Knoxville Area Urban League


Annual Membership Meeting

Join us for lunch as we convene the membership, conduct our year-end review and recognize the Board of Directors, scholarship awardees, corporate sponsors and volunteers who support the Urban League mission throughout the year.

When: February 17, 2016
Where: Knoxville Convention Center
Time: 11:30am – Networking/12:00pm Program

Current members will be admitted for free and the cost to non-members will be a $25 charge (includes one-year individual membership with KAUL). Click the link below to become a member or renew your membership. Please RSVP no later than February 10, 2016. We look forward to seeing you there!

Online Membership Application


Applications Closed: Minority Scholarship Program

The Knoxville Area Urban League has reached the deadline for accepting applications for the Minority Scholarship Program in honor of Walter S. E. Hardy, M.D., one of the first African-American physicians in Knoxville.

The minority scholarship program honors the legacy of Dr. Walter S. E. Hardy and encourages minority students to follow his example by serving this community through careers in health and wellness. For more details, Click Here!



A Hearty Thanks!


On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, the Knoxville Area Urban League participated in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. With deepest gratitude, we say thank you to all our supporters. Although the designated day of giving has passed, it is never too late to make a difference in someone’s life.  Read below how your support helps us impact so many lives in even one year and click the donate button to join our cause!

Last year, more than 27,000 organizations in 68 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities. We invite you to join the movement and to help get out and give this December 1.

What We Do:

workforce orientation 1 (2)Workforce Development:
Worked to provide a skilled and diverse workforce. We provided job counseling to over 325 clients with a 62% increase in employability through workshops, individual and lab instruction, and 81% of clients assisted with developing job search tools and online applications. Access to over 1,200 job postings from over 650 employers with client placement equating to an economic impact of almost $2 million.

Housing Development:
Strived to increase homeownership. Over 80 clients completed our First Time Homebuyers seminars firsttime homebuyers1 with 67% purchasing property. Over 100 clients received financial literacy counseling to manage budgets and credit. Financial impact of over $7 million through new home purchases and avoidance of foreclosure.

Marc Brashares SpeakingEconomic & Business Development:
Invested and supported economic and small business development. In 2014, we deployed over $2 million in capital to start and/or expand business. We increased our loan portfolio by $1 million to $3.43 million.

Lee CollegeEducation & Youth:
Enhanced education efforts for our youth.Our flagship program, National Achievers Society provides college tours, behind the scenes tours, life skills and character building.


Thank you for your support. Together, we can make a difference!


The Equal Opportunity Awards!

Thank you to everyone who Celebrated good times with us this year at The Gala, our most significant fundraising event of the year. Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Year, Minority Business, Corporate Leadership and Whitney M. Young Jr. Lifetime Achievement award winners! The Gala was a huge success! Mark your calendars for the fourth Thursday in October and don’t miss out on next year!

The Gala provides an excellent opportunity for networking with top area business professionals, and an investment in a corporate table is a good investment for local businesses.

Sponsorship/Fundraising is critical to the Urban League’s ability to provide programs and services to the community.

Congratulations Award Recipients!

Each year, we honor individuals and corporations who support equal rights, economic inclusion and diversity! Congratulations Theotis Robinson, Jr., winner of our most prestigious award, Whitney M. Young Jr. Lifetime Achievement! Click Here to see our Volunteer of the Year, Minority Business, and Corporate Leadership award winners!

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Joseph DiPietro, President of University of Tennessee System; Theotis Robinson, Jr., Whitney M. Young Lifetime Achievement Award recipient; Cavanaugh Mims, President of Visionary Solutions.

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Joseph DiPietro, President of University of Tennessee System; Theotis Robinson, Jr., Whitney M. Young Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award recipient; Cavanaugh Mims, President of Visionary Solutions.


We’re Glad You Asked!

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Hold on to your Home!

Problems paying your mortgage? We can help!

If you are having problems paying your mortgage, foresee problems making payments in the future, or are already at risk of losing your home to foreclosure, the time to act is now. Take the first step to improve your situation. Call the Urban League at 865-524-5511 and complete the Housing Client Document Package. Our trained and certified counselors are ready to work with you.  There’s no cost to you, and all services are completely confidential. Call the Urban League today!

Mortgage Assistance. For homeowners who are behind on their mortgage due to unemployment or substantial underemployment, we help with applications for assistance. Applicants meeting certain criteria may receive mortgage assistance in an amount up to $40,000 over 36 months at no charge. For more information,  call the Urban League (865-524-5511).

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