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Impact our Community
Impact our Community
Monte Vista proudly partners with a number of local community organizations in an effort to serve those with the greatest needs. Let us help connect you as you seek to serve God by serving others.
Poverty and Hunger
Family Promise of Blount County
Family Promise of Blount County is one of over 150 affiliates of the National Family Promise organization, which has been serving homeless families for 20 years. The goal of Family Promise is to help homeless families find lasting employment and housing through a network of congregations and local resources within Blount County that provide overnight accommodations and meals to families on a week-to-week basis.
The Family Promise day center and offices are located at Green Meadows United Methodist Church. They have many needs including volunteers to help in the office, clean the day center, and monetary. Also, as a part of Blount County’s network of churches, Monte Vista welcomes families into our facilities one week each quarter. Volunteers are needed at Monte Vista to help set up for the week, serve as evening and overnight hosts, and return the facilities to other ministry needs at the end of the week.
For more information contact Gary Vines at email@example.com
Heaven Sent Home
Starting in 2011, Heaven Sent Home provides temporary shelter for homeless men, women, and families. Monte Vista volunteers have provided help with facilities and grounds maintenance, as well as financial assistance. For more information contact Cathy Potter at 865-977-8882
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee
Second Harvest serves as a distribution center offering donated and purchased food items to over 500 non-profit organizations in an 18-county service area. Their network of hunger-relief organizations feed 165,000 East Tennesseans with food from Second Harvest. Monte Vista volunteers assist in the collection of food and working in the warehouse preparing food for distribution. Here is a list of Second Harvest’s “Most Wanted” food items. For more information contact Second Harvest at 865- 243-8242.
Good Neighbors of Blount County
Good Neighbors provides resources to maintain and/or increase the ability of our neighbors to cope with the challenges of everyday life. This is accomplished in an atmosphere of love and respect, building partnerships through which Christ’s love can grow and by advocating for social justice within Blount County. Good Neighbors provides support through:
Monte Vista partners with Good Neighbors in meeting the financial needs of families in crises. For more information contact Lisa Blackwood at 865-681-5420.
Chilhowee Baptist Center
The Chilhowee Baptist Center is a shared ministry of the Baptist Churches in Blount County. Assistance is provided to under-resourced families through food, clothing, furniture, financial aid, and spiritual guidance.
Monte Vista has a long history with the Chilhowee Baptist Center. Volunteers work at the Center sorting and distributing clothes, food, and furnishings. We also collect food and clothing on an on-going basis. For more information contact Sue Myers at 865-981-2992.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity believes that every person should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. Through volunteer labor and donations, Habitat and its homeowner families have built or rehabilitated more than 500,000 houses. A nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing ministry, Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build together in partnership.
Monte Vista has helped build 15 houses in Blount County. Work crews continue to assist in the construction of Habitat homes. For more information contact Tony Gibbons at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-982-8714.
Blount County Home Repair Collaborative
The purpose of the Home Collaborative is to provide home repairs and household rehabilitation for low income families in Blount County. Monte Vista works with the Home Collaborative throughout the year in identifying and assisting in home repair needs. For more information leave a message at 865-982-8717 Ext. 227.
Many families and individuals in Blount County live paycheck to paycheck and find themselves in emergency need of financial assistance. Monte Vista provides such assistance in helping with utility, medical, and other bills. We also help by providing other types of resources, as needed. For more information contact LeeAnn Bland at 865-982-6070.
Share the Warmth
A mission opportunity to help heat the homes of those in need.
“Share the warmth” is a temporary emergency program providing electricity, natural gas, coal, or propane to Blount County families. Pledges by customers are added to customers’ utility bills monthly or can be given as a one-time donation. Blount County Community Action Agency receives the funds. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012 they received $31,188 and assisted 249 households. Giving as little as $1, $5, $10, or $20 can make a huge difference when we all work together.
To participate, call:
Maryville Utilities – 273-3462; email@example.com
Alcoa Utilities – 380-4700; www.cityofalcoa-tn.gov
Atmos Energy – 1-888-286-6700; www.atmosenergy.com
Ft. Loudon Electric Cooperative Operation Roundup – 1-877-353-2674; www.flec.org
Trinity Dental Clinic
Trinity Dental Clinic opened its doors in 2006. The ministry provides basic dental care for low income, uninsured, and underserved adults. Their emphasis is primarily on emergency and urgent treatment needs. Monte Vista volunteers help staff the office, provide routine maintenance, clean the facilities, and provide financial assistance. For more information contact Dr. Ben Briley at 865 681-1870.
Social Justice and Women’s Issues
Pregnancy Resource Center
Since 1986, the Pregnancy Resource Center has helped women cope with unplanned pregnancies and consider their alternatives in a compassionate, supportive environment with the help of trained peer counselors. All services are confidential. Monte Vista has helped raise funds to support the ministry and has assisted in the upkeep of facilities. For more information contact 865-977-8378 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Haven House seeks to save and change lives through the intervention and prevention of domestic violence by offering 24-hour shelter, a crisis hotline, support services, and community awareness. Monte Vista has supported this ministry by providing financial assistance and behind-the-scenes support and resources to women caught in domestic crisis. For more information contact 865-983-6818.
The focus of Baptist Women is to reflect a biblical understanding and provide a holistic approach to missions awareness and participation. Baptist Women at Monte Vista work through the Chilhowee Baptist Center to provide on-going resources for the center as it seeks to meet physical and spiritual needs of people in Blount County. For more information contact Bobbie Ramsey at 865-982-8339.
Unplanned disasters require immediate attention. Volunteers at Monte Vista have responded to tornados, earthquakes, and acts of terrorism by providing needed resources as well as on-site work. For more information contact the church office at 865-982-6070.
English as a Second Language
Learning to read English has opened the doors of opportunity for many people who have moved to the United States. ESL has helped people find jobs, enroll in school, and even obtain a driver’s license. For more information contact Loretta Denson at 865-984-1740.
Impact our World
National and International Organizations and Opportunities
NightLightAtlanta is a faith-based, grassroots movement that addresses the complex issues of commercial sexual exploitation through prevention, intervention, restoration, and education. NightLightAtlanta seeks to mobilize the Body of Christ to loose the chains of injustice, while partnering with local law enforcement and service providers to set the captives free.
Monte Vista Volunteers have participated in outreach ministries to women in prostitution. Routinely we collect and assemble “gift bags” that are used by the ministry to build relationships with the women. For more information contact Kim Mantooth at email@example.com
Global Women is an ecumenical missions movement that envisions a world where every woman is empowered by the love of God, valued by her community, and equipped to fulfill her unique purpose. The ministry is involved in Christian women’s leadership, preventing human trafficking and restoring victims, micro-enterprise, and health and social services.
Monte Vista partners with Global Woman to combat human trafficking, assemble birthing kits for distribution in third-world countries, and support entrepreneurial strategies by women. Here are some other ways you can help. For more information contact Ann Wilson at 865-983-9852
Volunteers for China
VFC facilitates opportunities for volunteers to be involved in short or long term service in China. Service projects are identified that enable sharing the love of Christ through helping to improve the living conditions and economic status of the Chinese people. Funding is also provided for training church leaders, building churches, and responding to natural disasters.
Monte Vista supports this ministry through sending volunteers and collecting supplies for those who are serving. For more information contact: David and Ann Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865 983-9852
Operation Christmas Child
Samaritan’s Purse, an organization founded in 1970, is a non-denominational, evangelical organization which serves the Church worldwide and promotes the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a part of Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child fulfills the organizational mission by sending shoe-boxes full of gifts from churches to needy children all over the world. Monte Vista has participated in OCC for many years. For more information about how you can get involved, visit www.samaritanspurse.org, or contact the church at email@example.com.
HIV/AIDS, Malaria, other diseases
His Nets seeks to save lives from malaria “one net at a time.” Since its inception in 2003, 224,000 lives have been saved. Nets are purchased for about $6 and distributed to families in Africa to protect them from malaria-infested mosquitoes. Because the homes of many families in sub-Saharan Africa are small, one large net repels mosquitoes for an entire family for up to six years. The treated nets protect especially the most vulnerable to malaria: children under five and pregnant women. His Nets also distributes individual or smaller nets to children’s homes, orphanages, hospitals, and clinics. For more information contact His Nets at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-447-2471.
One is a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and encouraging leaders to support policies that are saving lives, helping to put kids in school, and improving futures. Co-founded by rock legend, Bono, ONE is non-partisan and works closely with African activists and policy makers. For more information go to www.one.org.
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