Community Outreach at Orchard Park is all about showing the love of Christ to those around us. We do this by creating opportunities for people to experience community here at Orchard Park as well as reaching out and serving our community.

Our Community Outreach operates a food pantry, clothing closet, and Benevolence Ministry. In addition, we offer resource referrals for other services in the community.

Orchard Park members, regular attendees, and people in our local community may apply for short-term financial assistance from the Benevolence fund.  We give priority to requests from members and regular attendees but consider requests from the local community (people living in Chattanooga Tennessee & Hamilton County only) when possible.

We can only assist with short-term and emergency needs.  We cannot provide long–term or repeated assistance.  We also cannot assist with bills more than 60 days past due, childcare, medical bills, unsecured loan payments, taxes, legal expenses, or any expense that is not an objectively verified need.

Follow these steps to apply for financial assistance.  The process may take up to four (4) weeks.

  1. Download and complete the Benevolence Application.

    Download & complete the Benevolence Application form. Read the cover page before filling out the Application form.  As you complete the form, gather the required documentation that must accompany the application.  Use the checklist (“Appendix A”) to make sure you have properly completed the application, as we cannot accept incomplete applications.  If you omit any information or documentation, the application will be returned to you.

    OPC Benevolent Form

  2. Return the completed application & required documentation to the church.

    Return the completed application with documentation to the church office, PO Box 3674 Chattanooga TN 37404.  Bring a government issued photo ID to confirm your identity.  We will make a color copy of your ID for inclusion with the application.  We only consider bills that are in the name of the person providing identification.

  3. Stay in contact.

    Please note:  It takes three working days to review and verify applications. During this period, you will not hear from us, nor can we answer questions. Once we have verified your application, we will contact you.  The primary means for contact is e-mail. If you do not have e-mail, you must provide a telephone number where you can always be reached.  If we cannot contact you after two attempts, we will not process your application.

  4. Follow the instructions.

    Follow the instructions you are given.  You may be asked to meet with budget coaches or others to assist you with your finances.  You may be asked to meet with the Benevolent Team as part of the consideration process.  Please be on time for any appointments.

  5. You will be notified.

    If it is determined at any point in the process that Benevolence cannot provide assistance, you will be notified that “Benevolence cannot assist you at this time.” No further information will be given.
 At no point in this process do we promise or guarantee that assistance will be provided to you.  Any assistance will be in the form of a check made out to the vendor, landlord, or other service provider – not to you.  No cash will ever be given.

    THE BENEVOLENCE INTERVIEW PROCESS – BUDGET COACHING AND COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION – OFTEN REQUIRES PROBING, DETAILED, DIFFICULT, AND POTENTIALLY UNCOMFORTABLE QUESTIONS AND ANALYSIS OF THE APPLICANT’S PERSONAL SITUATION AND SPENDING HABITS.  APPLICANTS SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR THIS POTENTIALITY.

Have Questions?

If you have more questions about the Outreach Ministry, please contact Linda Tompkins at opcoutreach77@gmail.com or call our offices at 423.698.0707.

Relevant Links

Crown Financial Ministries: www.crown.org

Salvation Army: www.salvationarmyusa.org