8 East Tennessee Non-Profits That Need You

A little charity goes a LONG way, and Knoxville is home to a few not-for-profits you might not realize! Check out some of our favorite locally-operated non-profits that are making the world a better place!

Special Spaces

The organization creates dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening medical illnesses; a place that only the child can dream or imagine while addressing their medical needs.  I mean, how amazing is that?

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The Restoration House of East Tennessee

The Restoration House helps restore single mothers and their children back to God’s good intent for their lives. Through supportive transitional housing, ally teams, and family advocacy, TRH walks alongside low-income single-mother families, helping them break harmful cycles and regain hope and a future.

Bonus: One of their fundraisers, “Over The Edge” gets you off the couch and rappelling down the side of the 12-story Langley Building in downtown Knoxville!  #adrenalinejunkieforacause

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Courage Incorporated

Courage Incorporated in an organization empowering people with mood disorder and mood health information because mood molds quality living.  They facilitate workshops for young people and their families providing education, combating stigma, and forging access to services.

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Horse Haven of East Tennessee

Horse Haven of Tennessee was formed in 1999 and has cared for more than 950 horses since its inception.  Their mission is to advocate for, rescue, protect, and defend our God-given equine from abuse and neglect in Tennessee.  And they have an event called “Dancing for the Horses” which is, just, awesome.

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The Arc Knox County aka Sunshin Services

Sunshine Services is committed to providing programs and services for people with intellectual disabilities in Knox County; safeguarding their rights and protecting their welfare; and helping each individual achieve the highest possible level of personal growth and independence.

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The Carpetbag Theatre

Their mission is to give artistic voice to the issues and dreams of people who have been silenced by racism, classism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and other forms of oppression.  They work in partnership with other community artists, activists, cultural workers, storytellers, leaders, and people who are simply concerned, creating original works through collaboration in a style based in storytelling and song.

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The Muse Knoxville

The Muse Knoxville’s mission is to inspire and empower generations at the intersection of Science and Art.  With everything from a quiet space, making space, building space, and, legit, outer space, they’ve got a little something for the creator in all of our little ones.  Oh, and they have a planetarium, too.  Too cool!

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Girl Talk Inc.

Girl Talk Inc. provides refuge and a safe place where girls can come to communicate real feelings, concerns, and issues without judgment and condemnation.  Girl Talk meets girls where they are, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and socially to provide them with the tools they need to overcome obstacles and to build a brighter future for themselves and their families.

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What little-known non-profit are you passionate about? We want to know!