Carry the Torch Knoxville is an annual event that features speakers who have an impact on the issues of homelessness, mental health and, families. The purpose of this event is two-fold: it is a fundraiser for the Volunteer Ministry Center (VMC) and a mechanism to educate the public that homelessness is a community problem. Carry the Torch features a mission fair at which attendees can sign up to volunteer for a variety of programs throughout the Knoxville area.  

CTT 2021



 Due to the rise in COVID cases, VMC has made the decision to reschedule Carry the Torch 2021 with Gregory J. Boyle from September 15 to December 16, 2021. For additional information, please contact Mary Beth Ramey at 865-524-3926x22.




The Volunteer Ministry Center is the host agency for Carry the Torch Knoxville. VMC is dedicated to ending and preventing homelessness in Knoxville. The mission of the Volunteer Ministry Center is to facilitate permanent supportive housing for those who are homeless and to provide services to prevent homelessness. 

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The first Carry the Torch Knoxville event was held in 2009 and featured Ron Hall and Denver Moore from the book Same Kind of Different As Me. There was magic in the air that day as guests were led to carry the torch. Since then, Carry the Torch has been held annually and has featured nationally recognized authors and speakers. 

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Volunteer Ministry Center

511 N. Broadway

Knoxville, TN 37917

865-524-3924 x229


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