Through their service, Ijams Field Trip Volunteers work in an outdoor setting, gaining practical teaching experience, furthering their knowledge of the natural world, and developing useful skills in a non-profit setting at one of Tennessee’s premier education centers, Ijams Nature Center. Field Trip Volunteer should be enthusiastic, energetic individuals with a love of the outdoors. They assist the center in fulfilling its mission to develop and maintain the property as a wildlife sanctuary, to increase knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the natural world, and provide quality environmental educational programs and nature-related experiences.
Ijams Field Trip Volunteers assist the staff with environmental education programs, and they may participate in special Ijams events and functions. These Volunteers assist with On-site programs (on Ijams Nature Center property) and, occasionally, Outreach education programs (at education facilities in and around Knox County). They work with students, teachers, and other school personnel to deliver environmental education programs for grades pre-K through 12. Additional duties and goals pertaining to general environmental education are also involved.
It's time for MEDIC's annual Orange and Blue Blood Collection Competition! For 36 years, MEDIC and Kentucky Blood Center have competed for one week during November to see who can collect the most blood. It's a busy week for our staff and we would love help greeting donors and making sure our canteen is stocked with refreshments.
Emergency Food Helpers is a coalition of food pantries in Knox County working together to alleviate hunger in our community. EFSP Food Distribution is a fun day of working in a warehouse to help organize and distribute emergency food supplies to a large number of area food pantries.
We will be distributing emergeny SFBs (standard food bags) that each feed a family of four for three days. Pantries receive shelf-stable items such as canned meat and vegetables, rice, cackers, non-fat dry milk, breakfast drinks, fruit, applesauce, and other foods. These items many pantries would otherwise go without; as funds and resources are limited.
Volunteers for this Food Distribution are vital components in the battle to combat food insecurity in the Knoxville area.
Volunteers are encouraged to wear closed toed shoes, and will be asked to lift boxes and bags of approximately 20+ lbs. As you arrive, look for the gathering group of volunteers in front of the four warehouse bay doors. There will be a brief welcome and introduction followed by ~2.5 hours of manual labor service.
Legacy Housing Foundation’s signature fundraising event and Cajun-themed dance party, Fais Do-Do, is coming up on Friday, Nov. 22! Once again, The Standard at 416 W. Jackson will be transformed into a Cajun dance hall with sizzling two-stepping tunes and authentic south Louisiana sound.
The party itself will be from 7 - 10pm, with set-up starting at 3pm and tear-down ending at approximately 11pm. Volunteers needed for 3 hour shifts beginning at 3pm but are welcome to stay til the end. Once you've signed up to volunteer, someone will reach out to you to discuss the details.
Four-time Grammy-Nominated Pine Leaf Boys will headline the show. The world-renown Cajun band presents their own brand of Louisiana music reviving ancient songs and bringing them to the bandstand. They put a rock and roll spin on old fashion dance hall standards to create a sound for the ears as well as the feet. Rolling Stone said the band is “the next best thing to a Saturday night dance in Lafayette!” Roux du Bayou will open the set with a repertoire that includes French and Creole ballads and plenty of present-day Cajun sound.
Legacy Housing Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves subsidized housing communities throughout East Tennessee by providing programs and goods for individuals and families with limited income. All proceeds from Fais Do-Do will go toward the Foundation.
November is when we give thanks for things and people in our lives. What better way to give thanks for the new ADA trail and pedestrian bridge than by working alongside the staff of Seven Islands State Birding Park to clean up the litter and debris along the sides of the new trail.
Please meet at the Bluebird Barn by the main parking lot on Kelly Ln at 9:00 am. If you have your own work gloves, please bring them with you. There is a drinking water fountain near the bathrooms, however, we encourage volunteers to bring a water bottle with you.
If you have any questions regarding this volunteer day, please contact Seasonal Ranger Stephanie Mueller at email@example.com or by cell phone 715-630-6848.