Racial Justice Program

January, and year round as appropriate – Members keep TVUUC members and friends informed of the activities and events scheduled in January by the Knox County Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission, and encourage TVUUC participation.  Assure that the interests and concerns of TVUUC are represented in the deliberations and planning of the Commission.  Attempt to keep TVUUC members and friends apprised year round of activities in, by, and on behalf of Knoxville’s communities of color, and to raise TVUUC’s profile in Knoxville’s communities of color.  Contact: Gordon Gibson, Phone 525-0055  E-Mail *protected email*

Blood Drive

Sundays, once or twice a year – Works with MEDIC Regional Blood Center to set up blood drives at the church.  Most healthy people at least 16 years old can donate.  A coordinator assists in publicizing the blood drive, signing up donors, and overseeing the process on the designated Sunday.  If enough donate (35% of total church members currently needed), the church receives group coverage, one year’s exemption from any blood supplier’s processing costs for all persons in every TVUUC member household.  Contact: Gail Anderson

Volunteer Assisted Transportation

Many Sundays – In some cases, the church can provide rides to church for people who cannot drive and need personal assistance. Our volunteer drivers undergo extensive training and use hybrid vehicles through the CAC Volunteer Assisted Transportation program. Those seeking rides must first apply to CAC, and ride availability depends on volunteer drivers. New drivers are welcome and are much appreciated! To volunteer, or to get an application form for a ride, contact Ministerial Intern for more information.

FISH of Knox County – Emergency Food Delivery

TVUUC and more than 20 other area churches work throughout the year to provide bags of food for those in need.  On the third Wednesday of each month, our FISH volunteers bring bags of food from the West Knox Food Pantry to church, receive 15-25 calls at the church requesting food, deliver bags of groceries and other items around the community, help stock our shelves with non-food essentials (like soap and toilet paper), and file monthly reports to FISH about deliveries. In addition, TVUUC takes responsibility for purchasing, stocking, and bagging food at the West Knoxville Food Pantry throughout the month of December — a month of high demand.   Volunteers always needed!
Contact: Claire Meggs

Hops & Hope, 5K Run and Octoberfest

One October Sunday – TVUUC annually hosts a Greenway 5K run and mile walk for about 200 people from the church and greater Knoxville community, beginning and ending at TVUUC.  The event is followed by micro-brewery beer and Octoberfest fare at the church, with volunteers serving the meal.  Entry fees cover costs and raise needed funds to pay for food to stock a Knoxville food pantry.  Contact: Allan Morgan

Family Promise

Hosting for a week at church, 3-5 times a year – Family Promise is an interfaith program involving 38 area congregations which offers support and housing for families temporarily without homes.  TVUUC serves as a host congregation several times a year, housing families and providing meals Sunday pm -Sundayam for a week in our building.  If not in school or working during day times, family members go to the Family Promise Day Center for support services and classes on budget assistance, nutrition and parenting. Thirty-five to forty volunteers cover well-defined roles during our host weeks, and training sessions are offered regularly.  Contact: Jayne Raparelli

Volunteer Ministry Center Meals

3rd Thursday of every month – currently one of three teams of TVUUC volunteers works together to purchase food, prepare and serve a dinner for the homeless at Volunteer Ministry Center, located on Broadway and Fifth Avenue.  Volunteers always welcome.  Contact: Allan Morgan

Lonsdale Tutoring Program

Weekly as arranged – Volunteers are needed for various jobs:  Tutoring a child or children in reading and/or math during school hours, with schedules worked out with the school coordinator; working in a classroom to help students as a teacher requests; leading or assisting in programs in the community school which meets in the afternoons after regular classes end;  Really, the sky is the limit for people with an interest in helping students, especially in the community school where they provide special help and enrichment classes as well as a dinner before they go home. Contact: Cynthia Crosby-Myers

As needed – Currently we are working, in conjunction with ecumenical Bridge Refugee Services, with two Burundian refugee families to provide support in school adjustment and English education, budgeting, transportation to places not on bus lines, securement of jobs or better jobs,  provide community information, help find affordable housing, etc.  For more information, to donate time, money, or expertise, and to join the task force, please contact Carolyn Franks or Nathan Paki

Volunteer Assisted Transportation

In some cases, the church can provide rides to church for people who cannot drive and need personal assistance. Our volunteer drivers undergo extensive training and use hybrid vehicles provided through a partnership with the CAC Volunteer Assisted Transportation program. Those seeking rides must first apply to CAC, and ride availability depends on volunteer drivers. New drivers are welcome and are much appreciated! To volunteer, or to get an application form for a ride, contact the TVUUC office. Phone: 865-523-4176

Refugee Task Force

Currently we are working, in conjunction with ecumenical Bridge Refugee Services, with two Burundian refugee families to provide support in school adjustment and English education, budgeting, transportation to places not on bus lines, securement of jobs or better jobs,  provide community information, help find affordable housing, etc.  For more information, to donate time, money, or expertise, and to join the task force, please call Carolyn Franks at 776-8669 or email moc.l1527045737iamg@1527045737sknar1527045737fac1527045737, or call Nathan Paki at 300-5444 or email moc.l1527045737iamg@1527045737ikapn1527045737ahtan1527045737.

Share the Plate

Begun in 2013, this program splits 50/50 the Sunday plate donations (not including pledges) between the church and programs in the community that share our mission and are nominated and selected by church members. The program typically increases plate donations as people know they are giving to both TVUUC and worthwhile charities in the community. See more information, including this years’ list of participating organizations here.