We believe that the most powerful force is the individual who has realized their power to do good.  Volunteer East Tennessee serves the nine county region of Anderson, Blount, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Roane, Sevier and Union Counties with the goal of promoting ways to serve and improve the communities of East Tennessee.

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Volunteer East Tennessee inspires service by equipping organizations and mobilizing volunteers to connect with one another and strengthen communities.


2014 Volunteer Knoxville is formed; a dedicated volunteer as a gift for the community to promote service and commemorate Leadership Knoxville’s 30th Anniversary 

2016 Volunteer Knoxville became Volunteer East Tennessee to better serve the region and opened the Volunteer Reception Center in response to the wildfires in Sevier County.

2017 Discontinued daily operations in Sevier County after more than 21,000 volunteers served over 90,000 in disaster recovery efforts

2018 In just four years, over 23,000 active volunteer accounts were created via VolunteerETN.org

2019 Organized KnoxGives a community-wide day of service in conjunction with the United Way of Greater Knoxville’s Big Give on Giving Tuesday fundraising event

2021 Volunteer East Tennessee and United Way of Greater Knoxville merge to create one of the largest volunteer-oriented nonprofits in the state of Tennessee

Alyson Gallaher

Executive Director
865-582-4085 ext 291

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Amelea Everett

Program Director
865-582-4085 ext 277

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Advisory Committee

Committee Chairman
Tommy Schmid
Bank of Tennessee

John Billings
TCV Trust & Wealth Management

Annette Brun
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Amy Cathey
The University of Tennessee Knoxville
Haslam College of Business

Rachael Ellis
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee

Ian Hennessey
London & Amburn, P.C.

Frank Rothermel
Denark Construction

Joe Sutter
United States Air Force, Col., Ret.

Nathan Woods
Rather & Kittrell Wealth Management