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 always 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 near the basin hole 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 to 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
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
- Donations – We are always grateful for tax-deductible donations. If your group would like to gather some items to bring with you as a donation, our current needs are listed here.
We receive no cell service at the Farm. We have a land line to be used in emergencies: (606) 796-2363. However, to create a more immersive experience for all, cell phones are not to be used at all during retreat weeks at Emmaus Farm. High school chaperones should plan to collect cell phones from participants prior to arrival at the Farm.
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
- Reflection, bed time
MONDAY–FRIDAY – SERVICE SITE DAYS
- Wake up & morning prayer
- Breakfast, dishes, prepare for service sites
- Service sites in the community
- Lunch at the Farm or at service site
- Afternoon projects/free time
- Supper and dishes
- Night site
- Reflection/free time
- Lights out
SATURDAY – DEPARTURE DAY
- Wake up and breakfast, Farm cleanup
- Farm traditions and final prayer
- Departure by 9:00 am - Groups should plan to leave the Farm no earlier than 7:00 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, to name a few.