Glenmary Volunteer Program

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 is 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 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 serving at Joppa Mountain.

Type of Placement

Long-term: Four 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.

Program Size

Long-term: Four long term volunteers per year in rural Appalachia. Short-term: Groups of 12 to 24 per week long session.


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 Arrangements

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.


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

Start Date


Joseph Grosek


1943 Joppa Mountain Road
Rutledge, TN 37861
Phone: 606 202-3658


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