Stephen’s Table achieves its mission through a network of community-based committees staffed by a wide range of volunteers.  We refer to these committees as Yellow Ribbon Committees.  You probably know of the 1970s hit by Tony Orlando and Dawn, Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree. We named the Committees doing the work of Stephen’s Table after the same tradition that inspired that song – of placing a yellow ribbon on a tree in remembrance of a loved one in prison.

Prisoners who become a part of Stephen’s Table are matched to a Yellow Ribbon Committee and all of their contact is with the members of this Committee — even if they are primarily corresponding with one member of the Committee. In order to participate in Stephen’s Table, therefore, you must be a member of a Yellow Ribbon Committee.

Yellow Ribbon Committees may be sponsored by Chattanooga Endeavors or by Chattanooga area religious, civic, or community organizations. Those that are sponsored by other organizations are staffed by volunteers from their own membership. Those that are sponsored by Chattanooga Endeavors are open to the participation of any eligible volunteer.

Eligibility

Yellow Ribbon Committees are based in Chattanooga. However, because several Committees meet online, volunteers may come from anywhere in the world where there is internet access.  We encourage people who have served time in prison and their loved ones to volunteer with members of the community who have not had this life experience.

To be eligible to volunteer, you must be (a) at least 23 years old, unless volunteering through an academic or community organization, (b) not currently on active supervision with parole, probation, or community corrections, (c) free of any outstanding warrants or pending misdemeanor or felony charges, and (d) willing to adhere to our policies for nondiscrimination, drug-free workplace, mandatory reporting, and confidentiality.

Application Steps

If you are eligible and would like to apply, please:

  1. Read the Frequently Asked Questions
  2. Choose a meeting schedule (below) and contact the person in charge
  3. Read the policies for confidentiality, non-discrimination, and drug-free environment (below)
  4. Submit a Volunteer Application

Meeting Schedule

The following Yellow Ribbon Committees are open to the participation of any eligible volunteer.

Day Time Location Contact (click to email)
First Tuesdays  7:00 AM Contact for location
First Saturdays 10:00 AM Hamilton Community Church
Second Tuesdays 7:30 PM Online
Second Tuesdays 12:15 PM Online
Second Saturdays 10:00 AM New Horizon Church
Third Thursdays 5:00 PM New Horizon Church

Confidentiality Policy

Volunteers, board members, and employees will not disclose personal or private information belonging to, or obtained through their affiliation with Chattanooga Endeavors to any person, including their relatives, friends, and professional associates, unless required to do so by law or specifically authorized in writing.  Click for more information about our Confidentiality Policy.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Chattanooga Endeavors does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of employees, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our employees, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.  Click for more information about our Non-Discrimination Policy.

Drug Free Environment

The use of un-prescribed drugs or alcoholic beverages while in the service of Chattanooga Endeavors is inconsistent with the behavior expected of those entrusted with the organization’s mission of second chances because it trivializes the gravity of substance use disorders which are common among those served by the organization. It also subjects others to unacceptable safety risks and undermines the organization’s ability to operate effectively and efficiently in good stewardship of the charitable resources entrusted to it.  Drug-Free Environment.

Mandated Reporting

Everyone in Tennessee is a mandated reporter under state law. Any person with reasonable cause to believe a child is being abused or neglected must immediately report to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services or to local law enforcement.  Volunteers are encouraged to participate in the free online training about mandated reporting provided by the University of Tennessee College of Social Work. For more information, including a link to the free training, please go to Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Volunteer Application

To join a Yellow Ribbon Committee, please submit a Volunteer Application

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