GET INVOLVED

AN EXCELLENT WAY TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.

We know how much people love giving their time to Good Samaritan Ministries, and we appreciate your help! We continue to grow and evolve as our needs change and we begin offering more opportunities for our neighbors to help. Learn more below about ways to volunteer at Good Samaritan Ministries.

Food Pantry

Needed: Food Pantry Volunteers & Food Delivery Partners

Our food pantry provides emergency food assistance for families, individuals, and elderly.

We see an increasing need for food every day. Last year, we made over 7,200 food boxes for those in need. This means that many families and individuals are struggling to put meet their most basic needs.

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The Melting Pot

Needed: Food Server Volunteers

The Melting Pot serves food to hungry people everyday using food donations from a variety of generous sources. Many churches in the community come together to prepare and serve meals. In 2018, the Melting Pot served 115,326 meals. Hospitality meals at breakfast and lunch are open to the public.

Volunteer groups and individuals to serve meals are always welcomed.

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Thrift Store

Needed: Retail Associate Volunteers, Donation Inventory Volunteers,

Pick Up & Delivery Volunteers

Some people say it’s the best thrift store in town, and we agree! 
All proceeds from our thrift store help preserve Good Samaritan Ministries and support its mission to help the less fortunate in the community. 

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Programs Department

Needed: Special Programs Volunteers, Event Planning Volunteers

Good Samaritan Ministries programs department continues to serve and develop programs that meet the needs in our community through a variety of events and promotions in various ways.

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Thanksgiving Distribution

This program supports low-income families to help them celebrate the holiday by providing a Thanksgiving and Christmas meal to those neighbors in need. How can you help? Load food boxes, greet neighbors as they arrive, manage traffic? There’s something for everyone.

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Free To Live

Needed: Spiritual Mentors, Transportation Volunteers, Financial Skills Counselors

We want to interrupt the cycle by breaking the stigma surrounding returning citizens.

Free to Live is a 12-month program. Upon graduation, men will be connected to opportunities for employment. These opportunities are essential to help combat cyclical poverty and change lives in our community. 

 

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Holiday Sign-Ups

This program provides a Thanksgiving and Christmas food box to families so that they will not have to worry about what they will eat on Thanksgiving or Christmas but instead focus on spending time gathered around the table as a family. This would involve helping people correctly enter their information into the computer. We often have elderly that are not familiar with computer and sometimes people who are unable to read. We desire to serve them without limits. We would ask volunteers to engage with them in conversation while helping them complete the needed information.

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Intake Department

Needed: Receptionist & Homeless Services Liaison

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Decorate for Christmas Marketplace

 Detailed oriented or retail experience? We need your expertise! We will set up a teen area with gifts for guardians to shop.. Help with decorations, layout, and organizing toys to be displayed for the Marketplace needed.

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"Virtual" Be A Light Program

Be A Light Marketplace is a Good Samaritan Ministries program which serves registered under resourced parents and guardians with the opportunity to “shop” and select Christmas gifts for their teens currently enrolled in high school. Our desire is to partner with parents/guardians and empower them to become part of the process of providing Christmas gifts for their families.

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Social Work

Needed: Documentation & filing assistant, Social Services Resource Provider

Good Samaritan Ministries in Johnson City is one of many host locations of the legal advice clinics provided by Legal Aide of East Tennessee.

​Volunteers who staff Advice Clinics meet with clients who have routine legal questions. If the client’s legal problem cannot be resolved at the Clinic, the volunteer has no further obligation to the client. Legal Aide of East Tennessee may be able to offer the client additional assistance later, depending on the nature of the legal issue.​