What We Need
We are looking for individuals interested in rural residential living in our lifesharing community with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Volunteers come to serve for at least one year as a residential caregiver. Residents and volunteers work together on our 550-acre farm in a model therapeutic environment emphasizing empowerment, interdependence and mutual respect of all community members. As a residential caregiver, volunteers live together with residents in family-style homes throughout the village, managing their households and providing personal care to the coworkers who live there. Responsibilities include serving as a houseparent with other volunteer caregivers, and ensuring the daily care, health, and human rights of Innisfree's residents. Volunteers are also engaged in therapeutic and meaningful work in the art studio, bakery, community kitchen, farm, herb and vegetable gardens, pottery, the weavery, and the woodshop.
When & Who
We regularly accept applications throughout the year and approve volunteer placements based on our availability, the likelihood of receiving a B1/B2 visitor visa for international volunteers, and the final decision of the application approval committee.
What we Provide
Each volunteer lives in one of our village houses with the residents. They receive their own private room and a shared bathroom.
We serve vegetarian lunches in our community dining hall 4 days each week for the entire community. All other meals are prepared by the volunteers in their houses. It is up to each house to prepare breakfast and dinner on a daily basis, maintaining a monthly grocery budget for their house and cooking based on the dietary needs of their residents.
Each volunteer receives $315 each month for personal expenses.
More Services we Offer
Health Insurance (U.S. volunteers only)
2 Consecutive Days off Per Week
15 Paid Vacation Days
Access to Community Vehicles (with clean driving record)
Access to Onsite Fitness Facility
Support for Student Loan Deferral
Training in first aid, CPR, medical assistance, and personal care
Additional Info about Us
Our leadership team is responsible for the daily operations of Innisfree Village. Guided by our village director, the team ensures that we remain a model therapeutic environment with people with disabilities, emphasizing empowerment, interdependence, and mutual respect of all community members.
-Will have the equivalent of a high school diploma and at least two years of college or comparable experience
-Will be at least 21 years of age
-Exhibits patience, flexibility, and a sense of humor
-Experience working with adults with disabilities is preferred, but not required
Training as a volunteer will be provided as a 1-month trial period, where all skills and information pertaining to caregiving, workstations, organizational policies, and community life are explained.
The volunteer must consent to a background check screening, State of Virginia criminal history check, and U.S. or International Driving Record check.
The volunteer must have a current TB (tuberculosis) screening.
Because we ask for a one year commitment of service, we do not have short-term, seasonal opportunities at this time.