There are many different ways to be involved in this community, and one of the best ways to meet people and experience true connection is by finding a volunteer role that works for you. Whether it is a one-time job or an ongoing commitment, there are many ways ways to engage in community that will fit your lifestyle, skills and interests. Below are some of the best ways for newcomers to plug in. To find out more about these programs, and to sign up to volunteer, please contact Membership and Communications Coordinator Lauren Hulse at 865-523-4176 x 105 or use our Contact Form to inquire.
You may also complete a yellow “Skills & Interests Survey” found in the lobby of the church, and turn it into the office at any time. We will work to connect you with the programs that fit your needs and availability.
Greeters: Welcome people as they enter the church for 30 minutes before a service.
Welcome Table: Greet visitors; help them get name tags; orient them to the building and answer questions.
Ushering: Welcome people into the sanctuary for 20 minutes before a service; pass the collection plate; count money after the service.
Caring Table: Write cards to those in need or celebrating a joy; sit at the table before and after service encouraging people to sign cards – a great way to meet new people!
Coffee: Make coffee before the service (people really appreciate you in this job!)
Religious Education: Teach a class; organize the closet, greet at the RE Greeter Table, there are many ways to help out with our Children’s Programs! Check out the Children & Youth page for more info.
Flowers: Arrange flowers to beautify our Sanctuary, Welcome Table, and bathrooms. Perfect for someone with a creative eye!
Choir: Provide music for worship. Choir practice meets Wednesday nights at 7pm. See the Music page for details.
Building and Grounds
Help with our grounds: Weeding, planting, cutting back vegetation – for folks who know that gardening is the best medicine!
General Handyperson: Give some of your time to do odd jobs in and around the building.
Kitchen Care: Give a few hours a month to help keep our kitchen clean and sanitary.
Office Assistant: Give some of your time to help the Administrative Assistant in the office.
Social & Environmental Justice:
FISH Emergency Food Delivery: Volunteer to distribute food on Wednesdays to those in need, or to help get food from the pantry to the church.
Lonsdale Elementary School Tutoring: Volunteer to mentor a student.
Family Promise: During the week when TVUUC hosts 3 or 4 families who do not otherwise have homes: be a dinner host, spend the night or help with entertainment for the children.
Volunteer Ministry Center: Once a month, help cook meals to take and serve at Volunteer Ministry Center.
Community Garden: Rent a bed in our garden, help with general upkeep, weeding, watering, pruning, etc. as needed.
Caring Network: Respond as you are able to various needs such as bringing a meal in times of need, visiting homebound members, providing rides to doctor appointments, giving basic technology assitance (such as email), and more.