Seniors Changing Lives: Volunteer Your Time

Did you know? Sharing your time and talents can change lives, while also improving your mental and physical health. That’s why millions of seniors stay active and engaged in their local communities through volunteering. Here’s how seniors in Knoxville can lend a hand around town and volunteer.

Help a Furry Friend

Assist your local humane society caring for rescue dogs and cats, and helping with animal adoptions. Regular animal interactions can also benefit your emotional, physical, and mental health.

In Your Neighborhood: This Knoxville-area Humane Society is the longest-standing animal shelter in Tennessee. Register for a volunteer orientation to learn how you can help.

Share Your Talents

Have a specific skill or interest? There are plenty of opportunities to pool knowledge and give back to others. Sharing your skills and experience helps those in need, but it also can give your self-confidence a boost and keep your mind active.

In Your Neighborhood: Do you love to cook or drive? The Love Kitchen provides meals to the homebound and homeless in Knoxville. Volunteers help prepare and deliver food weekly. Apply on their website to volunteer.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Many organizations focus on gardening, building, and clean-up projects to improve the local landscape. Engaging in outdoor activities may elevate your mood and physical health.

In Your Neighborhood: Keep Knoxville Beautiful volunteers plant bulbs and trees, paint over graffiti, remove litter in public spaces, and much more. Get more information on the organization’s website.

Teach, Tutor, or Mentor Youth

Share your expertise and life experiences with tomorrow’s grownups. Intergenerational relationships are mutually beneficial, providing a greater sense of purpose and self-confidence to both adult and child.

In Your Neighborhood: Big Brothers, Big Sisters of East Tennessee pairs a supportive adult mentor with a child facing adversity. Learn how to make an impact on a young person’s life.

With these resources, finding the right volunteer opportunity is just a few clicks away. Prime Independent Living understands the importance of giving back, which is why we support our Prime Ambassadors and Innovators dedicated to living a life of service.

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