Every year CVM welcomes individuals and their families from around the globe to share in our life together. These volunteers join us for one year, working to support adults with a range of abilities, and to contribute to the social and cultural life of our community. Opportunities for growth and development are regularly offered, whether that be continuing experience through hands on training, or through attendance of workshops and conferences. Often Coworkers find that they would like to extend their stay another year or more, some choose to take on the responsibility of leading workplaces or become long-term service providers as well.
The services that Coworkers provide bring a fresh perspective to our community, and imparts dynamism into our daily lives. Some people come to us for a refreshing new take on life after university, many are seeking a new direction in their lives, and still others are searching for something more permanent. Regardless of their motivations, Coworkers come bringing gifts of knowledge and experience that serve the community, and leave with even more to share with the world around them.
A Coworker is an individual who commits to one year of service, with an option to extend their time in the community.
As a Coworker, one is expected to be capable of being in a supervisory role if/when requested by their householder/workplace leader. Short-term Coworkers are central pillars for our longer term Coworkers. Most one year service providers work one half of a day in a household, and the other half of a day in one of our workplaces* including the garden, the farm, the estate crew, the bakery, weavery, one of our artistic endeavors, or the woodshop. One may participate in planning festival celebrations and cultural offerings.
Coworkers do not receive wage-based compensation for time served, in the conventional sense. Everyone who lives and works at CVM is based on a three-fold principle, where each individual gives according to their abilities and receives according to their needs. Student loan debt deferment and coverage options are offered, on a person-to-person basis. The costs of housing, food, internet, household items, and vehicles (gas and insurance) are covered by CVM. Medical plans are offered and one can receive assistance with paying medical bills. The needs of each person are discussed and addressed in the initial conversations during the application process.
Coworkers have one full week day off each week and have three weeks of paid vacation throughout the year.
Our Household life is different from a group home in many ways. We value one another as unique individuals that contribute according to our abilities and receive according to our needs. At Camphill Communities a person with developmental disability is valued as whole in spirit and in body. We have most common meals together. Breakfast is eaten around the table and provides a nutritious start to the day. We then are off to our workplaces. Some may work on the farm, estate crew, or bring persons to doctors appointments. Others may be involved in the preparation of a home cooked meal with a small group of persons with a range of abilities, that will be served to 8-12 people around noon. We then clean up after our meals and have an hour of rest and relaxation before returning to work. Some may be baking cookies in our bakery, others may go to the Weavery to work on a rug project, and still others may be cleaning one of our community buildings or their own homes with small crews of helping hands. Supper is served again in our respective households, or one may be invited to join another house community. The day is rounded out by occasionally having a special event such as a play to attend or take part in, other evenings may have a scheduled meeting**, or personal time. We each have one full day each week to pursue our own interests and weekend responsibilities are largely created by each house community.
18 years of age or older required
High School Diploma or equivalent required
Ability to perform well in environment that requires compassion, helpfulness, patience, and resourcefulness
Willingness to learn required
Must be able to pass a background and sex offender check
Direct care experience preferred
Ability to lift 30 lbs required
Good communication skills preferred
Interest in Social Work or Human Services preferred
Valid Driver’s License preferred
Passion for working with people who have developmental disablities
21 years of age or older preferred
CPR certification required (training provided)
Responsibilities include/not limited to:
Sharing in daily meal preparation
Occasional grocery shopping
Intermittent sole house awareness
Cooking with a crew of 2-3 people with developmental disabilities
Balancing financial records (if applicable)
Regular Star Services training (provided)
Interfacing with medical personnel on behalf of an individual (if applicable)
Progress tracking (if applicable)
*Workplaces are reviewed late March-mid April during our “work change” meetings. In the “work change” meetings we co-create our seasonal work schedule. These meetings offer a place to express where one would like to work, and a place to observe where help is needed. We encourage all of our coworkers to share their personal needs and desires for their work life, concurrently assisting to meet the needs of the community. We recognize the individuality inherent in each human being and that with individuality comes difference of need and ability. We strive to work in collaboration with one another to reach the best possible outcome for individual members of our community as well as the community as a whole.
**Participation in meeting life is on an interest only basis. With the exception of our work change meetings, no meeting life is required of you. However we encourage all voices to be present at as many meetings as possible so that we may hear from one another more fully.
Please email a copy of your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and fill out the inquiry form below if you are interested in this position.