Knox Area Rescue Ministries hosts numerous events throughout the year. Some events, like the Dinner of Hope and the KARM Dragon Boat Festival, are fundraisers to carry on the ministry of KARM, since as a non-profit charity KARM receives no federal, state or United Way funding and is dependent on the generosity of donors and supporters to care for those we serve.

Many of our events are “give back” opportunities to serve the broader East Tennessee community. These include our annual Stuff the Backpacks school supplies drive, the Baskets of Hope Thanksgiving food collection, and the Coats for the Cold coat giveaway. These events may be considered homelessness prevention efforts, since the majority of those goods collected are given to any in our community in need, and distributed to other area organizations who serve the poor.

All events at KARM depend heavily on volunteer participation!  To learn more about volunteering at KARM, visit

Host an Event with Knox Area Rescue Ministries

Are you hosting an event or promotion in which you’d like to contribute a portion of your proceeds?  Are you a restaurant or retail store looking to donate a part of your sales? Would you be willing to collect cash donations to help the homeless, hungry and hurting? Imagine how you, your school, church, or company can start something small, or large, either way, we need your help!

In order for us to learn more about your idea and how we can help, please contact us to share your idea. We look forward to hearing from you!

If you have event questions, please contact

If you’d like to host a drive for goods or gift-in-kind items for the ministry,

If you wish to organize a donation drive for KARM Stores, please contact Evan at 865.456.3978 or  


For a list of all 2018 Volunteer Opportunities, visit the KARM volunteer page HERE.  Thank you!