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LEARN, SERVE, LOVE

Make a Difference in Appalachia with a Catholic Service Trip!

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FALL 2024

$275

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WINTER 2024

$175

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SPRING 2024

$275

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SUMMER 2024

$300

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KNOXVILLE ATLANTA CHARLOTTE LOUISVILLE NASHVILLE Glenmary Farmat Joppa Mountain

Glenmary Farm

at Joppa Mountain
1943 Joppa Mountain Road
Rutledge, TN 37861
There are two housing facilities on our 10-acre site with enough space to accommodate groups of up to 25 people. Each house has a main living area, toilet, and shower. All living quarters have central heating and cooling.

GLENMARY VOLUNTEER MISSION TRIPS

Serving with Glenmary’s Group Volunteer Program is truly a “mountain-top” experience you won’t forget.

LIFE CHANGING SERVICE IN THE HEART OF APPALACHIA

LIFE CHANGING SERVICE IN THE HEART OF APPALACHIA

KNOXVILLE ATLANTA CHARLOTTE LOUISVILLE NASHVILLE Glenmary Farmat Joppa Mountain

WHAT TO EXPECT

Each weeklong session blends service, prayer, reflection and sharing in an environment of simple living. The goal is Christ-centered service.

HOME REPAIR + RENOVATIONS

HOME REPAIR + RENOVATIONS

We perform home repairs that fit the skills and abilities of our volunteers. Anyone with an open heart to serve can join us in this ministry, though construction skills are always welcome!

FOOD PANTRIES

FOOD PANTRIES

Our volunteers provide labor by packing boxes for distribution at food pantries.

PRAYER AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH

PRAYER AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Each day at the Glenmary Farm on Joppa Mountain begins and ends with prayer. We attend Mass at a Glenmary mission and visit other Christian denominations as well, a great introduction to the local culture.

KINGSWOOD HOME FOR CHILDREN

KINGSWOOD HOME FOR CHILDREN

We help at Kingswood, a non-profit group home for displaced children. The home provides an environment where children can develop a personal relationship with God.

CAMP FIESTA

CAMP FIESTA

Each summer, we run a day-camp for local children at a nearby mobile-home park. Their families are primarily agricultural workers, Latinos, who put in long hours during this season.

EVENING ACTIVITIES

EVENING ACTIVITIES

We tour the county to get a taste of Appalachian heritage. We end each evening reflecting on how we’ve experienced God that day in the faces of those we serve and in the places we visited.

WHAT OUR TRIPS INCLUDE

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE

Groups are limited to 24 participants, ages 14 years and older. Adult chaperones must accompany groups with members 18 years old and younger. Groups serve for three to seven days.

HOUSING + FACILITIES

Our fully heated and air-conditioned house sits on a scenic 10-acre site. Multiple rooms with bunks separate chaperones and students. There are two-and-a-half bathrooms, a kitchen, and an area for reflection and prayer. 

WEEKLY FEE PER VOLUNTEER

This cost covers room and board as well as accident insurance for each volunteer.

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Join us for a retreat-like mission-immersion program for high school, college, and adult volunteers.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Volunteers and chaperones should pack enough casual, comfortable clothing for a week. Remember to include extra clothes that you are not afraid to get dirty, painted on or possibly ruined. See here for a full packing list!

Volunteers and chaperones should pack enough casual, comfortable clothing for a week. Remember to include extra clothes that you are not afraid to get dirty, painted on or possibly ruined. See here for a full packing list!

Our fully heated and air-conditioned house sits on a scenic 10-acre site. Multiple rooms with bunks separate chaperones and students. There are two-and-a-half bathrooms, a kitchen, and an area for reflection and prayer. 

Every volunteer should bring about $40 with them. The volunteers have opportunities to purchase T-Shirts, local crafts and to eat at a local restaurant.

Absolutely no alcohol or drugs are permitted at any Glenmary Group Volunteer Site.

Volunteers and chaperones should pack enough casual, comfortable clothing for a week. Remember to include extra clothes that you are not afraid to get dirty, painted on or possibly ruined.

Yes, there is, but we hope cell phone usage will not distract those who serve from those they serve with and those they serve.

Still Have Questions?

For more information about our Catholic volunteer program at Glenmary Farm at Joppa Mountain, please contact:

JOE GROSEK

Director of Glenmary’s volunteer programs

jgrosek@glenmary.org 606-202-3658

LONG-TERM VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Being one of Glenmary’s Mountain Managers is a faith based long term service opportunity that allows the individual to serve those most in need in Union and Grainger county, as well as those who come to serve as week long volunteers with Glenmary at the Glenmary Farm at Joppa Mountain.

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LIFE CHANGING MISSION-IMMERSION

This week will change your life! Learn, pray, serve, and return home with a new understanding.

OUR PARTNERS

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ABOUT GLENMARY

Glenmary is a Catholic society of priests, brothers and lay missioners who serve primarily in Appalachia and the deep South. Glenmary was founded in 1939 by Father William Howard Bishop, who had a dream that the Catholic Church would be present everywhere in the United States. 

Glenmary has served mission churches in 14 states with the goal to return newly developed parishes to the care of the local diocese. We can then move on to new mission territory. 

Glenmary is proud that more than 120 parishes are former Glenmary missions. Our missions are in counties where less than 1% of the population is Catholic, as high as 75% claim no faith affiliation at all. Poverty averages 20%, almost two times the national average.

Glenmary Farm

at Joppa Mountain
1943 Joppa Mountain Road
Rutledge, TN 37861
There are two housing facilities on our 10-acre site with enough space to accommodate groups of up to 25 people. Each house has a main living area, toilet, and shower. All living quarters have central heating and cooling.