Sales Have Ended
Sales Have Ended
Naramata Centre has been open this summer and what a summer it has been! As our scheduled programming comes to an end soon, we invite you - our supporters and friends - to share your gifts of service as we prepare the Centre for the winter.
We invite you to come to the Centre and contribute through body, mind and spirit at our Hearts and Hands volunteer service event, October 21-30. Join us for one of the weekends, the week in between or the entire 10 days! We ask that you come willing to volunteer five-to-six hours daily, while you are here. Accommodations will be provided at no cost and cooking facilities will be available. People attending will be responsible for their own food; however, we hope to organize community meals and sharing of cooking duties for those who choose to participate. Details will be worked out onsite.
In addition to the work on tasks around the site, you may participate in or lead the unique Centre offerings of spiritual nurture, community building, music and discussion. Perhaps you wish to contribute to these activities by sharing your talents and leadership in community care, as a portion of your volunteer service. We are hoping this time together at the Centre will be rich with sharing work and meals, discussion and contemplation.
The Board of Directors appreciates all of our volunteers who are assisting us in a multitude of ways. We hope that you can join us at the Centre this fall!
Jim and Donna Simpson have graciously offered to organize this event. The Board is grateful for this blessing of support. Jim and Donna are Naramata village residents who have been dedicated to Naramata Centre in numerous capacities over many years.
1. What duties are involved in the Volunteer Service Week?
There will be a wide range of projects to work on during the week. While the list isn’t fully compiled, it includes:
Grounds – gardening, pruning, clearing out
Chapel – staining, cleaning
Accommodations – cleaning, winterizing, painting
Other tasks as specifics arise
2. I can't participate in heavy lifting or strenuous activity. Will I still be of use?
Absolutely. As you will see from the list, there is a range of activities to choose from based on your skills, interest and abilities.
3. Will there be breaks during the 5-6 hour work day?
Yes, we want you to work in healthy ways that work for you. Pace yourself and work to your potential.
4. Will there be other activities on site during this time?
Yes, we plan to offer spiritual nurture activities and more. Participants can participate in these activities or volunteer to lead:
Discussion groups – conversations on where we find ourselves today in our communities and churches.
Worship opportunities, music or body wellness practices (yoga, qi gong, etc.)
5. What should I bring with me?
The Centre has most basic tools but if you have particular tools or equipment that you like to use when working, and if you can safely transport them, please bring them along. As well, proper clothing and footwear that is in line with what you want to spend time doing is important. Please check the weather before you come, so you can bring clothes that match the forecast!
6. Which accommodations will we be billeted in?
Orchard Court, East Court and the campgrounds will be used first. If we get more people (a good problem we hope for), we will also have people stay in Cottage Court.
7. Can I camp while I am there?
Yes, you can! October can still be a lovely time here in Naramata.
8. Can I bring my children? Will there be child care?
We welcome families but there is no organized childcare. You would need to be prepared to manage your own childcare needs.
9. How will food be organized?
Just like summer, there will be no food services provided on site, so people will need to be prepared to provide for themselves. There can also be the opportunity for people to prepare food together and eat together.
10. I am local, can I come for one day or intermittently through the week?
Absolutely, just register and select the "staying offsite" option.
11. Will Board members be present? Will there be opportunities to discuss the future of the Centre?
There will be a local Naramata board member at this event. Other board members hope to come, but at this time we are unsure how many will be able to attend. Feedback is welcome and can be passed on to the board by the program hosts.