At Emmaus Farm, we invite volunteers to be part of our mission by living the cornerstones of community, simplicity, prayer and service during a rural immersion experience in Appalachia, participating in direct service, ministry of presence, retreat, and Lewis County life.
Inquire here about scheduling your trip to Emmaus Farm.
$325 per volunteer per week (Sunday afternoon/evening—Saturday morning)
Location & Directions
2925 Lower Kinney Rd.
Vanceburg, KY 41179
GPS will usually get you to our road, but not usually to the right spot. Lower Kinney sometimes shows up as Kinniconick Rd. or CR 2524. It is 8 miles long. You will lose all cell service as you get closer to the Farm. If you need to stop and ask for directions, ask locals to help you get to the Catholic Farm or the old Glenmary Farm on Kinney.
From the East:
Take I-64 West into Kentucky. Take Exit 172 toward Vanceburg and turn right off the exit ramp. In about half a mile, turn left at the Marathon gas station onto the Grayson Spur (KY 10/AA toward Vanceburg). Stay on that about 25 miles, then turn left onto Lower Kinney Rd. The Farm is 3 miles down on the left. You'll go down a hill, and we're about 500 ft. down the hill. You'll see the Emmaus Farm sign and the red staff house on stilts close to the road. Follow the driveway across the bridge, past all buildings, park in the parking area on the left past the Volunteer House, and prepare to be greeted by Farm staff.
From the West:
Take I-64 East through Kentucky toward West Virginia. Take Exit 156 to KY 59/KY 2. Follow signs to turn onto KY 59 and follow that about 15 miles. Turn right onto Lower Kinney from KY 59 at Globe Funeral Home—you'll see a clock sign on the right side of the road—and the Farm is 5 miles down on the right, about half mile after a sharp bend in the road. You'll see the Emmaus Farm sign and the red staff house on stilts close to the road. Follow the driveway across the bridge, past all buildings, park in the parking area on the left past the Volunteer House, and prepare to be greeted by the Farm staff.
All forms are due upon arrival at Emmaus Farm for your volunteer week.
- Medical/Health Insurance Form
- Hold-Harmless Form
- Photo Release Form
- People's Self-Help Housing Volunteer Waiver
- Volunteer Contract
SUNDAY – ARRIVAL DAY
- Arrive between 3:00 and 5:00 pm
- Tour of the Farm
- Supper and Dishes
- Leaders/Chaperones Meeting
- Introduction of Emmaus Farm, Staff, Cornerstones, and Service Sites
- Lights Out
MONDAY–FRIDAY – SERVICE SITE DAYS
- Wake up & Morning Prayer
- Farm Chores
- Breakfast and Dishes/Leaders Meeting
- Depart for Service Sites
- Lunch at the Farm or at Service Site
- Afternoon Service Sites/Free time
- Supper and Dishes
- Night Site
- Reflection/Free time
- Lights Out
SATURDAY – DEPARTURE DAY
- Wake up and Breakfast
- Farm Cleanup
- Farm Traditions
- Departure by 9:00 am
In the evenings, we might stay at the Farm, or we might have a Night Site, which is an opportunity to experience Appalachian culture more fully. Night Sites might include local music, a religious service at a local church, daily Mass at Holy Redeemer, local art and flavors, home visits to friends of the Farm, night hikes, bonfires, or hosting Lewis County friends at the Farm.
Below you will find helpful information for planning your trip. If you have any questions, please contact us.
- Group Leader Checklist – Helpful To-Do and To-Bring lists to prepare for your trip
- Pre-Trip Group Meeting – It is important that each group meets before their trip to Emmaus Farm. Information about what to cover at that meeting can be found here.
- Packing List – what to bring and not to bring to the Farm
We are always grateful for tax-deductible donations, financial or in-kind. If your group would like to gather some items to bring with you as a donation, our current needs include:
- Chapel contributions: keyboard, stereo, musical instruments
- Cleaning supplies: Dr. Bronner's soap, mop heads, buckets, spray bottles
- Volunteer kitchen: cast iron, mason jars, oven thermometers, glass baking dishes, pyrex glassware
- Sewing: aprons, curtains (contact us for measurements)
- Hand tools: hammers, wrenches, screw drivers, pliers, paint scrapers, weed wacker string, wasp spray
- Power tools: gently used saws, drills, sanders
- Office supplies: stamps
- Furniture: rocking chairs, end tables
- Gift cards: Amazon, Marathon Gas, Visa, hardware