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.


A place to be seen and known. Fig Tree is a place for community & friendship while offering resources for those needing them. Resources include access to showers, laundry, computers and internet, frozen meals, and microwaves. Volunteers are needed to welcome and assist guests.
Learn more here.

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?

Contact Katie at or 865-693-0353, or click here and select “Outreach.”


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 coordinator, Glenn Cross, at

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
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • 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 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. Households may shop once every 30 days. 


Tuesday | 9 am – 11 am

Thursday | 9 am – 11 am; 5pm – 6:30pm

Saturday | 9am – 11am

Inclement Weather | Manna House will be closed any time Knox County Schools close for inclement weather. Check @cokesburytv on Twitter for inclement weather updates.

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Administer Justice is a nationwide organization that supports all low-income individuals with legal concerns. We offer a low-cost legal advice clinic on the second Saturday of every month, from 8:45 am to noon.

To volunteer (attorneys and non-attorneys needed), fill out our Volunteer Opportunities Form. Learn more about this ministry and how you can receive help,  click here.


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 provide a safe and loving space for kids. Hope Initiative is part of Cokesbury Community Nights on Tuesdays. Dinner is at 5:30 pm and progamming begins at 6:30 pm. 

How to enroll: families may join Hope Initiative at the start of a new semester by emailing Katie at

How can I volunteer at Hope Initiative?

Hope Initiative is currently seeking volunteers to serve in the following areas:

Nursery Helper – Help care for our littlest Hope Initiative participants, ages 6 weeks through preschool!

Kids’ Helper – Partner with our awesome kids (K through 5th grade), play games, and have fun!

Teenage Helper – Partner with the Hope Initiative teenagers (6th though 12th grade), play games, and have fun!

Homework Helper – Volunteer to help in the homework room with kids of all ages. No special training needed, just a willingness to help!

Kitchen Volunteers – Help set-up for dinner (5 – 5:30 pm) and/or help serve and clean up (5:30 – 7 pm).

Email Hannah for more information or to volunteer.


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 Gray . 


Susannah’s House exists to serve the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of the mothers and their prenatally-exposed infants who are recovering from substance abuse. Our mission is to provide a source of hope and help to these mothers and their children. To find out more information about Susannah’s House, please click here. 


Cokesbury offers 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 will be available again beginning in January.

Volunteers are needed to assist with greeting and tax preparation. Training is provided. Contact Bob Hutcheson for more information:


What would happen if we worked together with our community to address suffering and injustice in the Knoxville area?

Justice Knox, an interfaith collaboration of congregations and organizations, actively uncovers injustice and mobilizes the community to create just, fair & effective solutions. Through Justice Knox, congregations of diverse faith backgrounds act together in response to the biblical mandate to “do justice.”


Key Dates for 2021/2022: 

  • Sun. Mar. 6, 11:15 am, Congregational Meeting at Cokesbury
  • Mon., April 4, 7-8:30 pm Rally
  • Mon., May 2, 7-8:30 pm Nehemiah Action Assembly
  • Mon., June 13, 7-8:30 Celebration



Katie McIlwain | Director of Outreach
Email Katie 
Phone | (865) 693-0353


9919 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37922

Office Hours:
Our office is currently staffed Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 3:30 pm. You are always welcome to contact us via email or phone.   

Email Us
(865) 693-0353