We love bringing new people alongside us to help out in the work and ministry we are doing in Knoxville with our refugee friends. No matter your age, background or skill set we would love to talk with you about partnering with us. Even if you aren't sure how you can serve, we would love to talk with you more about the refugee population so you can join us as advocates and educators in our community.


One of our main volunteer needs right now is for childcare during our life skills classes so that the refugee women can be a part of the lesson. Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 11:45-1:45 at The Pines apartment complex in the Learning Center. Positions need to be filled by females who are comfortable with infants, toddlers and pre-k children. This is a wonderful opportunity to help refugee women learn English and American Culture! If you are interested in volunteering or finding out more information about this opportunity fill out our volunteer application below.


Other needs we currently have if interested are:

  • Transportation
  • Fundraising
  • Helping with events
  • Tutoring
  • Home visits
  • Teaching class
  • Research
  • Social media



here are some of our children from our life skills class on tuesday and thursday.


african refugees learning how to budget in a life skills class.

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Donate Financially

Donate Financially

Donating financially is one way you can partner with Center of Light. With your donations we are able to provide more and more resources for our refugee friends around Knoxville. Your donations not only help us provide current services to refugees, but also allow us to accomplish our goal of having a housing complex and resource center for our Knoxville refugees. We appreciate your willingness to partner with us and become advocates for our friends.

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trinity foundation

Our organization was awarded our first grant by the Trinity Foundation in July of 2017! Through this donation we were able to launch our Life Skills classes and assist our construction crew with tools. In October we received phase two of this grant and are so excited for the resources this will provide for us. See the article here: http://www.trinityfound.org/2017-phase-ii-winners

Donate Supplies

Donate Supplies

If you are interested in donating supplies to COL email jani@centeroflightknoxville.org to coordinate drop-off.

Here is a list of supplies we will be needing at the beginning of the year for our Life Skills classes:

  • Grease board/markers
  • Printer paper
  • Printer Ink (LC20EBK, LC20EY, LC20EC and LC20EM)
  • Colored Cardstock
  • Easel




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