KARM is fueled by volunteers.

Volunteering at KARM means more than just giving your time. It means feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, cherishing the forgotten and sharing the love of Christ. Come use your God-given gifts to serve the most vulnerable in our community.

We’re excited you want to learn more about volunteering at one of the KARM campuses (the main shelter and/or Serenity)! To learn more and/or set up a tour, email Jo-Ann Hansen at jhansen@karm.org.

Volunteer Coordinator

Jo-Ann Hansen
865-387-7477

Frequently Asked Questions

There are many ways to partner with KARM to serve our guests. Short-term opportunities include serving a meal, participating in a special event, etc. You can serve as an individual or bring your group!

For those wanting a deeper commitment, many ongoing ministry opportunities exist such as mentors, front desk, facilitators, teachers and administrative support.

Whether you serve at an event once a year or serve our guests weekly or monthly, God can use you to make an eternal difference in their lives! Every interaction with guests is critical. Every smile, prayer, phone call, transport is an opportunity to plant a seed and rekindle hope.

To learn more about volunteering at KARM, email Jo-Ann Hansen at jhansen@karm.org.

Download our directions and parking information:

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Once you park in our designated parking area, walk toward the front of the building (which faces Broadway and is across from Salvation Army), ring the doorbell and someone will buzz you in. If you are new to KARM and prefer someone to walk in with you, call the front desk (865) 673-6540 and someone will be happy to escort you.

When we enter someone else’s home or business, it’s important to dress in a way that respects the guidelines of that environment. KARM is home to many men and women, so when you visit KARM, you’re entering their home. To ensure the safest environment for everyone, it’s important to dress in a manner that shows respect for both our guests and volunteers. T-shirts and jeans are often the best choice. PLEASE, NO SHORT SHORTS OR TANK TOPS—a particularly important caution if you’re bringing a student or youth group. We ask you to wear closed-toed shoes and comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

Thirteen (13) is the minimum age for short-term opportunities like serving a meal or participating in a group project. Volunteers under age 18 must serve with a chaperone and must have a signed parental permission and waiver form. Most volunteer opportunities are open to qualified men and women 18 years or older.

We have a perfect volunteer opportunity for younger children—“Every Bed Every Day” (EBED); for more information about EBED, email Jordan Foxwell at jfoxwell@karm.org.

Though connected, Knox Areas Rescue Ministries is different from KARM Stores. Knox Area Rescue Ministries is a Christ-centered rescue mission that provides rescue, recovery and restoration to many homeless women and men in Knoxville. KARM Stores is a Christian ministry that generates revenue for KARM through the sale of donated items.

KARM Stores offers their own volunteer ministry opportunities. To explore volunteering at KARM Stores, click here.

 

We are unable to accommodate Court Ordered Community Service volunteers at Knox Area Rescue Ministries. However, KARM Stores may be able to accommodate this need. Please visit our KARM Stores Volunteer Page for more information on Court Ordered Community Service.