KARM is fueled by volunteers
Use your God-given gifts to serve the most vulnerable in our community.
Serve at KARM
KARM is fueled by amazing people. Our staff and volunteers live out their calling and use their God-given gifts to serve the most vulnerable in our community. We are God-dependent, biblically-grounded, people-centered, church- and volunteer-rooted, excellence-minded people who are dedicated to the homeless, poor and needy for Christ’s sake.
Whether your desire is serving in a short-term capacity like preparing a meal or praying over beds OR diving deeper by serving with one of our eight ministry efforts, every volunteer opportunity begins with a KARM Encounter. A KARM Encounter gives you the opportunity to learn about what we do, why we do it and why volunteers are so vital to the work of Jesus in and outside our walls at Knox Area Rescue Ministries. Please click the button below to sign up for our next KARM Encounter.
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?
Whether your interest is short-term or ongoing or for yourself or your group, every volunteer opportunity begins by attending a KARM Encounter (Click to Register for a KARM Encounter) The Encounter is a simple way to explore serving at KARM that ensure the experience is the best for you and our guests.
Download our directions and parking informations:
How do I enter the building?
Once you park in our designated parking area on the right side of the building, walk toward the front of the building (which faces Broadway and is across from the 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, please call the front desk (865) 673-6540 and someone will be happy to escort you.
What do I wear?
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 a home to many men and women. When you visit KARM, you are entering their home. So, to ensure the safest environment for all, it’s important to dress in a manner that gives dignity to our guests and respects their home. We ask you to wear closed-toed shoes and comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. T-shirts and jeans are often the best choice. Please, NO short-shorts or tank tops. This is a particularly important caution if you’re bringing a student or youth group.
Is there an age requirement to serve at KARM?
Yes, the minimum age for short-term opportunities like participation in a group project or serving a meal is 13. Volunteers under age 18 must serve with a chaperone and must have a signed parental permission and waiver form. Most other volunteer opportunities are open to qualified men and women 18 years or older.
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 the 18 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
Do you provide volunteering opportunities for court-ordered community service?
We are unable to accommodate Court Ordered Community Service volunteers at Knox Area Rescue Ministries. However, KARM Stores may be able to accommodate you. Please visit our KARM Stores Volunteer Page for more information on court ordered community service.