Executive Director | Christmas Wishes Coordinator | Workdays Coordinator
Executive Director | Christmas Wishes Coordinator | Workdays Coordinator
I live in Maryville with my amazing dog, Macgyver, my granddogs, Koda and Zoey, and my great niece-dog, Petunia. My Mom and nephew, Nathan, also live with me temporarily. My 19 yo daughter, Grace, is away at college. One of my favorite things is when she comes home or I go stay with her for a visit! In addition to being the Executive Director for and a Board member of CommunityWorx, I work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Lifestance. Also, having coordinated local mission work since 2008, I have had the opportunity to serve and serve with amazing people in Blount County! Those opportunities led to the development of CommunityWorx and its programs. I love all of our programs, each being unique and purposeful, chosen to fill an unmet need that was identified alongside others involved with families in need in our community. My greatest joy is seeing the collaboration of volunteers and donors and how each one with each gift is pulled together at just the right time to fulfill a need for each individual along our path. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this journey of serving. It is a beautiful picture of God using people for His glory.
I live in Maryville with my husband, Rick, and our 3 cats and 2 grandcats. Our son, Alec, and his wife, Allie, live out of state, but we enjoy visits as often as we can. I contract as an auditor for several companies in addition to my role as Administrative Assistant with CommunityWorx which I have done since July 2021. I have volunteered with CommunityWorx since 2017 when it started; however, after meeting Carol Lucas at Victory Baptist Church in 2012, I began participating in local mission work that is a part of CommunityWorx's history. Though I have helped in all of the programs and see them as beneficial, my favorite is ChristmasWishes because it helps local children in need, and the churches who partner with us for the Celebrations share the Gospel with the families.
Kim Antonio lives in Maryville and has been working with the ChristmasWishes program for over ten years. Her desire to help children in need is rooted in her background in elementary education and preschool music education. While staying home with her school age children and caring for her mother, she volunteered with several non-profit organizations. When
CommunityWorx was formed, she was asked to become a member of the board. Currently she
works as an Administrative Assistant with the Blount County School District. She enjoys reading, crafting, organizing her newly empty nest, watching football with her husband, Dan and enjoying life with her two dogs.
I live in Maryville with my husband Tim, and our cat Misha. Our daughter, Sarah also lives in Maryville. I began serving in the ROC program at First Baptist Church Maryville years ago and continued serving when it merged into CommunityWorx in 2017. I enjoy working with the Christmas Wishes program and have been involved with it for many years. It is a joy to be able to help bring the story of Christmas to the families we serve. CommunityWorx gives so many different opportunities to serve those in our community. There is definitely an area to use the gifts and talents God has given you to be able minister to those in need.
I live in Maryville with my husband, Mike, and our dog Gibbs. I also have 2 sons, a daughter-in-law and 2 precious grandbabies that I love to spend time with any time I can. Being a Granna is the best! I learned about CommunityWorx through my employer, Truist Bank, 4 years ago with the ChristmasWishes program. I volunteered to help at the Christmas party that year and continued each year since. I am involved in most aspects of the ChristmasWishes program and also the Firewood Program. I enjoy the Christmas party because it is great to see the faces of the children that will have a nice Christmas because of the great volunteers and sponsors. It is also a great opportunity to share the love of Jesus to some who may never hear about Him any other way. The Firewood Program is also vital for the community because so many would not be able to keep warm without the wood that the ministry provides. I volunteer because the Lord saved me and wants to use me to shine His light so others may come to know Him as well.
I live in Maryville with my wife, Sheri, and our dog Gibbs. I moved here 7 years ago after being led to the Lord at Miracle Lake Christian Training Center. I spent many years abusing drugs and alcohol, but the Lord has saved me from that lifestyle and laid it on my heart to volunteer in my community. My sister, Carol, helped me find an organization in which to volunteer. After she started CommunityWorx, I became the Coordinator of the Firewood Program that helps provide warmth for those who cannot afford to heat their homes. I also volunteer in other areas of the ministry that need help.
We are happy retirees living in the county south of Maryville with a view of the mountains. Since we arrived in Maryville in 2006, we have served in two different ministries with Carol. So when she decided to start the third one, CommunityWorx, she invited us to join her. We have two favorite programs which are Gap and Christmas Wishes. Both of these programs are invaluable to our community. We feel blessed to serve God and our community through CommunityWorx.
My name is Emily Byrd and I live in Maryville, TN with my husband, Tom, and two dogs, Otis and Ellie Mae. I became involved with CommunityWorx at the very beginning approximately 18 years ago when it was ROC at Maryville First Baptist Church. I guess my favorite program is ChristmasWishes since that is the program I’m most involved in (I plan the crafts for the parties among other things). I love everything about ChristmasWishes but I like how it gives us the opportunity to minister to the families at such a special time of the year. I choose to be involved with CommunityWorx because I believe in what it stands for, being the hands and feet of Jesus in our community.
My name is Silvia Roca and I live in Alcoa, TN with my two fur babies Cuba and Gabi. I was a teacher in the Alcoa City School system for 36 years, then 4 more years in the Family Resource Center which is where I learned about Community Worx. I’ve volunteered with the organization for the past 10 years in Christmas Wishes, Volunteer Workdays and have been a part of the board since it was formed in 2017. hristmas Wishes is my favorite program that I’ve participated in mainly because it involves a child’s whole family and culminates in a party where we get to celebrate with the kids. There are many ways to volunteer with Community Worx and I’ve tried to volunteer in all of them. I will always be a part of this organization.
I live in Maryville and am married to Allen, another CommunityWorx volunteer. We have 2 adult children who live in East Tennessee and a nearly perfect cat. I started working with CommunityWorx when it came to my church about 10 years ago. I've been involved in several of the programs and have enjoyed participating in each one. I like being a part of CommunityWorx because it provides wonderful opportunities to have direct involvement with helping others in our community and it offers a blessing that goes both ways!
A lifetime Knoxville-area resident, I now live in Alcoa with my wife of 33 years and three sons, ages 23, 16, and 13. My introduction to CommunityWorx was about 5 years ago on a Volunteer Workday through my church. Since then, my participation has grown to also include Christmas Wishes and the Firewood Ministry. My involvement with CommunityWork has allowed me and my family to give back to the community in a small way. It is very easy in today’s society to lose sight of just how blessed we truly are. Working with CommunityWorx has made me appreciate just how richly God has blessed me and my family.
I live in Maryville with my husband Robert. I have two sons: Isaac, who is a school counselor and an Anglican priest, and Nicholas, who is operations manager with Avis-Budget Group in New Orleans. I first learned about CommunityWorx through the ChristmasWishes program.Then, I learned more about the outreach programs, As the literary coach for a local middle school, I sought opportunities for our students to connect with service groups to provide student-written books to young children and saw an opportunity to form a partnership between our Books of Hope and CommunityWorx. For several years, the seventh-grade students at Carpenters Middle School wrote and illustrated books for children served through CommunityWorx. My favorite program is the ChristmasWishes program, which provides holiday gifts to area families who are facing challenging situations. At the same time, folks in our community learn about and meet the needs of fellow Blount Countians. The program is a win-win: parents facing difficult financial decisions around the holiday season are empowered and community members learn to put service into action.
My wife, Jenny, and I live in Alcoa. We have a son, Jase, and a daughter, Lea. We came to be involved with Community Worx through Carol Lucas and the Alcoa Family Resource Center. Christmas Wishes is one of my favorite programs – Making sure every family and child feels the joy of Christ birth, and the love we all share as Christians. Community Worx focuses on the specific needs in our community (volunteer workdays, Firewood, Christmas Wishes, etc.) while maintaining a hand up, not hand out approach – This is a key reason I am proud to be affiliated with Community Worx, they help lift people up, and show them the love we have for one another through our actions.