More Information About Volunteering in Grainger County

The Glenmary Group Volunteer program is a retreat-like, mission immersion program for high school and college-age volunteers and is a ministry of Glenmary Home Missioners.

Each day, volunteers serve those most in need in Union and Grainger counties. Evenings are spent learning about Appalachian culture and experiencing mission life at the local Glenmary Catholic missions located in Rutledge (Grainger County) and nearby Maynardville (Union County). Each day ends with group reflection time. Through their participation, volunteers share in the service and ministry of Glenmary.

WHERE

  • The volunteer site is located about 30 minutes northeast of Knoxville, Tenn., near Rutledge, in Grainger County.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE AND FOR HOW LONG

  • Groups are limited to 12 participants, 15 years-of-age and older. Applications are currently being accepted for groups to serve five-seven days.

WHO WILL BE SERVED

  • Volunteers will serve the needs of those living in need in Union and Grainger counties. Two distinct cultures are found in these counties: Appalachian and Latino. The Appalachian culture runs deep in these areas where Latino farm workers—who work in the local tomato fields—have also settled over the past decade. This diverse population and the opportunities to serve provide volunteers a unique flavor of the missionary work of Glenmary priests, brothers and lay coworkers.

WHAT WORK WILL BE DONE

  • We will be providing home repairs for those in need, helping meet the needs of the local Latino tomato pickers and their families, working at a local food pantry, visiting a local nursing home, and working at a local residence for children at risk. In the evenings, we will visit the new Glenmary Catholic mission communities in each county, as well as visit the churches of other local denomination. We'll also visit various cultural sites to showcase the beauty of Union and Grainger counties.

WHERE VOLUNTEERS STAY

  • There are two buildings on the nine-acre site, each with central heat and cooling. One building is designated for men and the other for women. There are also areas set aside for staff. Volunteer accommodations include bunk beds, bathrooms and showers that use well water, and a kitchen where all meals are prepared and eaten. There is also an area set aside for private reflection and prayer.

COST

  • A fee of $225 per volunteer, per week, will help defray the operating costs for this program. The fee covers food, board, and accident insurance for those who come and serve  the home missions.

TO LEARN MORE

Here are some resources to help you learn more about this area of East Tennessee and about the mission and ministry of Glenmary Home Missioners.

Grainger County Facts

Union County Facts

Glenmary Father Steve Pawelk's blog about pastoring missions in Rutledge and
Maynardville.