Caring for our city during the Coronavirus

Pray Chattanooga is a network of churches in the Chattanooga metro area that are gathering and working together to do 3 primary things; 1) PRAY for our churches, non-profits, leaders and our communities, 2) build UNITY between leaders and partnerships between ministries and 3) promote SERVICE from these groups for our city and local communities.

During the COVID-19 crisis, we recognize the beautiful opportunity to BE THE CHURCH and combine our efforts to serve those who are in need to the best of our abilities. Below you will find opportunities to help others as well as resources for your church or ministry that may find itself in need during this time.

If you have any questions or have a need that we might be able to help with, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are able and interested in serving our city during this time, please check out the links below for more information and how you can get involved. Please check back often. We will be updating these opportunities as existing needs are met and new needs become available.

*If you are not feeling well or are in a high risk group, please limit your involvement to online volunteer opportunities only.

Senior Citizens are some of our most vulnerable members of the community. The City of Chattanooga has requested a number of volunteers to call Seniors to share information about the virus and ensure that we are caring for their needs. There is a 2 step application process to become a volunteer and several resources provided by the United Way to aid in your call.

For Hamilton County Students: The YMCA is assisting Hamilton County Schools with feeding our students over spring break by adding 18 additional food sites. We need 1-2 volunteers per site to assist them in handing out meals.

*Please bring and wear a mask or bandana if you have one available. They have placed an order, but it may take a little while to come in.

The Chattanooga Area Food Bank is in need of volunteer support. Volunteer needs include warehouse help, food sorting & packing. Please, find a volunteer shift that is convenient for you.

*Please be advised that due to “food and health safety requirements”, ALL volunteers are required to wear “closed-toe shoes” or will not be allowed to volunteer.

Food Donation Opportunities

The following are some of the organizations that are collecting food donations to distribute around our city. Food collection and distribution are considered essential activities even during the “Shelter in Place” Executive Orders from our Governor and Chattanooga Mayor.

The Hamilton County Baptist Association is collecting food to be distributed among the 3 areas of Chattanooga that health officials call a “food desert”: Alton Park, East Chattanooga and the West Side. These are lower income areas that have fewer close resources for food. You can drop off your donations at the Hamilton County Baptist Association where they will be sorted and delivered to local churches and distribution points. HCBA is located at 4062 South Access Road, Chattanooga, TN. You can contact them at 423-267-3794.

The Chattanooga Area Food Bank anticipates an additional cost of up to $100,000 every month to cover the growing need caused by coronavirus and the economic impact that will follow.If major food donors like manufacturers or grocers are unable to continue donating food, our costs will grow. We need your help!

  • Every $1 helps to provide 4 meals.

The Chattanooga Community Kitchen is also in need of volunteers and donations for food and supplies. They have heavily relied upon older volunteers who are not able to help during this time. If you would like to make a donation or volunteer, you can do so on their website.

Ministry Leader Resources

We know that this is a difficult time to navigate the complexities of ministry with reduced financial resources and an inability to meet in person. We’ve included some resources that you may find useful and we would like to invite you to a WEEKLY ZOOM CALL on Mondays at 1pm to share our successes, struggles, new needs and to spend time praying together. Just clink the link to jump in every Monday.

Transforming our city by UNITING our churches!

Chattanooga is a beautiful city typically listed towards the top of every “Best places to live” list, but it is also in deep need of transformation. Churches are in decline and divided. Pastors are discouraged and disconnected. The vibrant Bride of Christ seems to be in disarray, but we believe this is not God’s way.

Over the past 2 years, pastors and non-profit leaders with a burden to see the church come together and thrive have been quietly meeting and praying for God to move among us…and we believe He is.

There are 3 primary areas we believe will spark transformation in our city with your help.

1. City wide intentional prayer.
2. Unity between churches beginning with visionary friendships between pastors and non-profit leaders.
3. Combined service in and for our city as congregations work together to meet the needs of those in their communities.

Incredibly, we continue to find churches and pastors hungry for these opportunities as well. If you would like to learn more or get involved, we encourage you to join us for one of our monthly lunch gatherings. They are held at ChattHOP (Chattanooga House of Prayer) in Red Bank on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

Join us as we seek to transform our city by uniting His church!

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