Would serving as a host to the homeless through our Interfaith Hospitality Network; serving meals at the Salvation Army; driving nails or painting at a Habitat House project; helping organize and distribute clothing at our Clothes Closet; preparing and delivering warm meals to shut-ins or volunteering at community shelters or ministry centers appeal to you?
At First Presbyterian Church of Kingsport, you will find a volunteer opportunity to satisfy every interest while making meaningful contributions to the lives of others.
Providing quality used clothing, shoes, and coats to families and individuals in our community with short term special needs or those who have difficulty making ends meet on a longer term basis.
Working with Holston Habitat for Humanity, FPC actively participates in building affordable housing for families in need. With church funding and countless hours of volunteer labor, ten houses have been build in our community. It is truly rewarding to see the joy these houses bring to their new homeowner families.
The church serves as one of a network of churches to house homeless families through the Family Promise of Greater Kingsport (FPGK). Volunteers are needed, over a one week period, once a quarter, to set up classrooms for housing, to host guests and provide meals.
Family Promise of Greater Kingsport, Inc. (formerly known as Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Kingsport) is a homeless shelter for families with minor children in the Kingsport area. We work with a group of churches that provide overnight accommodations and meals for the guests who are in our program.
Families with children make up the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. FPGK provides a safe, family oriented place to stay, nutritious meals, and mentoring to help homeless families with children under 18 on their quest to regain independence.
FPGK is the only shelter in Kingsport currently able to accommodate two parent families, families with teenaged boys, and single fathers with teenaged girls. Caring community and staff members provide guidance, encouragement and supportive services to help families find and retain permanent housing.
The church’s kitchen serves as a hub for Meals on Wheels. Lunches are prepared mornings, Monday through Friday, and volunteers pick up and deliver meals to people enrolled in the program.
Volunteers serve supper once a month at the local Salvation Army.
We support KCMC, a joint ministry of area churches which partners with people in crisis to meet their basic physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Volunteers are needed on a rotating basis as receptionists and also as interviewers/counselors.
Beyond the volunteer opportunities described above, First Presbyterian Church supports numerous local service agencies and food pantries and stands ready to respond to local and regional faith based service opportunities as they become available throughout the year. FPC also actively participants in national and international programs of Presbyterian Church, USA.
First Presbyterian is the community partner to DB Excel (formerly Cora Cox Academy), which offers a creative, innovative learning environment for high school students. As a whole church community we collect breakfast and snack items, maintain a food pantry, and support the faculty and staff throughout the year. Church members can also serve as mentors and tutors to students, or volunteer their gifts in other ways (i.e. start a chess club, begin a community garden…). For more information contact Sharon Amstutz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of The Oasis is to create a safe place for all women to wash clothes and learn new ways to care for themselves and family through non-threatening hands on activities with a Christ-centered approach. The Oasis provides a variety of services and a place for women to share life stories and prayer. As services are used, relationships are formed that allow us to assist them in all aspects of their lives. Like Jesus, we meet each woman where she is in life without judgement – just love and support. For some women, The Oasis is a stepping stone to self-sufficiency. For most women, The Oasis assists in meeting basic needs on a daily basis in a community of Christ. It is our hope that The Oasis can bring new life. For more information go to The Oasis.
Food for Kids Backpack Program is a program administered by Second Harvest Food Bank and the Kingsport City Schools. We have partnered with these two organizations to assist in delivery of food to children in need in every city school. We have been fortunate to provide the volunteers that deliver the food to the schools for over seven years and have delivered well over 40,000 food bags to children and the need for the program continues to grow.