Christ’s Outreach for the Blind

Country: 
USA
Location: 
Mt. Vernon, Kentucky

Venture to Christ’s Outreach for the Blind and witness a living miracle. On 900 acres of beautiful Kentucky countryside, you’ll find a summer camp that takes seriously Christ’s call to compassion-filled service.

Each summer, more than 600 children and their families experience the joy of life lifted from many of the limitations that come with physical disability. Campers develop confidence and a sense of purpose as they hunt, fish, and learn to overcome challenges, all in the name of Christ Jesus. As camper Mike Gates put it, “Today I’m so busy doing the things I can do, I don’t have time to worry about what I can’t do.”

Your team will help make this camp the best it can be. By day, work on projects like building dams and by night, dive into the adventure that is caving! Learn what life with disability can be like and develop tools to overcome the stereotypes that go along with it. Come to work hard, marvel in God’s wonders of creation, and grow in community by serving together. 

…I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. —Isaiah 42:16, KJV

 

Opportunity type: 
Group
Student
Volunteer opportunities: 

We can use skilled plumbers, electricians, concrete layers, drywallers, and painters. There is always fencing and landscape maintenance to do (mowing, weed-whacking, clearing trails, building dams, planting, and chainsaw work). We welcome adult, senior high, and multi-generational volunteer groups, with a minimum age of 14.

Accommodations: 

Dorm-style living includes two cabins, one 14-bed cabin for females and one 14-bed cabin for males. Each cabin has two showers, a sink, and a toilet.

Meals are supplied Monday through Thursday. (Groups arrive on Sunday night and depart Friday morning.)

Group size - maximum: 
30
Cost notes: 

$215 per person, per week covers lodging, three meals a day, and building materials. A 50 percent deposit is due with paperwork, waivers, and medical forms two weeks before arrival.

Nearest airport: 

Lexington, Kentucky

Packing suggestions: 

Bring bedding and towels, work gloves, sunglasses or safety goggles, tool pouches, chain saws, sturdy shoes or boots, and sports water bottles.

Free day suggestions: 

Visit the local waterpark, eat at the original KFC restaurant, and explore Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.

Contact information: 

For more information, contact the Volunteer Engagement Program staff.

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about the RCA's volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, please get in touch with us.

The best way to reach our team is to email volunteer@rca.org or call (616) 698-7071. One of the members of our team will be able to connect with you right away.

Stephanie Soderstrom

Coordinator for Volunteer Engagement

Molly Towne

Volunteer Placement Specialist

Erika Spykman

Administrative Assistant


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