We wanted to create a resource of family & RV friendly service opportunities. This page will continue to grow as new information is gathered. Please contact us if you know of a place that you think would be a good fit for the location independent.
FAMILY & RV FRIENDLY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Sunshine Acres Children’s Home
–Click here to watch a YouTube Video about the Walker family’s visit to Sunshine Acres
This location has RV spots on site, however from my conversations with them on the phone it seems that they don’t typically have many needs during the winter (they have a lot of repeat retired volunteers). They also don’t currently have ways for young kids to serve. However, older teens may be able to help out.
Gleanings for the Hungry
–Click here for a YouTube Video highlighting the Walker family’s visit to Gleanings
–Click here for a second YouTube Video about Gleanings by the Walker family
–Click here to read a blog post by the Ticknor Tribe’s visit to Gleanings
–Click here to read a blog post by Barry Good Times about their visit
Several full-time families (including us) have served here. We loved our time serving at Gleanings (click here to read about it). I have linked above to two families who shared their experience serving at Gleanings which will hopefully give you a taste of what Gleanings is all about.
Number of RV spots: 20 (most with full-hookups)
Volunteer duration: typically 5 days (although longer options of 2 weeks to 3 months are available as well).
Who can volunteer: There are options to volunteer as a family (even the young ones can help).
Time of year: Year-round. Click through to their website to read about the different seasons they have and the different needs they have throughout the year.
Additional details: Laundry facilitates are available with a $1.00 suggested donation. Meals and snacks are provided on work days. They do ask for a per night donation to help cover costs. More FAQ’s are found here. Their booking request form is found here.
Glorieta Christian Camp
Number of RV spots: 60 (full-hookups)
Volunteer duration: 2-week minimum
Who can volunteer: Although volunteer opportunities are limited to adults, children in the family are offered a 50% discount if they wish to participate in the summer camp options. In addition, the volunteer hours for the parents can be scheduled to coincide with the time that kids are participating in camp activities.
Additional details: Volunteer needs change throughout the year based on campus activities. The most common assignments are: Food service, Property Management/Maintenance, Grounds and Special Project Teams. You will not be asked to serve more than 30 hours a week. Volunteers are provided meals 3 times a day, 7 day a week when campers and guests groups are being served in the dining facilities. This is typically mid-May through August. The Volunteer Coordinator is
Elena Bellamy 505.757.6161 ext 799. For more info, click here or click here to apply online.
Number of RV spots: 4 (full-hookups and free WiFi)
Volunteer duration: Depending on the time of year they may encourage a certain length of stay but overall they are open and flexible – overnight, weekend, couple days throughout the week or more!
Who can volunteer: adults as well as kids
Time of year: Year-round with particular needs from August-May
Additional details: Located in beautiful Amish country, this Christian ranch offers a wide variety of retreat and camp ministries. Their unique summer camps for kids include Pioneer, Equine, Worship, Aviation and even Scuba! Volunteers receive a discount on camp prices.
Camp Attitude is a summer camp for kids with special needs. Specifically, kids that can’t get a summer camp experience elsewhere. The kids and their entire family attend a week of camp for free. The campers are given a buddy (15 years old+) and the two of them play for the entire week. Horseback riding, lake day with tubes, jet skis, pontoon boats, kayaks and swimming, crafts, games, water fights, worship, and the highlight of the week-the talent show. While this is going on the siblings of the campers are able to play as well and parents can just sit back and watch (sometimes for the first time ever). All this is possible because the buddies and servant families pay to come. Buddies will pay $150.00 for a week and servant families pay $250.00. That amount covers meals and a place to park. Servant families will help in the kitchen, with cleaning and basically support and cheer on the campers! Although buddies are limited to 1-2 weeks (for their own sake), servant families can stay for 1-7 weeks. This is an amazing camp and an incredible experience for all that are involved.
Number of RV spots: 7 full-hookup spots, 5 “light” hookup spots (water/electric) and acres for boondocking.
Time of year: Camp hosting is available off season (mid August – mid June). They prefer 1-2 month commitment in exchange for help with facility maintenance. Property and all buildings (cabins, yurts, etc) are also available to rent for retreats or gatherings, with discounts for service projects completed.
Number of RV spots: Although the GAiN Logistics Center does not have on-site RV parking, it is located near 2 Thousand Trails RV parks. Hershey RV park is 16 miles away and PA Dutch Country is about 14 miles away.
Who can volunteer: adults as well as kids
Time of year: GAiN offers events such as seed and meal packing, quilt-making and LuoPad sewing sessions, and also has a bi-annual Mission Packing Project which is a family friendly event that the entire nearby community comes together for. Click here to find out the dates for the next bi-annual Mission Packing Project or to get more info.
Additional details: I personally know of several families who have served during a Mission Packing Project and speak very highly of the experience.
South Carolina :
Awanita Valley Christian Retreat
Number of RV spots: 2 (full-hook ups with 50 amps). They are in the process of putting in more permanent RV sites by the beginning of 2018.
Who can volunteer: Children can volunteer with parental supervision up to twelve years of age. At thirteen, with parents permission, they can be given more responsibility and freedom to work out of parents immediate supervision. (Occasionally exceptions are made depending on maturity level and other circumstances).
Time of year: Year-round. Busiest time is Summer and Fall.
Additional details: Volunteers can expect to help (part time hours) in all aspects of camp operations as well as capital improvement projects, depending on the skills that they posses. Operations may consist of store clerk / office assistant, food services / housekeeping / grounds / and light maintenance. Other projects may consist of light construction and maintenance repairs depending on ability. Also, if interested volunteers could help with horses and other recreation at the camp.
Best Friends Animal Society
Number of RV spots: Although they do have 2 RV full hookup options onsite, there is a nightly fee of $30-$50/night. Click here for details on the RV parking. During the winter months of Nov 1-March 15 the onsite RV spots are closed. Other RV options are in the area and according to their website, many offer discounted rates if you mention that you are serving at Best Friends.
Who can volunteer: Children ages 6 and up are able to volunteer however the kind of animal that your kids can help out with varies depending on their age. Minors age 6-17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while volunteering. Each adult can supervise up to three minors during a volunteer shift.
Additional details: To become a volunteer, click here to fill out the online forms. If you are confident you’ll volunteer, I recommend completing the ‘paperwork’ online well ahead of time. Doing so also allows you to choose the shift times and animal area, and they fill up fast! For more FAQs for serving at Best Friends, click here.
Warm Beach Christian Camp & Conference
Number of RV spots: There are 20 RV sites (full-hook ups and 50 amp with free WiFi). You pay for propane. but some have long term volunteers staying in them. At any given time there is typically 10 sites available.
Volunteer duration: You can stay 1 day to long term.
Who can volunteer: Depending on the project/time of year, kids are welcome. Especially during summer and the holidays there are jobs specifically for kids (not just helping their parents).
Time of year: Volunteers are needed year-round. Biggest needs are in summer for the Special Friends camp and then in November and December when the camp hosts the largest light display in the Pacific Northwest.
Additional details: 20 hours a week is the requested amount of work in exchange for the RV site. There is also laundry and a volunteer center. Faith Oates is the Volunteer Coordinator 360.761.1267
*Locations with a * don’t have on-site RV parking but are located near a Thousand Trails RV park.