Volunteer Opportunity
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Interns and Volunteers Wanted, Agape Community, Ware, Massachusetts

Organization: Agape Community
Contact Name: Suzanne Shanley
Position Type: Local Volunteering (in person)
Address: 2062 Greenwich Rd
Ware, Massachusetts  01082  
United States
Great For: Great for Families, Great for Groups, Great for Kids, Great for Seniors
Service Area(s): Women's Ministry, Social Services, Prison Ministry, Education, Children and Youth Ministry, Arts and Humanities, Adult Ministry
Hourly Commitment:
6.0 per: Day
Number of Positions:
Number of Volunteers in this
Position in the Past Year:
One-time / Ongoing Position: Ongoing Position


Founded in 1982, this is a lay Catholic nonviolent community dedicated to prayer, simplicity, sustainability, nonviolent education and ministry, and witnessing in the world. We are ecumenical and interfaith in orientation, and a large portion of our work relates to sustainability. We accept volunteers for any length of time to work in our garden and assist with homesteading, including maintenance of our two buildings, St. Francis House and St. Brigid House (a straw bale house with solar energy and a composting toilet). We drive a car that runs on vegetable oil. We live on 34 acres of land in the Quabbin Reservoir in central Massachusetts, and support ourselves through a non-violent education ministry. We host a variety of educational groups who are interested in sustainability. We welcome people who have a yearning for a community life based on prayer, simplicity, and nonviolence. No TV, commercial radio, or wireless internet at Agape, but lots of music and a definite love of art in all its forms. Those drawn to here will interact with hundreds of people throughout the year, as well as gain experience gardening (we grow 60% of our own organic vegetables). Public witness and outreach are a part of our lives. We publish a community journal, Servant Song, and we are interested in the links between sustainability, the arts and spirituality, as well as in resistance to war through simple lifestyle. Our work includes attending vigils for peace and joining in protests, as well as organizing around issues of resistance to violence. Contemplation and action are underpinnings of our lives. Requirements: We are always open to visitors and hospitality is an ongoing part of our lives, especially as we have much to share with our straw bale house an our ecological lifestyle. Financial Style: (Long-term residents may receive a small stipend for living expenses, but WOOFERS and sustainable farm volunteers exchange work for room and board.) Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt: No Answer (We cannot pay off college loans) Labor Contribution: Expected (daily from 9am-12 and 1pm-4pm with negotiable variations). Join Fee: No (No fee, but donations are always accepted as they are how we survive.) Regular Fees: No (No regular donations expected.) Food, etc. Percentage of Food Grown: over 50% Share Community Meals: 2 times a week Dietary Choice or Restrictions: We all share a common vegetarian diet. Dietary Practice: Vegetarian only (special diets can be accommodated) Alcohol Use: Used occasionally for celebrations, not available on the premise. Tobacco Use: Prohibited
Initially Posted: 02/29/2012
Last Updated: 03/09/2017