Volunteers are needed to pre-pack food items for families during COVID-19 response.
Healthy Volunteer Guidelines
If you are taking part in volunteer projects during this time, we ask that you observe the following precautions:
Please do not volunteer if you are sick or feeling unwell.
Please do not volunteer if you have been near someone who is sick.
Please do not volunteer if you have experienced domestic or international travel to high-risk areas with known COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) spread, or travel by cruise, in the previous 14 days.
Please do not volunteer if you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19.
Please do not shake hands with anyone if you are attending a volunteer project.
Please be advised that staff may ask you to leave the volunteer project if you show signs of illness or if you insist on making physical contact.
The Red Cross is continuing to collect blood from healthy individuals during this challenging time by taking extra precautions with screening our blood donors and we are looking for volunteer Blood Donor Screeners.
Blood Donor Screeners greet donors, provide excellent customer service, and manage donor flow at the temp taking station to ensure that donors passing the temp screen are permitted access. This position serves as a gatekeeper by providing additional screening the American Red Cross has implemented in the interest of the safety of the blood supply, recipients, other donors, staff, volunteers and general public health regarding COVID-2019 outbreak.
Blood Donor Screeners will use the following supplies:
Thermometer and probe covers, if applicable
Sani-cloths or Cavi-cide
In addition, Blood Screeners will:
Wear gloves at all times and change them between each donor
Use a new probe cover on an electronic thermometer or a new disposable thermometer for each donor
Check to see if the donor's temperature is acceptable
Advise the donor, if above 99.5 degrees, to defer from donating on current day
Clean the electronic thermometer, probe and probe wiring between each person with Sani-cloth or Cavi-cide
We know that volunteers are eager to give back during these times, and many of our community partners continue to serve their clients during this outbreak. Volunteer East Tennessee is working with Knox County, the City of Knoxville, and our nonprofit partners to determine where volunteers are most needed.
As the needs of our community emerge, organizations are scaling up their responses. For now, we are creating an active volunteer list to communicate needs as they present at a future date.
Please click on the EXPRESS INTEREST button below to be added to the Critical Response Volunteer List.
Continue to check our website and social media channels for updated information about how you can best direct your time to support our community.
Normally, over 950 homebound seniors receive meal deliveries from ~100 volunteers each day in Knox County. As concerns around COVID-19 increase, the need for additional Mobile Meals volunteers will also rise.
At this time, new volunteers are NOT needed. However, please click the EXPRESS INTEREST button below if you are willing to be contacted for future meal delivery volunteer needs.
Deliveries are made Monday - Friday, routes take about 2 hours to complete, and pickup time is anytime between 9:45 am - 11:00 am. A short orientation is conducted before leaving for your first delivery.
Volunteers must be licensed drivers and use their own vehicles for deliveries.
Although social distancing is an effective way to minimize the risk COVID-19 presents to seniors, the feelings of loneliness and depression could rise. Also an increase in errand support is expected in our community. Through friendly, non-clinical conversational language combined with suggestions of healthy activities, and coaching we can help reduce the feeling of loneliness.
We need your help maintaining regular contact with our seniors during the COVID-19 social distancing protocol. Your work will help our seniors keep food in their homes, maintain their medication, and provide errand support as necessary.
Training is provided. Basic technical skills (use of cell phone and/or computer) required.
Call at least three seniors twice a week for at least four weeks. Optional running errands for your seniors.