Volunteer Tennessee Announces Two Funding Opportunities 

Volunteer Tennessee, Tennessee’s governor-appointed commission on volunteerism and service, announces the availability of Volunteer Center and Youth Civic Engagement grants. Both opportunities will allow organizations to utilize service as a vehicle for addressing critical needs throughout the state. 

Volunteer Center grants allow Volunteer Centers to assist Volunteer Tennessee in carrying out responsibilities outlined in the National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended and the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. Volunteer Tennessee seeks applications from Volunteer Centers to carry out these responsibilities in local communities in Tennessee. Volunteer Centers are defined as an official volunteer center registered with the Points of Light Institute/HandsOn Network, a United Way volunteer center, or other non-profit organization that can clearly demonstrate that it performs the functions of a Volunteer Center at the city or county level. 

Youth Civic Engagement grants are designed to involve young people between the ages of five and seventeen in service-learning projects that simultaneously support student development and meet community needs in areas such as the environment, education, healthy futures, disaster services, and other unmet needs. Volunteer Tennessee seeks applications from organizations that will use service learning to carry out these responsibilities in local communities in Tennessee.

Volunteer Tennessee will offer a webinar to introduce potential applicants to Volunteer Tennessee and to go into detail about the funding notices on Thursday, August 29 at 1:00 p.m. CDT. Potential applicants can visit the Volunteer Tennessee website www.volunteertennessee.net for more details on the webinar and to access a recording following the webinar. Volunteer Tennessee strongly encourages new and re-competing applicants to attend the Grant Information Session webinar.

Applications are due Monday, September 16, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. CDT. To learn more about these funding opportunities, visit the Funding Opportunities page on Volunteer Tennessee’s web site www.volunteertennessee.net or contact Volunteer Tennessee at [email protected] 


Volunteer Tennessee is the Governor’s commission on volunteerism and service. Its mission is to encourage volunteerism and community service. Annually, Volunteer Tennessee provides more than $5 million in AmeriCorps and other grants to local agencies throughout the state so they can engage volunteers to meet community needs in education,environment, public safety, human needs, and homeland security. The commission consists of a 25-member, bi-partisan volunteer citizen board appointed by the Governor and eleven State Government ex-officio positions.

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Save the Date

July 31st, 2019


Please add these upcoming dates and events to your appointment calendars


8/14, at 10 a.m. Central

Comfort of your own desk  

ALICE webinar for UWTN members, staff, and volunteers


9/13, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Central 

Offices of United Way of Rutherford & Cannon Counties

 3050 Medical Center Pkwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 

Bootcamp for all Tennessee United Ways participating in ALICE

9/20, at 9 a.m. Central

Offices of United Way of Metropolitan Nashville

250 Venture Cir, Nashville, TN 37228  

ALICE media launch

9/20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central 

Offices of United Way of Metropolitan Nashville

250 Venture Cir, Nashville, TN 37228 

Quarterly UWTN Meeting

9/27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central

Offices of United Way of Rutherford & Cannon Counties

3050 Medical Center Pkwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Quarterly Tennessee Afterschool Network meeting

12/6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST

Offices of United Way of Blount County

1615 E Broadway Ave, Maryville, TN 37804

Quarterly UWTN Meeting

12/13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central

Offices of United Way of Rutherford & Cannon Counties

3050 Medical Center Pkwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 

Quarterly Tennessee Afterschool Network meeting



Tuesday, April 28 to Friday, May 1

Greenville, South Carolina 

United Way Southeast Regional Conference

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2-1-1: Helping Communities and People Thrive

Caterina* lost her job in September. The 32-year-old single mom faced eviction, and her utilities were about to be shut off. She reached out to a local agency for emergency help but didn’t qualify with no proof of future income. Caterina and her 10-month-old were ont he verge of homelessness.

A friend told her to call 2-1-1, a nation-wide service that handles more than 12 million requests for help every year.

When Caterina called 2-1-1 in Cleveland, she was immediately connected with Anika,* who listened intently and asked a few questions. Once she understood Caterina’s situation, Anika was able to connect her to rent and utilities assistance, as well as free supplies for her baby. Anika also offered useful tips for navigating local health and human service agencies.With clear information about next steps, Caterina felt hopeful about keep her baby safe while getting back to work.

Asking for help is not always easy. It’s hard to know where to turn, what to ask and how to navigate bureaucracy on one’sown. But many of us are just one financial crisis away from Caterina’s situation. A recent Federal Reserve study found that 40 percent of American adults don’t have enough savings to cover a $400 emergency. Losing our jobs –or not getting paid for a month during a government shutdown – can bring many of us close to the edge.

Derek* found himself in that place after losing his job. After a few weeks of intense job-hunting, he’d gotten an interview for a good, full-time position. But the day before his interview,Derek’s car broke down. He’d already drained his savings on bills. Neither friends nor family had the ability to loan him money, or to take off work to get him to his interview. In a panic, Derek called 2-1-1 in Orlando. He was relieved to find that he would be able to make it to his interview the next day, thanks to a free Lyft ride through 2-1-1. A few days later, Derek called back to thank 2-1-1 – and to let them know that he’d be starting his new job the following week.

*Names changed to protect privacy

In 2018, 2-1-1s across the United States: 

·     Made 4.9 million connections to address and prevent homelessness.

·     Received 350,000+ requests for transportation assistance. Thanks to a partnership with Lyft, more than 12,000 free rides were dispatched to get people to job interviews, medical appointments and other critical appointments.​

If you or someone you know needs help, simply visit 211.org or dial 2-1-1 to speak with a highly trained service professional in your area. All calls are private and confidential.

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