Information for Volunteers & Chaperones

Thank you for agreeing to volunteer at Glenmary's Group Volunteer Program at Toppa Joppa! You will have a fun, faith-filled week of service in one of America's most beautiful settings. 

Our site

Our physical address is 1943 Joppa Mountain Road, Rutledge, TN 37861. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 69, Rutledge, TN 37861. You can access the site on Google Maps and Mapquest. If you need directions, I would be happy to send them to you. The emergency contact number is 606-202-3658, Volunteer Director Joe Grosek's cell phone. Parents can also try the program's landline, 865-828-3977.

We are atop a mountain, so be aware that road is pretty windy. Also, please check the weather before arriving, the mountain is last to be plowed when it snows. You can call Joe Grosek to check on road conditions if you are worried about the mountain being snowy and icy.

Arrival

We ask groups to arrive between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on the first day, but we understand if you arrive later due to driving distance and will work around your arrival time. Groups typically leave between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on the last day to allow time for the drive home. We are open to a group leaving earlier if they need the time to drive home.

Before you arrive

All forms and payment must be mailed to Joe Grosek, Glenmary Volunteer Director, P.O. Box 69, Rutledge, TN 37861 a week before you arrive. Any checks should be made out to the Glenmary Home Missioners. Please let us know how many people are coming, the breakdown of sexes and any injuries and allergies your group has.

Insurance

Accidents happen, so please make sure that all volunteers have insurance cards or information with them when they arrive. It may help to send a copy of the insurance card and medical information for each volunteer when the insurance release forms are submitted. Getting this information to the Volunteer Director early will allow the volunteer staff to determine if there are special medical needs prior to your group's arrival.

Parking and transportation

When arriving, please park at the upper building, which has a large ramp. Chaperones should budget money for gasoline during their week of service. Often, volunteer groups are asked to use their own vehicles to help transport volunteers to our sites.

Where you will serve

Volunteers can't choose how or where they will serve. For the program to work, volunteers must accept that they will serve the Tennessee mission site and area as well as each other. The Glenmary Group Volunteer experience is fun, but volunteers must work hard and stretch themselves to reap the greater gifts that the experience has to offer. We ask volunteers take off their watches, enjoy the week on God's time and fully experience the nature, people, service and the community of faith they will find at Toppa Joppa.

Mountain Managers

Long-term volunteers known as Mountain Managers operate the Glenmary Volunteer Program. The long-term volunteers in conjunction with the Glenmary Volunteer Director set up each day's schedule and act as liaisons between the community and volunteers. During the service week, there will be many staff meetings between chaperones and long-term volunteers. It is important that all problems and concerns are addressed during these meetings.

Dogs

There are two outside dogs on the mountain, Belle and Beta. They are probably the friendliest dogs in the world as they see so many new faces and volunteers. They are outside dogs, so no worries if you are allergic to dogs.