Glenmary Volunteer Program
Affiliation:Glenmary Home Missioners
Goal of Program:Located about thirty minutes from Knoxville, Tennessee, near Rutledge, in Grainger County, the Glenmary Group Volunteer program at Joppa Mountain, also known as Toppa Joppa, is a retreat-like, mission immersion program for high school, college-age and adult volunteer groups to experience the mission and ministry of the Glenmary Home Missioners. OUR MISSION Glenmary’s Group Volunteer Program is designed to give participants a firsthand experience of missionary service. Each week-long session is a retreat-like mission immersion blending the values of service, culture, prayer, reflection and sharing in an environment of simple living. It is the goal of the program to connect young people with God, help them find Christ in others, and teach them to serve others first and put themselves second. Glenmary's long-term volunteers act as a catalyst to volunteer groups serving with Glenmary's Group Volunteer Program on Joppa Mountain (Toppa Joppa) and to those living in Tennessee's Grainger and Union counties. They not only help serve the needs of the materially needy living in these counties, but also the needs of the volunteers who come from a multitude of places in the United States to serve at Toppa Joppa.
Type of Placement:Long-term: Five individuals to serve as leaders of the short-term groups. Short-term: Year round placements of five to 10 days in Appalachian setting for cross-cultural mission immersion experience.
Service Area:Grainger and Union Counties in Tennessee
Service Length:Long-term: 3-24 monthsvare offered for those who want to serve long term Short-term: 2 -7 days are offered with preference given to groups who serve 6-7 days at site.
Requirements:Long-term: Mountain Managers must be 21 years and older and have a High School Degree, The Mountain Manager application includes background check and psychological to determine if the individual is suited for Mission life. Short term: 14 years and older open to serve a week in the missions of rural USA
Financial Arrangement:Long-term: Room and board, full medical benefits, vehicle provided, unlimited long domestic telephone use, student loan assistance and monthly stipend.. Short-term: Room and board and coverage by accidental injury insurance.
Living Arrangements:Long-term: Tiny houses in rural setting. Live in community with other long term volunteer(s). Short-term: Live in community with other volunteers in dormitory-style dwelling.
Program Size:Long-term: Five per year in rural Appalachia. Short-term: Groups of 12 to 24 per week long session.
Training:Long-term: Orientation by Volunteer Director and other personnel of the Glenmary Home Missioners and local professionals. Short-term: Orientation given on-site by long-term volunteers and Glenmary Volunteer Director.
Application Deadline:Long-term: Ongoing. Short-term: year round opportunities
Current Urgent Opportunities
Glenmary's long-term volunteers act as a catalyst to volunteer groups serving with Glenmary's Group Volunteer Program on Joppa Mountain (Toppa Joppa) and to those living in need in Tennessee's Grainger and Union counties. They not only help serve the needs of the those in need living in these counties, but also the needs of the volunteers who come from a multitude of places in the United States to serve at Toppa Joppa. The time volunteers spent at Toppa Joppa is a unique experience, one that allows the volunteer to see the growth of individual volunteers and be a part of the life of this Applachian region. Those who work at Toppa Joppa try to illuminate problems in the areas of social justice to live simply in community. Glenmary provides long-term volunteers with an opportunity to live these simple values away from the hectic pace of society. Glenmary provides room, board, a 300.00 dollar a month stipend,help with student loans and health insurance to long-term volunteers.