CAC Volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities

AmeriCorps Volunteer Opportunities

Year round opportunities abound! You can make a difference in Knox County Schools, neighborhoods, with seniors and in the local environment. Over 14,000 CAC AmeriCorps volunteers have provided 9,000 lbs. of food for the hungry; improved home safety for hundreds of seniors and cleaned 355 tons of litter from area creeks. There is a way to serve the community through AmeriCorps using your unique gifts!

For individualized volunteer opportunities, please call the CAC AmeriCorps office at 546-3500.

For current volunteer opportunities, go to and search for “CAC AmeriCorps”

AMOS (Affordable Medicine Options for Seniors)

Contact Peggy Ransom at 524-2786 email

  • Talk to elderly people about the costs of their medicines. Training is provided about consumer issues related to prescription drugs.
  • Use databases on the Internet to match a consumer’s needs to discounts, free medicines, and insurance.
  • Help consumers complete application forms and pick up their medicines.
  • Clerical help.

Beardsley Community Farm

Contact Khann Chov at 546-8446 or 556-2299 or by email:

  • Weed and water flowers and vegetables and help with general maintenance on our urban farm
  • Serve on Beardsley Farm Advisory Committee.

Foster Grandparent Program

Contact Toija Sandifer at 524-2786 or by Email:

Foster Grandparent volunteers provide support services in educational settings to children with special or exceptional needs.  Qualified individuals can receive a tax-free hourly stipend, mileage reimbursement, and training.  This is a volunteer program, not to be confused with foster care.

Foster Grandparent Volunteers assist with:

  • Developing reading, writing, math, and spelling skills
  • Promoting development of self care, motor skills, task orientation
  • Being a role model, mentor, and friend to children with exceptional needs

Please Note: In order to protect the children at all volunteer stations, there is a screening process for all Foster Grandparent Volunteers.

Head Start

Contact Head Start at 522-2193 or by email

Volunteer your time to do landscaping and yard work: trimming shrubs, picking up trash, painting playground equipment, weeding, etc.

Volunteer to read to children, talk to children, play with children, and work on the computer with children.

Please note: In order to protect the children in our care, there is a screening process for all Head Start volunteers.


Contact Misty Goodwin at 524-2786 by email:

Volunteers are needed to to take program participants to meet and pick out pets at a local animal shelter as well as taking these pets of homebound seniors to a vet.

Mobile Meals

Contact Shelly Woodrick or Judith Pelot at 524-2786 or by email: or

  • Deliver Mobile Meals to local seniors in all areas of Knoxville and Knox County (Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.). You can volunteer every day, one day a week, one day a month, or any amount of time you can spare. We have routes that are designed to accommodate lunch hour schedules.
  • Help pack and count food Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Mobile Meals Kitchen. We also have opportunities for groups to do special projects at the kitchen.
  • Help answer telephones and do clerical work at the Senior Nutrition offices, Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. We also have opportunities for special projects.

O’Connor Senior Center

Contact Sue Massingill at 523-1135 or by email:

  • Clerical help.
  • Use your talents and experience to instruct classes or lead activities.
  • Work with Health Services program to provide health screenings (Blood pressure, etc.)

Project LIVE (Living Independently Through Volunteer Efforts)

Contact Misty Goodwin at 524-2786 or by email:

  • Install safety devices in homes of frail and elderly persons.
  • Help frail elderly persons with packing and unpacking their belongings when they relocate.
  • Volunteer to perform minor home repairs such as repairing a dripping faucet, replacing a bro-ken window, or installing a grab bar in the bathroom.

RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program)

Contact Eden Slater at 524-2786 or by email:

RSVP offers many volunteer opportunities for seniors. After a brief telephone conversation or personal interview, the RSVP staff will match you with a volunteer opportunity that uniquely fits your interests.

Senior Companion Program

Contact Florence Dills at 524-2786 or by email:

Senior Companion volunteers provide support services to older persons who have unmet physical, mental, or social needs.  Qualified individuals can receive a tax-free hourly stipend, mileage reimbursement, and training.

Senior Companion Volunteers assist with:

  • Personal care
  • Assistance with meal preparation
  • Social interaction
  • Light Housekeeping
  • Recreational activities
  • Respite for caregivers

Please Note: In order to protect the seniors in our community, there is a screening process for all Senior Companion Volunteers

Volunteer Assisted Transportation (VAT)

Contact VAT at 524-2786 or by e-mail:

  • Provide safe, accessible transportation services in agency-owned vehicles to seniors and persons with disabilities who require assistance to travel safely. Training provided. (All training costs covered by the program.)
  • Stay with riders and provide assistance at appointments, grocery shopping and other errands.
  • Ensure riders make it safely to their destinations. First Aid & CPR certification
  • Prius hybrid & wheelchair accessible minivan orientation
  • AAA Driver Improvement Program (As a volunteer driver you’ll receive a AAA membership discount!)

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Contact VITA at 546-3500 or email

  • Provide Free income tax preparation for low to moderate income individuals and families in Knoxville/Knox County and surrounding counties. IRS training and certification is provided in tax preparation.
  • Tax Services are provided at the L.T. Ross building year round. The East CAC Center provided tax services during the tax season by appointment.
  • Volunteers provide tax assistance in a friendly, compassionate and confidential atmosphere.
  • The bulk of the volunteers hours are during the months of January through mid April. Year round tax preparation services are offered, but on a much smaller scale.
  • Volunteer for a shift that fits your schedule. Daytime and evening volunteer hours are available.
  • Besides preparing taxes, we need volunteers that will greet clients with a smile and help them fill out forms and insure they have all the correct information for tax preparation.

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Contact Information

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 51650
Knoxville, TN 37950-1650

L.T. Ross Building
2247 Western Avenue

Phone: (865) 546-3500
Fax: (865) 546-0832


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