KARM is fueled by volunteers
Use your God-given gifts to serve the most vulnerable in our community.
Serve at KARM
We’re excited that you are interested in learning more about volunteering at Knox Area Rescue Ministries!
We invite you to attend our next KARM Encounter. Attending a KARM Encounter is a safe way for you to explore who KARM is, what we do, take a tour and see if we may be a fit for you.
To sign up for our next KARM Encounter please click the button below.
*** If you are interested in community service hours, please click the button below to sign up for service at one of our 20 KARM thrift stores.
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:40
Ready to change lives?
Volunteering at KARM means more than just giving your time. It means feeding the hungry, clothing the needy, cherishing those oftentimes forgotten, and sharing the love of Christ.
Frequently Asked Volunteer Questions
Thank you for your interest in learning more about volunteering at KARM. Below are some links to help you.
What kind of volunteer opportunities exist at KARM?
There are many important ways to partner with KARM in serving our guests. You can serve as an individual or bring your group! KARM offers short-term opportunities like serving a meal or participating in a special event. For those who desire to make 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 a real difference! Every interaction with our guests is critical. Every smile, prayer, phone call, transport is an opportunity to plant a seed and to give someone dignity.
How do I get started volunteering?
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Is there an age requirement to serve at KARM?
Are KARM Stores and KARM the same thing?
Though ultimately connected, KARM (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. On the other hand, KARM Stores is a Christian ministry that serves the Knoxville community by offering affordable merchandise as a ministry to the public. How are they connected? The revenue generated by KARM Stores through the sale of donated items is used to support the ongoing work of Knox Area Rescue Ministries.
Does KARM provide volunteering opportunities at the KARM Stores?
Though ultimately connected, KARM and KARM Stores are different not-for-profit entities and, therefore, KARM Stores offers their own volunteer ministry opportunities. To explore volunteering at KARM Stores, email