This is a nonprofit intentional, life-sharing community with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As a licensed facility in Virginia since 1971. we are a close-knit community devoted to developing profound relationships based on mutual needs, respect, and love. We share life on a 550-acre farm where together we work in our therapeutic workstations. Volunteers come from around the world to serve in our community as caregivers for a one year period of service.
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
We have a vibrant community and our hope is to find individuals who have a passion for meaningful service with individuals with intellectual disabilities, working, learning, and sharing alongside one another. Each person in the community has an important role, something valuable to contribute, and the opportunity to learn and grow.
This is a unique opportunity if you are interested in rural community living and working with individuals with intellectual disabilities. We are looking for individuals who would like to serve as residential volunteer caregivers. Residents, volunteers, and staff work together on our farm, a model therapeutic environment emphasizing empowerment, interdependence, and mutual respect of all. Serving as houseparents, caregivers live together with residents in family-style homes. They are trained in house management as well as caring for the personal needs of each resident. Helpers are also engaged in therapeutic and meaningful help in our art studio, bakery, community kitchen, farm, herb and vegetable gardens, free school activities like pottery, the weavery, and the woodshop. Being an active and participating member of the community is highly encouraged and welcome.
Each helper caregiver receives the following accommodations:
-$500 monthly stipend
-Health Insurance (those from the US only)
-Room and Board
-2 Consecutive Days off Per Week
-5 Paid Vacation Days
-Access to Community Vehicles and the Onsite Fitness Facility
-Support for Student Loan Deferral
-Training in first aid, CPR, medical assistance, and personal care
Most importantly, our community's need is for a one-year commitment to volunteer service. Each volunteer receives 2 consecutive days off and some evenings free for personal time. Because we are a remote and rural community, there is no public transportation nearby. However, the use of village vehicles is possible once orientation is complete so volunteers can venture out to local areas such as our nearest large city, Charlottesville, VA. A busy, college town, it offers many enriching and entertaining opportunities for days off.
How to Apply:
1. Contact Volunteer Recruiter through Workaway
Interested parties please send a message that includes the following:
-First and Last Name
-Why would you like to be part of the community?
2. Online Application
After we receive your response and you meet the criteria, the online application, additional information about the volunteer position, and further instructions about the application process will be sent via your e-mail.
*Please note: Processing a completed application generally takes 3 to 4 weeks, allowing adequate time for completion of the paperwork, an interview, and for the community to review and consider your application.
**Please note: While we are a pet-friendly community, first-year volunteers are not permitted to have pets. After one year of service, a volunteer is eligible to submit a pet proposal request to the community.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
5 hours a day, 2 days off each week