One in Ministry to the Community

Cannon is committed to providing opportunities for small groups and individuals to serve our community.  They vary according to the dates and times you can serve, the level of commitment required, and the type of service.  We will continue to identify new ways to serve in an effort to best match Cannon’s resources and availability with community needs.  Below you will find some of the current opportunities available if you or your small group is interested in serving in our community.


Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative (Mondays, 2:45-7:00) – contact: Jeff & Linda Marlin (404.428.9783)

The Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry is a clearinghouse that offers food, clothing, and monetary support to individuals in need in the Snellville/Grayson area.  Responsibilities may include sorting and dating donated food, packing food boxes, restocking shelves, and helping clients with groceries.  You may help at any time during the period, but the co-op can only accommodate 6 to 8 people (until it moves to the new location).  For more info:


Book bags for DFCS – contact: Sue Elser

There are approximately 450 students currently in foster care in Gwinnett County. You can help these kids have book bags and school supplies for the upcoming school year by donating book bags filled with school supplies;  purchasing and donating additional school supplies and/or empty book bags; volunteering to help sort/fill/load/deliver book bags. Get the supply list here.


G.O. Team Ministry– contact: Claire Collins

Volunteers are needed to come and read with students (for 20 minutes) and help hand out donated books.  The morning before, we also need a few folks to help sort donated books by classroom.


Family Promise  – contact: Carol Bohannon

Family Promise is a nonprofit, interfaith organization dedicated to mobilizing congregations to end homelessness – one family at a time. Cannon is one of 13 Host Congregation in the Gwinnett Network. As a host congregation, we provide lodging, three meals a day and caring hospitality to several families 3 to 4 times a year.  Responsibilities vary from making meals, to doing laundry, to moving beds in and out, to spending the night.

For more information about Family Promise, browse their web site at


Trinity Table  – contact: Janis Ivie

Twice a year, we prepare a hot meal to serve approximately 400 hungry and homeless men, women, and children in downtown Atlanta. Cannon has been a part of this mission since the mid-1980s. We ask the congregation to prepare over 1600 sandwiches and 80 gallons of soup. Volunteers are also needed to drive to Trinity UMC to serve the guests.


Gwin Oaks Reader (One morning a week, 30 minutes) – contact: Claire Collins

After a quick training/orientation, get matched up with an elementary student and choose a weekly time during school to meet with them and help them improve their reading skills.


Gwin Oaks Kindergarten Help (Weekly, school year) – contact: Claire Collins

At the beginning of each school year, kindergarten teachers get volunteer help for new students starting school.  These volunteers continue to help out in the kindergarten classroom a day or so a week throughout the school year.


Gwin Oaks Library Help (School hours) – contact: Claire Collins

Volunteers are needed to assist in the school library reshelving and checking out books.


Five Forks Fathers (School hours & special events) – contact:

Men provide an adult presence in the school to promote safety, assist faculty as needed, and encourage students.


Cannon Cancer Ministry (Varied)

Volunteer opportunities include prayer, preparing meals, providing transportation, housekeeping, running errands, lawn care, and making prayer bearers.  For more information and to get involved:

Contact: Susan Thomas (
Phone:  770.315.0247

Contact: Pat Edwards (
Phone:  678.501.6462