Mission Partners

Come in to worship... go out to serve.

Knox joins with service agencies and other churches throughout the tri-state area who can leverage our human and financial resources in service to those in need.

Locally, Knox Church supports the efforts and ministries of groups and organizations throughout the tri-state area.

Learn About Our Mission Partners

Childhood Food Solutions 

http://childhoodfoodsolutions.org
The mission of Childhood Food Solutions is to develop solutions for childhood food insecurity that can be applied in a community, tested for effectiveness and duplicated in other communities. CFS has served zip code 45225, including N. Fairmount, Millvale and the Villages at Roll Hill (formerly the Fay Apartments) since 2007. As funding has permitted CFS has expanded into Price Hill. The greatest need is to provide food support for non-school days.

Adult and youth Knox members engage with CFS by packing food sacks at Mission Possible and on other occasions. Additionally, individual members serve in leadership roles, organize packing events outside the church and fill other volunteer roles. It is estimated that over 100 Knox members have participated in CFS activities in recent years. Knox also provides financial support to CFS.

Cooperative for Education (Guatemala)

https://coeduc.org
Cooperative for Education Since 1996, Cooperative for Education (CoEd) has carried out its mission of “breaking the cycle of poverty in Guatemala through education” by implementing sustainable textbook, computer, reading, and youth development programs in impoverished Guatemalan schools. Based in Cincinnati and Guatemala City, CoEd provides educational resources and opportunities to indigenous Maya schoolchildren in Guatemala’s Central and Western Highlands. In addition to financial support, there are numerous opportunities for Knox members to become involved – individuals are an important part of CoEd’s mission. Individuals are encouraged to build one-on-one relationships with the schools and students CoEd supports by sponsoring individual students to entire schools. Knox members are invited to join in CoEd’s annual fundraising event, Fall Fiesta, held every October in Cincinnati. Volunteer opportunities are available to help plan, promote, and carry out the event. CoEd also welcomes office volunteers; assistance with PR, video editing, Spanish translation, and information fair representatives to spread the word and help raise funds to support education in Guatemala.

Crossroad Health Center 

http://www.crossroadhc.org
The mission of Crossroad Health Center (CHC) is to “give honor to Jesus Christ by providing accessible, comprehensive health care in partnership with our patients and community leading to healthy, changed lives.” As a faith-based health center, CHC strives to serve those most in need. They also spend time to connect their patients with medical specialists, programs and social service agencies which can provide assistance with unmet patient needs. With its main campus located at Liberty and Vine in Over-the-Rhine, CHC serves over 12,500 children and adults through three clinics and two school clinics.

In addition to financial support, Knox members can provide in-kind donations, particularly for new baby welcome items as well as books. CHC provides a book to every child who visits the facility – so picture books, early readers and chapter books are all desired. Gently used is great.

Found House Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)

https://www.foundhouse.org
Interfaith Hospitality Network IHN has two main areas of services. The core focus is to support families who have entered emergency shelter with evening housing provided by local congregational partners. IHN provides the tools, resources and support that families need to overcome homelessness. The second main area of service is support following graduation from emergency shelter. This includes a broad range of case management and financial support to help families stay in housing.

IHN has been a Knox mission partner for over 30 years. In addition to the financial support from the Mission committee, Knox provides housing for IHN families during one-week rotations. During these rotations, Knox provides IHN families with dinner, lunches for the next day, activities, a safe and comfortable place to sleep, and breakfast before returning to the IHN day center the following morning. For each rotation, we have an average of 50-60 Knox volunteers who share their time and talents with our IHN guests. There is always a need for new volunteers with each rotation.

Interfaith House of Adams County 

https://www.facebook.com/interfaithhouseohio/
The purpose of the Interfaith House of Adams County is to provide a centralized emergency assistance program in Adams County, Ohio (1 hour east of Cincinnati). Adams County is one of the poorest counties in Ohio under significant financial stress as well as dealing with an opioid drug crisis. This organization has been a Knox partner for over 30 years. They accomplish their mission by utilizing resources from an all-volunteer staff, financial donations from area churches like Knox, and in-kind donations from county partners like the local Walmart. The primary service is giving food and personal products to qualified applicants, but also summer and winter clothing, too. Knox provides about 10% of their annual financial needs as well as providing donations of pantry items for distribution. Interfaith House of Adams County currently supports between 300 and 400 families a month.

Montreat Conference Center

https://montreat.org  
Knox makes an annual donation to the Montreat Conference Center in North Carolina to provide scholarships for the summer Montreat youth conferences. These conferences provide youth an opportunity to come for a week to study, worship and enjoy recreation. These scholarships are made available to youth in need of financial assistance, including Knox and Third youth.

Knox traditionally sends a group of youth to Montreat in June, often joined by youth from Third and other local churches. The Knox youth group prepares for this trip, and historically presents a musical to the Knox community in late spring as a fund-raising effort to help cover trip expenses. Knox members are encouraged to support our youth by attending the performance, or by contributing through Knox to the trip expenses.

New Life Furniture Bank

https://nlfurniture.org
New Life Furniture Bank partners with local social service agencies to provide full house furniture to families and individuals overcoming devastating circumstances, so they can start their new life with hope and dignity.  Our vision is to share God’s love through the comfort and stability of furniture.

New Life Furniture has opportunities for volunteers to sort donations that adults and youth can participate in.  Adult volunteers can also be trained to help in the furniture making shop.

View a short video about NLFB with Knox members Jim Wuenker and Karen Wirthlin.  

NEXT Church

www.nextchurch.net
NEXT Church is a purposeful relational community of Presbyterian leaders whose mission is to share the good news of Jesus Christ in ways that matter to and have impact on God’s evolving world. The focus is on intentionally leading the church into effective and faithful ways to meet future needs and specifically strengthen the “relational fabric” of the church and communities served. In addition to financial support, Knox members and leaders participate in National Gatherings and other events and programs. There are additional opportunities for member engagement for interested members.

Presbytery of Cincinnati One Hopeful Fund

https://presbyteryofcincinnati.org/one-hopeful-fund-ohf/
One Hopeful Fund is an annual program funded by the shared mission giving of the Presbytery of Cincinnati congregations, supporting mission and ministry passions of the congregations within the Presbytery.  Congregations partner and collaborate in support of ministries both growing and established, as well as innovative mission work in the areas of evangelism, justice, and poverty.  Even during COVID in 2021, the OHF distributed more than $65,000 awarding 7 grants supporting mission work across greater Cincinnati, fulfilling the poverty support elemnt of Matthew 25.

Third Presbyterian Church 

http://www.thirdpcusa.org
Third Presbyterian Church fills a wide range of roles in the East Westwood community – from worship to recreation center, to tutoring, mentoring, shared meals and more.

The collaboration between Third and Knox has been in place for years and Third has been one of three focus areas for Knox Mission. Our engagement takes the form of personal engagement with programming, provision of technical and administrative expertise, and significant financial support.

Opportunities for Knox members include ongoing tutoring, mentoring (youth aged 13-18), men’s breakfast fellowship, plus ad hoc opportunities with VBS, community gardening, and recreation.

Transforming Jail Ministry 

https://www.tjmi.org
There is one overriding mission at Transforming Jail Ministries: to take God’s message of hope to those in jail. They hold a vision of jail as a place of change that is positive, profound, pervasive and permanent. TJM is supported by 23 churches in Cincinnati, by individuals, and by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

Knox provides financial support and members participate by volunteering to help with bible studies. Volunteers are part of a large organization of worship team members, chaplains and clergy, all supported by TJM’s staff.

West End Emergency Center 

https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/oh-cincinnati
The purpose of the West End Emergency Center is to provide a centralized emergency assistance program in the West End neighborhood utilizing the resources and expertise of neighborhood churches.

The primary service is that of a food and personal products pantry but assistance also includes summer and winter clothing Knox provides significant financial support to WEEC as well as providing donations of in-kind pantry products for distribution.

If you are interested in any of these programs,
please contact, Matt Burkart .