Volunteer and Community Service Opportunities for Teens In The Tri-Cities
Get Your Teen Involved With Volunteering
If you have been looking for a thorough list of teen volunteer opportunities right here in the Tri-Cities (and just beyond) you have found it! Student volunteers are needed now.
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Summer is right around the corner and that means that our teens are going to find themselves with a bunch of free time. This post is to encourage everyone to take some of that time and transform it into time well spent by volunteering! There are so many volunteer opportunities available in the Tri-Cities.
The teen years represent a critical time in our lives and opportunities to serve your community can help to improve self-esteem, develop a good work ethic, give our teens a sense of purpose, reduce their stress levels and even improve their overall health plus so much more. Teen volunteer opportunities right here in the Tri-Cities can even help our youth navigate their way toward their future career!
Holston Habitat for Humanity
Contact: Mandy at 423-239-7689
Holston Habitat for Humanity has several volunteer opportunities this summer! Teens ages 14 through 18 can volunteer at either of the Restore locations (Johnson City or Kingsport). There is no minimum time requirement, so as little as an hour is greatly appreciated.
If your teen is interested in volunteering for a build, there is an opportunity to assist with a new home in Jonesborough. This one begins in April. There are morning and afternoon shifts available. For more details on Volunteer Opportunities with Holston Habitat for Humanity click here.
Johnson City Parks and Recreation Life Guard Positions
American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course
Location: Freedom Hall Pool
Pre-tests consist of a non-stop 300-meter swim, 2 minutes of treading water using no hands and, a 20-meter brick dive in deep water with no goggles. The pre-test must be completed before enrollment into class.
Contact: Rachel Evans – 423-434-5754
Cost: $200 per person
Description: Classes run two weekends in a row. This course is for those interested in becoming a certified lifeguard. Upon completion of the course, the participant will be certified in lifeguarding, first aid, CPR Pro and AED essentials.
One Acre Cafe – A Community Restaurant for Everyone
603 W Walnut St, Johnson City, TN 37604
Contact: Heather Logan at (423) 483-0517
The mission of One Acre Cafe is to nourish the body, replenish the spirit, and grow the community so that all might be fed. Their Vision is to see all of our community members, regardless of their means, dining together and supporting one another in building the strength and health of our community. And you can be a part of that!
If you have as little as an hour a week to volunteer, One Acre Cafe could use your help.
*Ages 14-15 do require an adult to accompany them.*
One Acre Cafe is a fun place to volunteer! You can help set up, man the drink station, wait tables, greet the guests, and much more.
Website: One Acre Cafe
Kingsport Police Department – Explorer Program
Employees of the Kingsport Police Department, with sponsorship and funding by the F.O.P, established a Law Enforcement Explorer Post in 1988. Explorers are a branch of the Boy Scouts of America. Our Explorer, Post #185, is an organization that enables young adults, male and female, to participate in many types of educational and recreational activities. The purpose of this program is to allow young adults who are interested in law enforcement as a career, to learn and experience the many aspects of this type of occupation.
At each of our weekly meetings, guest speakers are invited to discuss their field of expertise. These topics relate to the many aspects of law enforcement and some of the more recent meetings included topics on the following:
- Tactical Training on Self-Defense/Handcuffing Procedure
- Basic Firearms Familiarization
- Crime Scene Investigation
- Radio Communications
- Report Writing
- Crime Prevention
- Traffic Direction and Investigation
Explorers are issued special uniforms identifying each person as a member of the Kingsport Explorer Post. Being an Explorer means that you are willing to make a commitment to becoming an active member of this unique group of individuals. It provides an opportunity to learn about law enforcement, but to have fun while doing so. This program is currently overseen by Patrolman Justin McConnell and Officer Andrew Goddard.
You can access the application here.-
Warrior’s Path Volunteer Fire Department – Junior Firefighter’s Program
1908 Moreland Dr, Kingsport, TN 37663
Warrior’s Path Junior Firefighter’s Program is accepting new volunteers now! This training is extensive and a valuable asset any teen could benefit from. Volunteer’s are trained in every area and accompany the Fire Department on all calls. While they cannot work a fire until they are eighteen, they will be fully prepared when that time comes. In the meantime, they are still able to assist with any calls the Fire Department responds to.
Age Requirement: 15 – 18 years
Volunteers meet for training every Monday at 7 pm and every second Saturday of every month. During the school year the time requirement is 5 hours a month and during the summer it is twelve hours a month. An online class is required but students have six months to complete and it can be done from the Fire Hall.
To apply please visit the station and pick up your paper application.
Johnson City Public Library
100 W Millard St, Johnson City, TN 37604
Contact (423) 434-4450
T has volunteered at Johnson City Public Library for a few years now and it has always been one of his favorite volunteer opportunities. This summer they have opens for ages twelve and up to volunteer one hour a week either in Youth Services or Technical Services. We highly recommend this opportunity.
They have also received a grant to start a new project, called Stories To Service! A quarterly book club paired with a community service project. This is an incredible opportunity to have teens participate in a far-reaching volunteer opportunity that will impact lives in a big way! Watch the video above to get a better feel for the program as well to see some of the example projects they will be taking on!
Elizabethton Public Library
201 N Sycamore St, Elizabethton, TN 37643
Teens ages 15 to 18 are welcome to volunteer at the Elizabethton Public Library. Volunteers can assist with several different programs which vary throughout the summer such as story time and crafts programs. No minimum daily shift time is required.
Elizabethton Public Library Volunteer hours are qualifying community service hours for TN Promise and National Honor Society Programs.
You can grab an application at the front desk at the library.
Sullivan County Animal Shelter
380 Massengill Rd. Blountville, TN 37617
Volunteer as little as 30 minutes at a time to walk the dogs, help socialize the cats in the Cat Room, or bathe the dogs! This group is always looking for volunteers and they and their fur babies need your help now. Drop in to pick up an application from Monday through Saturday from 12:30 to 5:30. Please note they are closed on Thursdays and Sundays.
Ages 14 and 15 must be accompanied by an adult. 16 through 18 are good to go it solo.
Small Miracles Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center
1026 Rock Springs Drive – Kingsport, TN 37664
Contact: Amanda Haun
Volunteers will be needed for SM’s Therapeutic Horsemanship Program, Positive Youth Development Program, and Horses Empower Heroes Program (18+) throughout the week.
There is also a lot of fun to be had as a part of the Small Miracles’ Barn Team Monday – Friday during the Summer from 10:00-5:00.
Greater Kingsport YMCA
Contact Dustin Sims: 423-765-9722
1840 Meadowview Pkwy, Kingsport, TN 37660
The YMCA in Kingsport is in need of volunteers in many different areas. Teens ages 16 to 18 can become Program Volunteers, Faculty Volunteers, Special Events Volunteers, and much more. You can apply online here.
Paleontological Assistants at Gray Fossil Site
1212 Suncrest Dr. – Gray TN 37615
Contact: Shawn Haugrud
email: Shawn Haugrud
Age Requirement: 15 and up
Many volunteer positions are currently available, primarily assisting in the field, because of the recent discovery of a nearly complete mastodon skeleton. Gray Fossil Site paleontologists are seeking dedicated people to help recover this and other specimens.
Volunteers will work side-by-side with the crew, excavating the massive bones and wet-screening the sediment produced during the dig.
By joining the museum team, volunteers become part of a unique group of dedicated individuals who can be found in nearly every area of the site. Whether digging in the pits, screening sediment, picking concentrate, or working alongside museum curators, there are many important ways in which volunteers contribute.
The museum offers volunteer training and orientation annually in the spring. Training and orientation are required, and the museum cannot accept new volunteers outside of the orientation dates. Volunteers must be 15 or older.
Candy Striper at Johnson City Medical Center or Franklin Woods Hospital
Contact Andy Holt at (423) 431-6059
Application for Franklin Woods here.
Application for Johnson City Medical Center here.
Volunteers ages 16 and up can help at the Gift Shop, become a Navigator helping people find their way around the hospital, or work the information desk. Find more information here.
Bristol Regional Hospital
1 Medical Park Blvd, Bristol, TN 37620
Contact: Becky Blevins at 423-844-2831
Age Requirement: Junior Volunteers must be 14 years old or have completed the eighth grade. Volunteers are needed in over thirty areas of the hospital! Everything from assembling patient packets to pushing wheelchairs and so much more. Two three-week sessions are open for applications now. These fill up really quickly so if interested it’s best to apply right now. You can call or email and request an application be mailed to you.
Carter County Youth Tobacco/Substance Abuse Board
Contact Jilian Reece
The Board is open to any middle school or high school student in the region.
Work toward the prevention of teen binge drinking, tobacco use & prescription drug abuse & misuse. As you can imagine, the best way to reach teens is through teens! Any teen is welcome to join the monthly meeting and then get involved with peer-led community activities and education! Teen Volunteers attend 25+ community events each year across the region to raise awareness of the dangers of substance abuse.
This group provides the opportunity for Board Members to attend annual training each year so they know how to talk to their peers and really understand what the issues are. These are usually overnight conferences and are lots of fun
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