Student Service Opportunities
P52 is a ministry that seeks to serve individuals or families who are socio-economically challenged due to financial crisis, natural disaster, physical disability, and emotional distress including widows, the elderly, and those living below the Poverty line. They do this by organizing at least one work project every week. You can ask about joining in with these projects yourself, with a few friends, or it’s a great opportunity for teams or halls to serve together.
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center is a 317-acre outdoor recreation venue. Our goal is to connect YOU with nature. As part of our mission, we work with over 16,000 students per year to help them understand the connection between the choices they make and their local ecology. We also offer year-round public programs for lifelong learners who want to learn more about native plants, wildlife photography, fire-building and knot-tying, and more. Reflection Riding is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, and we highly value our volunteer base.
There are many ways to be involved on the property, and currently, we are looking for volunteers to help us with our invasive plant problem! Come help out while enjoying this beautiful area!
ELECT at New City East Lake
ELECT is New City East Lake's tutoring program. Become a tutor Monday through Thursday from 3-5 to help kids academically succeed and share the truths of the Gospel. ELECT provides a safe growing environment for kids with devotions, time outside, help with homework, and healthy snacks. In the summer they run a day camp that meets from 8:00 to 3:00 Monday through Friday.
Expression Engine is a ministry based out of New City East Lake that teaches kids music. ELEE works in partnership with the ELECT tutoring and the YMCA of Chattanooga.
"ELEE is inspired by the musical ideals of the El Sistema movement, that music is an effective avenue for developing children’s creativity and problem solving skills, and building up a strong community."
GLAD/New City Fellowship
GLAD is New City Fellowship Glenwood's after school tutoring program. If you're looking for a way to serve with kids in our community, become a tutor at GLAD Monday through Thursday from 3:15 - 5:15 during the school year. Help feed kids a meal, work with them on their homework, and spend time playing with and loving them. If you can commit for a semester, that's really great, but they are eager for volunteers who can even come just one or two days a week. GLAD also has summer programs you can ask about.
Young Life Northwest Georgia
Young Life NWGA is our local chapter of the international youth ministry organization. If you're interested in youth ministry, consider getting plugged in as a YL Leader.
"Leaders are committed to being involved with the high school friends' lives -- from supporting them at their sporting events, eating crazy food together, and throwing around some frisbee to listening to them talk about what's important. Our leaders help kids consider the direction of their lives, and they offer hope for their future."
New City Fellowship (East Lake) ESL
New City East Lake offers an adult ESL class, primarily targeting for Latin American immigrants in their neighborhood, from 4:00-6:00 pm on Sunday nights. Volunteers meet a few minutes early to pray, study English with the students for an hour and half, then gather for a meal and devotion. Whether you speak any Spanish or not, this is a great opportunity to walk alongside students as they learn a new language!
New City Fellowship (Glenwood) ESL
This program is a wonderful opportunity to meet and walk with immigrants in Chattanooga as they adjust to a new country and learn English. Classes meet during the fall and spring on Sundays from 3:45-6:00 pm. You don’t have to be experienced or fluent in another language to serve in this way.
Service Type: ESL Tutoring
Contact: Lindsay Hackman
Widows' Harvest Ministries
This well established ministry provides essential help and support to widows in the Chattanooga area by running work and construction projects and a vibrant prayer ministry. Whether you want to get involved individually or serve as a group, Widow’s Harvest always has opportunities to love the widows of our area, and needs lots of willing hands and hearts.
Service Type: Widows Ministry / Work Projects
Contact: Dick Mason
Choices Pregnancy Center
There are numerous ways to get involved at Choices Pregnancy center, from maintenance service projects to events and internships.
“Choices exists to educate, support and empower women and men in our community. Since 1985, we have been dedicated to providing a safe, confidential place where women and men can receive accurate information, medical services and practical help without judgment or bias.”
Eden Thistle Land Stewardship LLC
Eden Thistle is a farm about 10 minutes from Covenant that seeks to responsibly use and care for the land God has given. They are always eager for volunteers to help with building projects, animal care, and farming. This is a great way to learn about stewarding God’s creation in our area.
Bethel Bible Village
"Bethel Bible Village is a safe, nurturing place where children and families in crisis live in family-style homes on our 64-acre campus in Hixson. With help from our generous donors, we provide for all the child’s needs, from food and clothing to medical care, counseling, education, as a Christ-centered ministry."
Bethel Bible Village has a myriad of opportunities to get involved, from events to thrift store sorting to leading Bible studies. Check out their website to get a great idea of how you can love at-risk teens in our community.
Service Type: Variety (Youth Home)
Contact: Myron Wilkins