CAC AmeriCorps offers the opportunity to serve and make a difference in a variety of fantastic East Tennessee Communities with an abundance of scenic vistas and a variety of opportunities related to sports, the arts, outdoor recreation, and other food and entertainment amenities. While the majority of our members serve in the Knoxville/Knox County area, members also serve and live in the City of Oak Ridge, City of Maryville and City of Alcoa in Blount County, and living in Cherokee National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Alums of our program consistently report that our attractive neck of the woods was one of the reasons for choosing CAC AmeriCorps for service and, in some cases, for sticking around after. With a cost of living below the national average, the affordability of our region makes it very practical to get by on the modest AmeriCorps living stipend while still having opportunities to enjoy a variety of free and low-cost activities.
Some notable Knoxville Natives? Did you know that one of the recent winners of The Voice, Chris Blue, is from Knoxville, TN? How about American Ninja Warrior Grant McCartney?
Living in Knoxville
Living in Knoxville will provide you with the best opportunity serve and collaborate with a broad range of government and non-profit partners in the area. As the third largest city in Tennessee, with a population approaching 190,000, the City is a good size to have both a broad range of contemporary amenities
Living in Sevierville / the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Characterized by it’s natural beauty and bustling tourism, Sevier County, home to Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Dollywood (the Theme Park, not a city) and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This part of the state is a prime US destination for vacations with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park consistently being ranked as the most visited National Park in the US. Many of our members serving with the GSMNP chose to live in on-site accommodations that favor those who prefer a little bit more of a