At Magnolia Ministries, everything for us begins with outreach. Our goal is to be a constant presence in the community and meet our neighbors exactly where they are. Several times a month, we engage in various outreach activities.

For traditional street outreach, we go into the community with hygiene kits filled with basic hygiene products, snacks and a card for the Magnolia Women’s Center. The goal is to meet and engage with neighbors, tell them about the Magnolia Women’s Center and begin to build trust and relationships.

Through our partnership with local nonprofit, Keep Knoxville Beautiful, we have adopted a stretch of Martin Luther King Boulevard right by our Women’s Center. With East Knoxville being a severely under-resourced part of the city, there are no public trash cans. We believe in leaving our community better than we found it so we have committed to a litter pick up once a month.

Outreaches are a great way for volunteers to get involved, serve our community and begin to understand what East Knoxville is all about.