Oneida has a rich history of volunteer participation in our ministry. In any year, several hundred volunteers will work at Oneida. Volunteers may come for one day or several weeks. We count these special people among our greatest blessings.
On any given day, you will see volunteers of different ages and backgrounds working in the Gift Shop, on new construction projects, on the farm, landscaping, painting, doing clerical work, cleaning, sorting through donated items or assisting in the Friendship House ministry.
Jerry Crowe, OBI's Volunteer Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org, 606-847-4111 ext. 316) coordinates all volunteer ministries on campus, directing each volunteer to an activity that is needed and appropriate for his/her skills. You must talk with him if you are interested in volunteering. In recent years, we have sometimes had more volunteers desiring to come some weeks than we could use at that time, so advance planning is very important.
Some important facts to remember if you are a potential volunteer.
- Volunteer housing is very limited during the school year (August-May).
- OBI maintains a large campground for campers. For the last 16 years, the Alabama Campers on Mission have been filling our campground to volunteer at Oneida for two weeks in early October.
- We realize groups like to work together, but this is not always possible. Please be flexible.
- Larger projects are usually available in the summer months, but we have a wide variety of jobs and are thankful to have volunteers year-round.
- Please inventory the skills in your group before coming to campus. It is difficult to find the right project, if your group is not aware of what you can do.
- We cannot provide child care or special projects for children and youth.
Are you a possible long term volunteer? Some of our best teachers and workers are volunteers. These persons live in school housing and receive other employee benefits. Be sure and ask about this possibility if you are looking for a meaningful ministry in retirement.