Service Learning Opportunities

We encourage faculty to explore the rich and varied opportunities offered within these agencies for developing the qualities of citizenship we seek in our students. If this is more than an individual volunteer effort, or you would like the Center for Civic Advancement to set up a volunteer effort with any of the following organizations, please contact Rachel Edens ( or Ext. 5216).

Below is an extensive listing of area and regional agency contacts and information on service opportunities.

Adult Day Services
603 Bert Street, Box #3
Johnson City, TN 37601
Phone: 423-928-8855 (Pamela Gardner)
This goal-oriented program works to keep elders active and functional. Activities are provided to improve physical strength and dexterity for each client while providing staff an opportunity to praise each client, improving their self-esteem. The goal of the program is to reduce premature institutional placement. Work with clients one-on-one or in group activities; provide parties, play games or do simple crafts.

Adventa Hospice Program **
Amedisys Hospice Care
127 Serral Drive, Suite 1
Greeneville, TN 37745
Phone: 423-638-2707
Hospice is a comprehensive health care program that offers physical, emotional and spiritual support to terminally ill patients and their caregivers. Hospice care is provided to patients in their home or, when there is no available caregiver, in a nursing facility. The purpose is to provide the best quality of life possible for the patient. Provide companionship to terminally ill patients while regular caregivers have time off. This could involve reading, writing letters, light housekeeping or cooking tasks, etc.
**Twelve hour training program, Hepatitis and TB tests and three references required.

Adventist Community Services Center
120 Idletime Drive
Greeneville, TN 37743
Phone: 423-639-7127
The Center serves those in need of food, clothing, and other resources in our community. It is open Tues. mornings: 9-1:00. Conduct a food or basic needs drive. Work in center, sort clothes, help with special projects, etc.

Alternative Learning Program
Greeneville City Schools Central Office
Phone: 423-787-8000
This program is for at-risk high school students needs role models, tutors and mentors.

American Red Cross
Greene County Chapter
218 North Main Street, Suite 3
Greeneville, TN 37745
Phone: 423-638-6441

Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
101 North College Street
Greeneville, TN 37743
Mailing Address: 121 Monument Ave, Greeneville, TN 37743
Phone: 423-639-3711/Visitor Center 423-638-3551
Learn about local and national history while serving as tour guides on these historic properties. Work on short term research projects, or help clean up grave markers in the National Cemetery.

ARCH (Appalachian Regional Coalition on Homelessness)
P.O. Box 3797
321 West Walnut St.
Johnson City, TN 37604
Phone: 423-928-2724 (Dreama Shreve) or 423-926-8177 (Don Minor)
Meetings held at Boones Creek Christian Church, second Tuesday of every month at 1:30 p.m.
(305 Christian Church Road, Gray, TN 37615)
The Coalition includes service providers from eight counties in NE Tennessee. In Johnson City, these include Good Samaritan Ministries, Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), the Johnson City Downtown Clinic, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Veterans Administration Mountain Home offices, The Salvation Army, and the Johnson City Office of Community Development among other organizations. (See list below for more on these agencies.)
Types of service opportunities include data gathering (surveying); research projects; basic needs drives; food preparation and service; working with transitional housing; and IHN projects. Services to ARCH itself could include helping with Point-in-Time counts; developing promotional and fund-raising materials, etc.

Big Creek People in Action (BCPIA)
HC 32 Box 541
War, WV 24892
Phone: 304-875-3418 or 304-875-4259 (Marsha Timpson)
Explore a variety of Service-Learning and CBR possibilities in this economically depressed, southern-most county in West Virginia. BCPIA links a vision for social change with economic opportunity and sustainable community development. Based on priorities set by the community, BCPIA has an array of services and endeavors targeted at empowering families and revitalizing communities. Although first-hand experience on-site is very valuable, much work on projects can be done without leaving Greeneville.

Boys and Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County
740 W. Church Street
Greeneville, TN 37745
Phone: 423-787-9334/423-787-9322 (Scott Bullington/Cathy Osborne)
Work with children in after-school program. Teach sports, crafts, supervise or mentor. Find sponsors and help plan and carry out monthly birthday parties at the Club.

Child Advocacy Center
200 Main Street
Mosheim, TN 37818
Phone: 423-422-4446 (Deana Hicks)
Their mission is to combat child sexual abuse and severe child physical abuse in the counties of the Third Judicial District, Hawkins, Hancock, Hamblen and Greene, by coordinating and providing services to children and families in crisis in a safe and caring environment.

The Children’s Center
119 Fairgrounds Road
Greeneville, TN 37745
Phone: 423-638-5589 (Virginia Waddell)
Operated by Holston United Methodist Home for Children. Provides child care for infants through preschool children.

CHIPS, Inc. (Change is Possible)
P.O. Box 78
Erwin, TN 37650
Phone: 423-743-0022/423-388-8281
Shelter for victims of domestic violence. Serves Unicoi, Carter, and Greene counties. Clothing for women and children and basic needs are welcomed.

Comcare, Inc.
100 Pennsylvania Ave.
Greeneville, TN 37743
Phone: 423-638-3926 (Nancy Theissen)
Provides ongoing programs for those with developmental disabilities. Various projects and activities such as parties and entertainment with the clients are welcomed.

The Crumley House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center
300 Urbana Road
Limestone, TN 37681
Phone: 423-257-3644 (Wayne Hunigan)
Activities may include spending time with clients, music therapy, computer lab, greenhouse or gardening, horseback riding, crafts, etc. They have an Equestrian Event in September where additional help is needed.

Doak House Museum
P.O. Box 5026
Tusculum College
Phone: 423-636-8554 (Leah Walker)
Tusculum’s own on-campus museum offers easy access to help with unique special events and seasonal activities carried out by the museum program staff.

Educational Center of Greene County (ACCESS)
Hal Henard Elementary School
993 Hal Henard Rd
Greeneville, TN 37743
Phone: 423-798-2646
The after school program consists of both enrichment and academic activities for 80 students in grades 2-5. They operate from 3:30 to 5:00 Monday-Thursday. They would very much like to have more people support these needy young children and assist them however possible.

Forest Service (USDA)
Cherokee National Forest
Nolichucky-Unaka Ranger Dist.
4900 Asheville Hwy.
Greeneville, TN 37743
Phone: 423-638-4109
Variety of outdoor projects; produce slide shows, update information boards at different sites. Set up and give programs to promote Fire Prevention Week in schools in October. Archeological field inventory, historical research.

Free Will Baptist Family Ministries
90 Stanley Lane
Greeneville, TN 37743
Phone: 423-639-9449
Tutor or mentor students or work with them in sports programs in this residential program for troubled children.

George Clem Multicultural Association
326 Davis Street
Greeneville, TN 37743
Phone: 423-798-9592 (Gene Maddox)
Mentors needed for students. Various projects such as historical research, etc., in this grass-roots-neighborhood organization.

Good Samaritan Ministries
100 N. Roan St.
Johnson City, TN 37605
Phone: 423-928-0288 or 423-928-2798
Variety of programs to help low income families and individuals, including food pantry and feeding program which also offer students opportunities for providing service.

Greene County Habitat for Humanity
2460 W Andrew Johnson Hwy
Greeneville, TN 37743
Phone: 423-638-1338 (Vicki Culbertson)
Help with housing construction for low-income families; fund-raisers, newsletter, resale store, education.

Greene County Literacy Program
215 College St.
Greeneville, TN 37745
Phone: 423-638-2512

Greene County Skills
130 Bob Smith Blvd.
Greeneville, TN 37745
Phone: 423-798-7100
This agency provides habilitation, vocational, residential, and employment services and support to persons with disabilities in Greeneville, Greene and Hamblen Counties. Their goal is to assist each person in reaching their highest level of independence. Services might include market research, grant writing, conducting an agency evaluation, telecommunications, becoming a client advocate.

GreenePets Foster Network, Inc.
CrittersWork Service Dog Partners, Inc.
All Creatures Country Club
345 Kitchen Branch Rd
Greeneville, TN 37743
Phone: 423-638-8716 (Kat Rollins)
Provides temporary homes for unwanted and stray animals.

Greene Valley Developmental Center
4850 E Andrew Johnson Hwy.
Greeneville, TN 37745
Phone: 423-787-6800/423-787-6644 (Gayle Armstrong)
Residents with developmental disabilities welcome someone to spend time or read with them; teach a simple skill or craft.

Greeneville Adult Education
215 North College Street
Greeneville, TN 37745
Phone: 423-638-2512 (Kim Gass)
Tutors needed for students from high school age through adults including basic literary and life skills. Teach or tutor ESL classes.

Greeneville/Greene County Community Ministries (Food Bank)
107 N. Cutler Street
Greeneville, TN 37743
Phone: 423-638-1667 (Carmen Ricker)
This association is an ecumenical ministry of the churches of Greeneville and Greene County to serve the needy with food, shelter, utilities, heating, medications, advocacy and other necessities of life. Interview prospective clients; prepare stocks of supplies for distribution. Conduct a food and/or basic needs drive for them. Help with fundraising at Christmas season.

Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society
950 Hal Henard Rd.
Greeneville, TN 37744
Phone: 423-639-4771 (Amy Bowman)
Exercise and socialize animals at the shelter to help prepare them for adoption. Help with humane education in schools and civic organizations. Help with fundraising. Write articles for newsletter. Prepare video for use with civic organizations. Hours: 11-5:00 Mon-Sat.

Holston United Methodist Home for Children
404 Holston Drive
Greeneville, TN 37743
Phone: 423-638-4171 (Laura Phillips)
Act as a mentor or tutor to students in Beacon School, work with preschoolers. Help with special events and activities such as the Fall Festival. They especially need help with art and music instruction.

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Johnson City
P.O. Box 205
Johnson City, TN 37605
Phone: 423-929-9967
This network of churches, local service agencies and volunteers responds to the need many families have to find housing. Between June 1999 and June 2000, there were 480 children between the ages of 0-17 who were homeless in Johnson City. Families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. Perform office work or tutor children in this unique program for homeless families, or help with other special projects.

Keep Greene Beautiful
Greene County Partnership
115 Academy Street
Greeneville, TN 37743
Phone: 423-638-4111 (Jennifer Reynolds)
Participate in litter cleanup campaigns with Candy providing advance preparation/training for your students. Wear “Talking Tree” costume at schools, festivals, etc., teaching children about the importance of trees to the environment. Participate in special events benefiting the environment.

Laughlin Memorial Hospital
1420 Tusculum Blvd.
Greeneville, TN 37745
Phone: 423-787-5069 (Volunteer Services)
Provide service in many areas of hospital, depending on interests. (Morning hours or weekends are busiest and best times.) Application process, training, and physical exam are required. Strict confidentiality must be maintained. Possible placements include the Infant/Toddler program.

Main Street: Greeneville
310 S. Main Street
Greeneville, TN 37743
Phone: 423-639-7102 (Jann L. Mirkov)
Across the country, Main Street programs are charged with the revitalization of America’s downtowns. Local projects might include historical research of city buildings or developing a book of sample tours of Greeneville for children.

Nathanael Greene Museum
101 West McKee Street
Greeneville, TN 37743
Phone: 423-636-1558 (Earl Fletcher)
Help with painting, exhibit moving, cataloging, etc. in this museum devoted to the history of Greeneville and Greene County. Work in the hands-on children’s room on Saturday mornings.

Negro Women’s Civic Club
326 Davis Street
Greeneville, TN 37743
Phone: 423-798-9592
This club has provided service to the community for more than 50 years. Possible projects could include clearing a local cemetery, work at the clubhouse or community research.

Of One Accord Ministry
306 East Main Street
P.O. Box 207
Rogersville, TN 37857
Phone: 423-921-8044
Church Hill Free Medical Clinic – Church Hill Shopping Plaza, Church Hill TN 37642
Phone: 423-256-2408
Emergency Services Food Pantry – Church Hill Shopping Plaza, Church Hill, TN 37642
Phone: 423-357-7228
The Shepherd’s Center Thrift Store & Food Pantry – 306 E. Main Street, Rogersville, TN 37857
Phone: 423-272-4626
This organization has several locations in Hawkins and Hancock counties that serve their communities in a wide variety of ways. They operate a medical clinic, food pantry, and thrift store, but also provide computer classes, home repairs, and free counseling among others services.

Opportunity House Homeless Shelter
203 North Irish Street
Greeneville, TN 37745
Phone: 423-638-4099 (Vicky Smith)
This facility can shelter up to 26 people, with separate floors for men and women. It is a family-type support base emphasizing God and individual responsibilities. Their mission is to help the homeless find shelter, food, and a permanent solution to their homelessness. Classes may help with upkeep on the house, conduct basic needs drives, special projects, or work in the thrift store. Revenue from the store helps support the shelter.

Plaza Tower Apartments
224 Thornwood Drive
Greeneville, TN 37745
Phone: 423-787-7840 (Bay Ferguson)
This is a rent-subsidized residential apartment building serving senior citizens. Help organize and present programs such as crafts, storytelling, music, drama and poetry. Play pool, chess, bingo, etc. with residents. Help them with computer skills, including e-mail.

Public Defender-State of Tennessee
Mike Walcher
407 W. 5th North St.
Morristown, TN 37814
Phone: 423-235-6739 (Morristown office) / 423-638-2456 (Greeneville office)
Learn about court system and citizens who have been accused of crimes and cannot afford to pay for an attorney. Ability to maintain client confidentiality is required.

Roby Fitzgerald Adult Center
203 North College Street
Greeneville, TN 37745
Phone: 423-639-3128 (Glenda Blazer)
Work with senior citizens in this day center on activities such as crafts, share a skill with them, provide entertainment, etc.

Ronald McDonald House, Southern Appalachian
418 N. State of Franklin Road
Johnson City, TN 37604
Phone: 423-975-5437
A ten bedroom, 14,000 sq. ft. house provides a temporary home for families with children in crisis. Greene County is the second highest user of the House in northeast Tennessee. Rooms are cleaned daily and meals prepared so the house is clean and inviting for the families. The yard is also quite large and is always in need of landscaping, weeding and cleaning.

Rural Resources
2870 Holly Creek Road
Greeneville, TN 37745
Phone: 423-636-8171 (Sally Causey)
Rural Resources is committed to connecting food, farms and families in Greene County and the surrounding area. Ongoing work includes educational projects designed to address specific needs and interests of local farmers, gardeners, and consumers of agricultural goods. Community-based programs are focused on sustainable agriculture education, development of new agriculture markets and land discussion initiatives that begin ongoing conversations about the land.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee
127 Dillon Court
Gray, TN 37615
Phone: 423-477-4053
America’s Second Harvest is the United States’ largest domestic hunger relief organization, with a network of over 200 food banks and food-rescue programs. The regional Food Bank serves 250 agencies in Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties. Their vision is that no one goes hungry because they do not have access to food. Help in the warehouse, possibly labeling cans; conduct a food drive; secure donors for the “Second Helpings” program that salvages prepared food; help find locations for food pantries.

Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice
1117 Tusculum Blvd
Greeneville, TN 37743
Phone: 423-636-8006
Nursing Home needs help with activities with Seniors.

Tabernacle Mission Soup Kitchen
Tabernacle Presbyterian Church
715 Wesley Avenue
Greeneville, TN 37743
Phone: Carolyn Treece 423-638-7878 / Anna Maddox 423-972-9712 / Naomi Anderson 423-638-5235
Lunch is served every Wednesday between 11:30 and 2 for anyone who needs it. Help may be given cooking, serving, or possibly advertising the opportunity to the community.

Takoma Regional Hospital
401 Takoma Avenue
Greeneville, TN 37743
Phone: 423-798-8136 (Linda Riley)
Provide service in different areas of hospital, such as physical therapy or radiology, depending on interests.

United Way of Greene County
115 Academy Street
Greeneville, TN 37743
Phone: 423-639-9361 (Wendy Peay)
This umbrella organization is dedicated to raising funds in the most efficient, effective way possible to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another. Perform data entry, office work, help with fundraising, promote United Way organizations, etc.

YES (Youth Emergency Shelter, Inc.)
320 W. 3rd North St.
Morristown, TN 37814
Phone: 423-586-7740 (Eddie Davis)
Temporary emergency shelter for Tennessee children who have been abused, abandoned, neglected or in trouble with the Juvenile Court. In operation since 1979, YES serves about 400 children per year, from 40 counties in TN and runaways from 46 states.

404 Y Street
Greeneville, TN 37745
Phone: 423-639-6107 (Mike Hollowell)
Coach youth teams (soccer, basketball, baseball). Officiate ball games. Act as Scorekeeper. Work in child care: camp counselor, after school care, life guard, fitness center attendant.

* * * * * To add your agency to this list or to make revisions, please contact Rachel Edens – Program Coordinator of the Center for Civic Advancement at Tusculum College: (423) 636-7327 / email: * * * * *