IMPACT OUR CITY
There are a ton of ways to Make an Impact on the city of Knoxville, and we want to help you find the right place to serve. Check out a list of opportunities below.
FOOD FOR KIDS
Every other week, our Cokesbury Kids ministry packs bags for Food for Kids – a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank and Knox County Schools that provides healthy foods for kids to take home on weekends, when they don’t have school meals available to them. Volunteers are needed to help pack meals on Wednesday evenings during the school year – register now. For more information, contact Debbie
Our Vision: We envision empowered single-parent families thriving through supportive community and tools of growth.
What is it? Hope Initiative is a ministry that comes alongside single-parent families. Through it, families have an opportunity to draw closer to Jesus, to build up a support system, to receive a delicious meal, and to receive tutoring for students. We meet on Tuesday evenings from 5:45-7:45 pm during the school year.
January 21: Volunteer Kick-off
January 28: Hope Night In (all current and interested families are invited!)
February 4: Hope Initiative Begins
How can I volunteer at Hope Initiative?
Hope Initiative is currently seeking volunteers to serve in the following areas:
Kitchen Volunteers We are looking for 4 volunteers to join the Hope Initiative team each Tuesday! 2 volunteers needed to serve from 3:30-4pm for meal prep and set up and 2 volunteers from 5-7pm each Tuesday to serve and help clean up. Dinner is provided and we have a lot of fun!
Homework Helper – Partner one-one-one with a child or youth participant to listen to, pray for, and encourage him or her. Assist with homework on Tuesday evenings. We need homework helpers for boys and girls, ages 6–11.
Adult Partner – Partner one-on-one with an adult participant to listen to, pray for, and encourage him or her. You will go through the evening together Tuesdays during Hope Initiative and we ask that you contact your partner one other time each week (phone, text, email, etc.)
Financial Coach – Individuals with a financial background partner with an individual or couple to offer financial coaching and empowerment for a fixed amount of time.
What is Hope Connection?
An outreach ministry to low-income families that seeks to build relationships that lead to financial stability and overall well-being. By first building a relationship, we are able to better understand each individual’s situation and focus on creating lasting change in their quality of life. During this process, volunteers meet with families and get to know their story. In many cases, our team can provide tools for success and offer support along the way.
How do we work?
A team of compassionate volunteers meet with program participants to assist in navigating through challenges and begin a journey towards stronger financial and spiritual well-being. Volunteers will often refer to or engage with other Cokesbury ministries and local service agencies for additional support.
Do we provide financial assistance?
In some cases, financial assistance may be provided, depending upon income and family household size. It is important to understand that Hope Connection is not a quick fix nor is it a promise of financial assistance.
Who do we serve?
Referrals, including self-referrals, may come from the church body or from the community.
A note for referrals: We have found that when a person has a supportive relationship, their chance of a successful outcome increases greatly. When appropriate, we encourage those making a referral to partner with Hope Connection by walking alongside the family or individual during the process.
To find out more or schedule an appointment
Please call 865-693-0353.
Interested in volunteering?
What would happen if we worked together with our community to address suffering and injustice in the Knoxville area?
Our Justice Knox Network Meeting is Sunday, March 22 at 11:15am in Jan Sanders Hall. This is a great chance to learn more about Justice Knox and how you can get involved in making our community a more just place for all people. It’s also a great opportunity to hear updates on the work being done this year for those already familiar with the work of Justice Knox.
FREE TAX PREPARATION
Cokesbury will again this year be offering free tax preparation services through a partnership with CAC Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the IRS for families with an income under $62k. Appointments are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and are available by calling the church office at 865-693-0353.
Volunteers are needed to assist with greeting and tax preparation. Training will be provided. Contact Bob Hutcheson for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manna House food pantry ministry is open to anyone in our community who faces a food emergency. We offer clients the opportunity to “shop” from our healthy options every 30 days in the pantry located on the west side of the North Campus at 9915 Kingston Pike. We serve more than 750 families a month at Manna House which is run by volunteers and funded 100% by donations.
Volunteering: Manna House is 100% run by volunteers! Individuals or families may volunteer in Manna House by serving in roles such as shopping assistant, stocking, and others. To volunteer, email Manna House volunteer coordinators, Glenn & Carmen Cross, at email@example.com.
Donating: We accept donations of the following food items:
- Low Sodium Soup
- Canned Fruits & Vegetables
- Whole Wheat Pasta
- Pasta Sauce
- Beans (dry or canned)
- Saltine Crackers
- Canned Tuna or Chicken
- Peanut Butter
- Travel Size Toiletries
We also accept financial donations. You can designate your gift to Manna House and give in-person, by mail, or online here.
You can also support Manna House by linking your Kroger Plus Card to Manna House through their Community Rewards Program. Visit https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow/ and search for “Manna House” or account number TQ532 when you register. Then, each time you shop and scan your Kroger Plus card, Manna House will receive a donation from Kroger stores.
To receive food from the pantry, come anytime during the following hours and bring a photo ID and something with your social security number on it. Visa or Matricula is accepted.
MANNA HOUSE HOURS:
Tuesday | 10am – Noon
Wednesday | 2pm – 4pm
Thursday | 10am – Noon; 5pm – 6:30pm
Saturday | 9am – 11am