Glenmary Volunteer Program
Affiliation:Glenmary Home Missioners
Goal of Program:The Glenmary Volunteer program at Joppa Mountain, Tennessee 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 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 months are offered for those who want to serve longer than a week 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 long term volunteers 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
The Glenmary Group Volunteer Program or Joppa Mountain or Toppa Joppa is a retreat like mission immersion program for High School, College, and Adult Groups. The goal of the program is to connect individuals with God, help them find Christ in others, and teach them to serve others first and put themselves second. While service is the foundation of the program, it also strives to develop community and to deepen faith through the context of shared experiences. Volunteers come not only to serve but also to learn about the rich culture and traditions present in the Appalachian regions where they serve. It aims to broaden volunteers' understanding of the causes of poverty, oppression and injustice—and how their life choices can impact these issues. It is our long-term, yearlong volunteers or Mountain Managers that act as a catalyst to these volunteers and the community. They not only serve the needs of those in need in Grainger County, but the needs of the volunteers who come to serve from a multitude of different places in the United States. It is a unique experience, which allows you to see the growth of individual volunteers and in the community. We try to show social justice problems and not preach them. We hope to show the insight into the goodness of all people by simplicity, community, and service to others.