Community Outreach

Hat Wall at Children's Hospital

The VolShop, in partnership with New Era hats, has been very generous over the years supporting East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville. We collect several boxes of hats each year and take the hats to the Oncology Department at East Tennessee Children's Hospital. The hats are placed on the Hat Wall. The Hat Wall is very special, because this is the location where kids can pick out a hat during the early stages of their chemotherapy, in preparation for the loss of their hair.

Wade Meadows Scholarship

Each year, the VolShop awards a deserving student with the Wade Meadows Scholarship. This scholarship was created by VolShop employees to honor retired Bookstore Director Wade Meadows. The scholarship is made available to the dependents of current and retired VolShop employees and all student VolShop employees. This scholarship is funded completely by contributions. As you can imagine, this is a favored benefit for our student employees.

Appalachian Festival

This annual event celebrates our Appalachian Heritage. This event is held annually and features guest speakers lecturing on a range of topics - from early Moonshine Runners to the Medicine Women of the Smokies, as well as artisans who will be on hand giving demonstrations and selling crafts, or playing live music. Each year, the event grows.


The VolShop is proud to support the University of Tennessee through donations. The VolShop has a limited amount of donation items that can be requested throughout the year. The VolShop supports organizations tied to the University of Tennessee.

Pumpkin' Carving Contest

Each Fall, the VolShop hosts a Pumpkin' Carving Contest. We bring in pumpkins for students to carve out a wonderful masterpiece! Many of the dorms make it somewhat competitive by trying to outdo each other, but it's all in good fun. We try to reach out to other community businesses as well. Douglas J/Aveda Institute has been a great supporter and they usually stop by to hand out coupons for free spa services!


Thank you for supporting the VolShop! By shopping with us, you are allowing us to help others. Along with the outreach listed here, all proceeds benefit the University through student scholarships and campus building projects. So thank you, for helping us help others.