Service is a part of being a Tennessee Volunteer, and the Center for Leadership & Service along with the Leadership & Service Ambassadors, strives to provide students with ample opportunities to give back to the community. Opportunities are provided on a weekly and monthly basis. To sign up for a service experience that seems like a good fit for you, first find the opportunity using the calendar below, then click here to sign up to serve! It really is that simple! Once you have signed up, a Leadership & Service Ambassador will be in touch with more details!
Community Partners- have an event you would like to get listed on the calendar? Click here to submit a request!
You can also view a variety of service opportunities available throughout the Knoxville area by clicking here to access the United Way of Greater Knoxville's online Volunteer Center where you can search for volunteer opportunities by interest area and/or date! Don't forget to track your service hours each time you volunteer!
Community partners, click here for more information on how to get students involved in your service opportunities.
Service in the CLS often falls in one of the following outreach areas. Read below for more info!
The Animal Outreach program provides UT students the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Knoxville’s animals and the people in their lives. To accomplish this, our volunteers spend their time at the Young-Williams Animal Center, Humane Society and Mane Support, to name a few. Volunteers walk dogs, play with cats, clean kennels and help with various fundraisers to further the reach of these agencies.
For more information, please contact the Animal Outreach program coordinators.
The Global Outreach program provides UT students the opportunity to raise awareness and coordinate volunteer opportunities that will benefit populations outside of our country. Volunteers for this program will have the opportunity to work with local agencies such as Bridge Refugee Services and Catholic Charities of East Tennessee who both provide services to immigrants and refugees relocating to Knoxville. In addition, this position would help coordinate emergency relief efforts on our campus for global crisis situations like the Haitian earthquake in January 2010.
The Healthcare and Hospitals program allows UT students the opportunity to make a difference and volunteer with our local hospitals and affiliated organizations. Students have worked with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Baptist Hospital, Parkwest, Thompson Cancer Center, and UT Medical Center. Student volunteers also work with various medical non-profit organizations such as the Red Cross and Remote Area Medical.
For more information, please contact the Healthcare and Hospitals program coordinators.
Hunger and Homelessness outreach allow a UT students the opportunity to alleviate the problems of hunger and homelessness in the Knoxville area and participate in fundraising events the Ramadan Fast-A-Thon. Student volunteers work with several agencies including, but not limited to, the Love Kitchen (a local soup kitchen recently featured on ‘Secret Millionaire’), the Crop Walk, Lost Sheep, Water Angels and the Salvation Army.
For more information, please contact the Hunger & Homelessness program coordinators.
Environmental Outreach allows UT students the opportunity to beautify their community. Student volunteers participate in tree plantings, litter pick-ups, flyer clean-ups around UT’s campus and park clean-ups with South Knoxville Beautification, IJAMS Nature Center, Friends of the Fort, and other local environmental agencies such as Beardsley Community Farm.
For more information, please contact the Knoxville Beautification program coordinators.
The Literacy Outreach program helps the youth and community of Knoxville realize their potential for literacy and what this potential will provide for them. Volunteers with the Literacy/Youth Outreach program read to children at local Elementary schools and at the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.Volunteers also assist at any of the 10 local Boys and Girls clubs or at the Pond Gap Community School.
For more information about getting involved, please contact the Literacy program coordinators.
The Special Persons Outreach program provides UT students with the opportunity to work with and learn from individuals with specific needs. Whether working with and advocating for senior citizens, or special needs individuals, students outreach to a variety of populations to assist with recreational, mentorship, and fundraising activities. Opportunities for service are primarily through Sunshine Industries, Special Olympics of Greater Knoxville, Arbor Terrace, Northaven Health Care and various disability associations around Knoxville. Each spring, there is a Special Olympics Unified Bowling League, at the ‘Down Under’ Campus bowling lanes, pairing Special Olympics athletes one-on-one with UT students for six weeks of competition and fun. Service opportunities for shorter-term commitments include hosting event parties for various organizations, assisting Special Olympics with specific competitions, volunteering with "Senior" proms, playing board games, painging fingernails, hosting bingo tournaments and assisting with the occasional weekend-long Vision Camp.
For more information, please contact the Special Populations program coordinators.
Women’s Outreach programs allow UT students the opportunity to focus on issues facing women and single-parent families. Volunteers spend time at abuse shelters, the Florence Crittenton Agency, Knoxville Area Rescue Mission (KARM) and with various homeless shelters dedicated to women and children. Student volunteers also coordinate toy and toiletry drives, make blankets for shelters and spread the word about women-focused speakers and events on campus.
For more information, please contact the Women’s Issues program coordinators.
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