There are many opportunities at Oakdale for volunteers and service-minded groups! Our campus has endless needs that can only be met by our faithful supporters who come and volunteer time, materials, and project money. Some of the current projects include:
- Renovation and expansion of Odermann Hall
- Exterior painting of O’Connor Hall
- Staff housing improvements
- Installation of campus lighting
Volunteers stay on campus and participate in the life of our community by sharing meals with us, participating in evening and weekend activities, and worshiping as a part of our campus family.
The typical daily schedule would look something like this:
7:00 Breakfast 7:30 Team Devotions 8:15 Start projects 12:00 Lunch 1:00 Return to projects 4:45 Clean up 5:30 Dinner 6:30 Activity with Oakdale students
Work team housing is arranged by Oakdale according to the size of the volunteer group and the dates of the visit. Visits that occur when school is in session may require extra flexibility on the part of both Oakdale and the visiting team.
Until we build a larger dining room, meal times will be crowded when we host large work teams. Despite this, whenever possible, we try to have everyone together in the dining hall for meals. We encourage our volunteers, as they are comfortable, to use this time to get acquainted with the students and staff.
Limited parking is available in our designated parking areas. For vehicles that will be driven frequently, we encourage parking in the designated lots to reduce wear on our campus green space. For those vehicles that will be driven infrequently, additional parking can be made available.
Oakdale is equipped to accommodate multiple RVs. With 10 full hookups (water and sewer) and additional electrical hookups, we are prepared to make our visiting RVers as comfortable as possible. Pets are allowed on a leash, but are not allowed in the Oakdale buildings.
Work team leaders will be requested to organize their groups into teams and assign each team to a project. Each project will then be assigned a project leader as needed. Team leaders will be in close contact with project leaders, along with our maintenance team and the facilities manager. Once on campus, questions should be directed first to the project leader, and if needed the team leader. If the team leader is not available the facilities manager or other maintenance staff will be available.
What to Bring
- Work clothes (Long pants and long sleeves may be necessary for certain projects.)
- Good working shoes
- Bug spray
- Bedding (pillow and sleeping bag)
Although teams “earn their keep,” having them bring money to cover their expenses and contribute to ongoing projects on campus allows us to maintain the budget and provide much-needed scholarship funds.
We ask that teams should expect to bring along project money of $500-2500 (or supplies to complete the project to be coordinated with the business manager if a particular project is planned ahead of time.) If an unskilled team is coming such as a youth group a base amount of $1500 is recommended. (This is gauged by things like the size of the church, other benefits of having the group, the size of the group coming, etc.) In addition, a daily rate of $20-35 a day per person for room and board is requested.
We welcome teams throughout the year, though most groups come during the summer months. Teams come for as little as a couple of days and for as long as a few weeks. Whatever your interest, please contact Will Mosier-Peterson, Director of Advancement at 606-693-4802 x101 to begin planning your trip to Oakdale.