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 CAC Mobile Meals program is the home-delivered meal program for senior citizens in Knoxville and Knox County (called Meals-On-Wheels in other areas). Mobile Meals are delivered to over 1,000 homebound seniors, every day Monday - Friday to every zip code in Knoxville. With the increase in client count since the COVID-19 crisis we are now serving more seniors than ever and have 70 routes daily to cover. Deliveries 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. Volunteer opportunities are available seasonally (summer with kids), regularly scheduled weekly, bi-weekly, monthly route, or as a substitute whenever you are available.
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.
Most volunteers are assigned 1 or 2 seniors to call. Volunteers develop a positive and supportive relationship with their seniors by calling each of their seniors twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursday anytime from 9:00-12:00.
Optional running errands for your seniors.
You can volunteer with BBBS-ETN from the comfort of your home!
1. Host an online activity for Matches.
2. Lead trainings for Bigs, Littles, and families.
3. Help BBBS-ETN ensure families' essential needs are met.
Learn more about virtual volunteer opportunities by emailing Development@TennesseeBig.org!