakfast to guests at KARM five days a week. The couple also serves in the Berea program weekly and regularly shares volunteer opportunities with their friends and family. 

Chuck and Lizzie build relationships with the guests, staff, and volunteers. They truly care about our guests and do everything they can to bring a smile and some laughter into their lives.

YWCA - Phyllis Wheatley Center

Volunteer, Rosee

Meet Rosee, an outstanding leader in our community. Rosee has committed her Sundays to helping the YWCA – Phyllis Wheatly Center spread a little sunshine through her amazing artistic gifts! She’s been painting murals of color and inspirational words to brighten up the Phyllis Wheatly Center. Thanks for bringing so much beauty to our community, Rosee!

I know just how important a welcoming, open, affirming environment is for people, especially young people. I wanted to do my part to create this environment.

Dogwood ElemenTary School

Volunteers, Kelley & Stella

Kelley and Stella are regular volunteers at Dogwood Elementary School. Kelley is on the school’s steering committee, outdoor coalition and Community Schools’ event planning committee. She and her daughter participate in just about every event Community Schools hosts, and they are never hesitant to lend a helping hand when last minute needs arise.

They are pros when it comes to anything outdoors, and they are an amazing source of information when we have questions. Their dedication to Dogwood is what Community Schools is all about.

About Volunteer East Tennessee

Volunteer East Tennessee (VETN) is a program of the United Way of Greater Knoxville. It serves as the region’s volunteer center, a match-maker between community volunteers and nonprofit organizations. Local volunteers have the ability to choose from over 200 organizations with posted needs to serve their community. Click here to get started as a nonprofit partner or volunteer.