Volunteer and Community Service Opportunities at the Change Center

What are the eligibility criteria to volunteer at the Change Center?

All persons interested in volunteering at the Change Center must complete an application.  In addition, individuals who volunteer to work with youth under the age of eighteen must submit to a background check.  This background check will be conducted by Net Gain Mobile Diagnostics. The cost of the background check is $25.00 at the expense of the volunteer.

If I am volunteering my time why should I submit to a background screen?

Non-profits must screen volunteers preventing individuals with certain crimes from being a part of their organization.  Background checks are often legislated and the non-profit has a certain level of due diligence and responsibility, especially when working with vulnerable populations such as youth.

In what areas of the Change Center will individuals be able to volunteer?

Areas identified, but not limited to, where individuals will be able to volunteer are:

Receptionist Area, Chaperone, Parking Lot Patrol, Tutoring, Job Skills Training, Lobby Entrance, Assembly of Stage, Facility Maintenance (painting, etc.) and Cleanup.  When special events are held during the week and part-time student employees are in school the assistance of volunteers may be needed.

Will volunteers have to go through a training before they can volunteer?

Volunteers will have an on-the job training with the supervisor of designated areas.

Is there a minimum age limit to volunteer at the Change Center?

The minimum age for volunteering at the Change Center is sixteen years of age.  

Who should I contact if interested in volunteering at the Change Center?

Individuals should contact Dr. Kathy Sims, Director of Human Resources, at (865) 951-1567, or via email at kathysims@changecenterknoxville.com

Volunteer Application

Thank you for your interest in being a volunteer at the Change Center! We believe that the Change Center is truly a special place and we are always looking for like-minded individuals who want to help further our vision of having a cool place for teens and young adults that encourages hope and transforms our community through work and play. 

The information on this form will be kept confidential and used to help us identify the most satisfying and appropriate volunteer opportunity for you.  In addition to this application, depending on the area you choose to volunteer, you may be asked to participate in a training designed for our volunteers and complete a background check.  The background check fee is $25.00, borne at the expense of the volunteer, and is payable to the Change Center. The Change Center will provide the necessary paperwork and information you will need to complete this task.  

Volunteer or Community Service Hours will be completed during the Change Center’s regular operating hours, which are:

  • Monday - CLOSED

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday – 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

  • Friday – 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

  • Saturday – 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

  • Sunday – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Thank you for being a part of the change!

Name *
Address *
Date of Birth *
Date of Birth
Phone *
If unemployed, please write "unemployed" or "N/A"
If unemployed please write "unemployed" or "N/A"
Interests *
Please indicate with a check mark the area(s) you are interested in volunteering. Areas noted with an (*) will require volunteer to have a background check.
If you marked Tutoring, Job Skills Training, or Other in "Interests" please provide additional information on the specific area or subject you would like to focus on.
If none, type "N/A"
Emergency Contact Name *
Emergency Contact Name
Emergency Contact Phone *
Emergency Contact Phone
Our Policy *
Please read and review prior to submission: It is the policy of the Change Center to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, age, or disability. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ As a volunteer at the Change Center, I agree to abide by the policies and procedures. I understand that I will be volunteering at my own risk and that the organization, its employees, Board of Directors, and affiliates, cannot assume any responsibility for any liability for any accident, injury or health problem which may arise from any volunteer work I perform for the organization. I agree that all the work I do is on a volunteer basis and I am not eligible to receive any monetary payment or reward. I understand that individuals who volunteer to work with youth under the age of eighteen must submit to a background check (at the volunteer’s expense). If you agree to these terms and conditions, please sign below.