United Way of Greater Knoxville launches annual holiday volunteer guide

November 20, 2023

United Way of Greater Knoxville (UWGK) is excited to launch its annual “Holiday Guide to Volunteering” as part of its Volunteer East Tennessee (VETN) program. The guide serves as a one-stop resource where individuals, families, corporations and groups can find local volunteer opportunities during the holidays. This comprehensive online resource provides dozens of opportunities that are available through January 2024. Explore the guide at uwgk.org/vol.

Find out how to give back to our community with United Way of Greater Knoxville’s Holiday Guide to Volunteering at uwgk.org/vol.

Working alongside more than 200 VETN partners, UWGK has curated the list of volunteer needs, allowing community members to find a match for their schedule and interests. Listings are regularly updated with new opportunities, and they are categorized into six cause areas: Arts & Culture, Environment & Animals, Health & Wellness, Hunger & Homelessness, Child & Youth Services and Senior Services. The array of options ensures that all volunteers can find an experience that resonates with them. 

“No matter where your passions lie, there is a volunteer opportunity that will allow you to make a meaningful impact in your community during the holiday season,” said Kate Barnett, UWGK’s community engagement manager. “Whether you’re passionate about providing food to your neighbors, spreading holiday cheer or contributing to a cause you hold dear, there’s a volunteer role for you.”

UWGK has connected thousands of volunteers with local nonprofits through its holiday volunteer guide and year-round opportunities, establishing lasting relationships and strengthening the community. In 2023, UWGK has matched volunteers with local nonprofits for 9,281 volunteer needs.

“The annual Holiday Guide to Volunteering is a great tool that gets the word out to people who are excited and actively looking for ways to volunteer around the holidays,” said Macey Dance, Gatlinburg Convention Center and Visitors Bureau’s event manager. “It helps minimize the struggle of finding that necessary support and connects us to people who really want to be involved and make a difference in their community.”

The holiday volunteer guide exemplifies UWGK’s commitment to improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community, especially during this season of giving. Regardless of age, skill set or availability, there are opportunities for everyone to get involved and make a positive difference.

Learn more about how to volunteer or support the initiative at uwgk.org/vol or by contacting Barnett at [email protected].

About United Way of Greater Knoxville

United Way of Greater Knoxville (UWGK) is part of United Way Worldwide, the largest charitable organization in the world. With over 100 years of impacting our community, we are proud to be the problem-solvers actively working to create a community where all our Knoxville neighbors can thrive. 

Our mission is to create an equitable community through partnerships, impact and commitment to transformation. Today, we support over 90 nonprofit organizations and impact areas such as health, education and economic mobility.

UWGK is committed to being a change-maker in our community, creating a more equitable Knoxville with stable housing, financial security, quality early care and education, access to food and more. For more information, visit uwgk.org.