Volunteer

We welcome you to Catholic Charities and hope that we can provide you with the type of volunteer experience you are seeking. Your gifts of time, skill and caring assist our staff in meeting their responsibilities and enhance the lives of our clients. Our volunteer opportunities are as varied as our programs and services.

It is important to note that all staff and volunteers who will be in contact with clients on a regular or ongoing basis are required to participate in a short training and to pass a background check; some programs may also require fingerprinting. Individual volunteers with direct client contact on a regular basis are asked to help cover the first $50.00 toward the cost of the background check. Catholic Charities bears all additional costs of screening.

Select your region below to explore volunteer opportunities in your area. Thank you for your interest in Catholic Charities!

Select Region:   Chattanooga    Knoxville    Tri-Cities   


Special Event Volunteers
Annual Dinner Gala
Usually held in March, proceeds benefit all Chattanooga area programs and services.
 
Pregnancy Help Center Annual Golf Tournament
An open tournament, usually held in June. All proceeds benefit Chattanooga Pregnancy Help Center.
 
Annual Bake Sale
Held at area Catholic Churches the 2nd weekend in November, this delicious event is a large community-wide bake sale. Proceeds benefit Chattanooga area homeless individuals who have HIV/AIDS at The Home Place
 
The Home Place
Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer Positions at The Home Place are currently full. Please check with another program. Thank you.
 
Interfaith Senior Services
Transportation and non-medical case management services for homebound seniors.
Senior Transport Volunteer
Transport clients to medical appointments in a safe and caring manner. Time commitment 5- 20 hours per month. You will be given two weeks’ notice for any scheduled appointments.
 
Volunteer Opportunities for Chattanooga Area Groups
Adopt-a-Spot
Our two Chattanooga facilities have ongoing needs for grounds and building maintenance, such as: Spring and fall cleaning of windows and other exterior surfaces Grounds clean-up, planting, mulching and weeding Seasonal assistance at The Home Place with flower beds and vegetable garden
 
Parties with a Purpose
A Party with a Purpose (PWP) is a gathering of friends, family, business associates or other acquaintances, hosted by friends of Catholic Charities, to raise awareness of and funds for the agency’s programs and services. PWPs are planned and hosted entirely by volunteers.
PWP Host
The format can be as casual or as formal as you like. Parties held to date have ranged from backyard cookouts to catered wine tastings, and everything in between. They have also been hosted by couples, individuals and groups. Ideas, copies of PWP invitations and advice from other hosts are all available.
 

Samaritan Place
Be-a-Friend
Encourage socialization of guests, particularly the new or socially isolated, through participation in group activities. Time commitment: 2-8 hours per month
 
Activities Assistant
Help staff plan and implement interactive activities or entertainment for residents and guests. Time commitment: 2-8 hours per month
 
Columbus Home Children’s Services
Tutor for boys, 12- to 17-years-old, in reading, English and math
Strong competency in the tutored subject area is required, bachelor’s degree preferred. Must be at least 25 years old. Time commitment: 4-12 hours per month
 
Observer for court-ordered supervised visitation between children and their non-custodial parent.
Must be at least 25 years old; training provided. Time commitment: 2-4 hours per week. Must commit to once every other week.
 
Co-facilitator for Parenting Education Seminars
Training provided. Must have experience facilitating groups. Classes meet every Thursday 5 to 8pm. Time commitment could be ongoing or bi monthly.
 
Toy Cleaner - a happy job!
Sort, clean and sanitize toys used by young guests. Time commitment: This can be a one time job or ongoing monthly 2-8 hours.
 
Provide a watermelon or ice cream party for the Children’s Emergency Shelter.
Must be at least 18 years old to participate. Afternoons between 1 and 4 would be great.
 
Children's Emergency Shelter Arts/crafts activities
Must be 8 years old. Time can be arranged with the Program Manager.
 
CHAP I office assistance
Flexible time scheduled with Program Manager.
 
Horizon Housing
Daily life skills
Lead sessions on general welfare including hygiene, laundry and maintaining a healthy life style.
 
Cooking Classes
Lead cooking and baking classes teaching residents how to prepare healthy meals. Flexible time Monday through Friday between 9am and 4pm.
 
Gardening Classes
Assist residents with planting and growing vegetables. Flexible time Monday through Friday between 9am and 4pm.
 
Office of Immigrant Services
Office of Immigrant Services Office Assistant
Administrative support in the office. Flexible hours any time Monday through Friday between 9am and 4pm.
 
Pregnancy and Adoption Services
Pregnancy Center Advisor
Work with clients one-on-one and/or over the phone to assess clients needs and provide information. Training provided.
 
Pregnancy Help Center Fundraising Coordinator
Assist with baby bottle drives by stuffing bottles and scheduling drives. Flexible time.
 
Pregnancy Help Center Clothes Coordinator
Organize and find resources for maternity and baby items. Monday and Wednesday between 10am and 2pm.
 
Other Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals
Bilingual Office Hospitality Volunteer
For Office of Immigrant Services. Greet clients, answer phones and facilitate intake process. Must speak Spanish and English fluently. Time commitment minimum of 4 hours per week
 
Food Pick-Up
Assist kitchen staff in weekly pick-up from Second Harvest food bank.
 
Crazy Quilt Friendship Center - Campbell County
Sorters and taggers for thrift store. Scheduling flexible.
 
Special Event Volunteers
An Emerald O'ccasion
Annual Dinner Gala, held each March. Proceeds benefit all area programs and services.
 
Common Good Golf Classic
An open tournament, held in late spring at Cherokee Country Club. Proceeds benefit all area programs and services.
 
Kids Helping Kids Fun Walk
Children's activities, food, and a fun walk all benefit Columbus Home Children's Services.
 
Parties with a Purpose
A Party with a Purpose (PWP) is a gathering of friends, family, business associates or other acquaintances, hosted by friends of Catholic Charities, to raise awareness of and funds for the agency’s programs and services. PWPs are planned and hosted entirely by volunteers.
PWP Host
The format can be as casual or as formal as you like. Parties held to date have ranged from backyard cookouts to catered wine tastings, and everything in between. They have also been hosted by couples, individuals and groups. Ideas, copies of PWP invitations and advice from other hosts are all available.
 
Volunteer Opportunities for Knoxville Area Groups
Transitional Housing
Assist with transporting furniture and appliances for transitional housing clients and for general donation pick-up. Schedule is as needed; regular pick-up day for general donations could be established based on group’s availability.
 
Adopt-a-Spot
Our three Knoxville facilities have ongoing needs for grounds and building maintenance, such as: Spring and fall cleaning of windows and other exterior surfaces Grounds clean-up, planting, mulching and weeding (to keep expenses low we only contract for mowing) Seasonal assistance in the Samaritan Place courtyard with flower beds and vegetable garden
 
Live Social!
Provide dinner and/or social time for Columbus Home Group Home boys or Samaritan Place seniors, with opportunity to stay for games, movie or other appropriate activity.
 
Playground Patrol
Clean and maintain outdoor toys and playground equipment at Columbus Home’s Children’s Emergency Shelter and/or Parent Place location(s).
 
Party Animals
Throw a party for residential clients for holiday celebrations or "just because."
 
Adopt-a-Program
Children, families and seniors in our Columbus Home Children’s Services, Samaritan Place and transitional housing programs need assistance year-round with seasonal clothing, hygiene and household items.
 

Volunteer Opportunities for Tri-Cities Area Groups
Food Bank Pick-Up
Assist with weekly pick-up of food pantry items from Second Harvest Food Bank; truck or van desirable.
 
Adopt-a-Family
The families with children who are served by our transitional housing program need assistance year-round with seasonal clothing, hygiene and household items.
 
Annual Dinner Committee
All proceeds benefit Tri-Cities area programs and services.
Event Planning
Help structure the event, from food to publicity, and everything in between. A wide range of skills and talents are needed, and it's a great way to get to know other CCETN volunteers!
 
Dinner Ticket/Table Sales
Be the CCETN Annual Dinner ambassador to your church, club or community, and help us fill seats and tables. What an enjoyable evening for all, especially when all dollars raised help the poorest and most vulnerable in Northeast Tennessee!
 
Appalachian Family Housing
Pick up donated items
Assist as needed with picking up donated furniture and other household items. Must have a truck and be able to lift heavy items. Schedule is as needed and at times is needed on short notice.
 
Office of Immigrant Services
Office of Immigrant Services Office Assistant
Administrative support in the office. Flexible hours any time Monday through Friday between 9am and 4pm.
 
Parties with a Purpose
A Party with a Purpose (PWP) is a gathering of friends, family, business associates or other acquaintances, hosted by friends of Catholic Charities, to raise awareness of and funds for the agency’s programs and services. PWPs are planned and hosted entirely by volunteers.
PWP Host
The format can be as casual or as formal as you like. Parties held to date have ranged from backyard cookouts to catered wine tastings, and everything in between. They have also been hosted by couples, individuals and groups. Ideas, copies of PWP invitations and advice from other hosts are all available.
 



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