Goal of Program:Emmaus Farm is a nonprofit organization dedicated to service in the community of rural Lewis County, Kentucky. Our volunteer staff of Farm Managers facilitates a week of service to Lewis County, Appalachian cultural immersion, and spiritual retreat in the Catholic tradition, for high school and college volunteers. At Emmaus Farm, we invite volunteers to live the cornerstones of simplicity, community, prayer, and service. Dedicated to the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, and inspired by Catholic Social Teaching, we serve the rural poor, the weak, the elderly, and the marginalized. Our mission is to serve Christ in his many forms, to serve where the need exists, and to allow others the opportunity to see and fulfill the need for service, as well as to experience the spiritual richness of the people of Lewis County.
Type of Placement:With the supervision of the Emmaus Farm Executive Director, Farm Managers serve as leaders of the weeks of service for short-term volunteers, coordinate work sites, interact with volunteer groups during their time with Emmaus Farm, and assume other roles and responsibilities as needed to serve the Farm and the local community. Service sites include construction sites, home repair, food/clothing pantry, farm stewardship, adult mental health agency, senior center, nursing home, and home visits.
Service Area:We serve in rural Lewis County, Kentucky.
Service Length:We ask for a 1 year commitment from Farm Managers, but are also open to summer service or short internships.
Requirements:At least 21 years of age; valid driver's license; some college or equivalent life experience; volunteer experience beneficial; dedication to the cornerstones of the Farm: service, simplicity, community, and prayer; open to living a committed intentional community lifestyle; understanding of and respect for the Catholic faith; willingness to work in a variety of situations; open to collaborative work with volunteers and the people of Lewis County; ability to physically exert oneself; flexible, organized, energetic, fun-loving, open-minded, hard-working.
Financial Arrangement:$200/month living stipend, room and board, transportation, on-the-job training and skills, health insurance through CVN.
Living Arrangements:Staff house: home for Farm Managers - 1-2 person bedrooms, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, common rooms
Program Size:2-4 year-long staff 8-24 week-long volunteers for 10-20 weeks/year
Training:Staff retreats throughout the year, at least 1 full week of training provided by the Executive Director, on-the-job instruction as needed
Application Deadline:Rolling - Accepted throughout the year