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.
If you take KY 59 (about 15 miles from I-64 via Exit 156) you'll 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.
If you come to Lower Kinney Rd. via the Grayson Spur (KY 10/AA), you will turn left onto Lower Kinney, and we're 3 miles down on the left. Armstrong Church will be on your right, Armstrong Church Rd. will be on the left, you'll go down a hill, and we're about 500 ft. down that hill on the left. You will lose cell service as you get closer to the Farm.
You'll see the red Staff House on stilts close to the road. Follow the Farm driveway across the bridge, follow it past all the buildings, and park in the parking area on the left, past the Volunteer House.
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.
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 10:00 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 skillets, cast iron dutch oven, mason jars, oven thermometers, glass baking dishes, second hand pyrex glassware
- Sewing: aprons, curtains (contact us for measurements)
- Hand tools: hammers, wrenches, screw drivers, pliers, paint scrapers
- Power tools: gently used saws, drills, sanders
- Office supplies: stamps
- Furniture: rocking chairs, end tables
- Gift cards: Amazon, Marathon Gas, Visa, Lowe's, Home Depot