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Volunteer Opportunities

Nazareth has a small staff and has been blessed with a special ‘choir of angels’ since it opened its doors in 1978.  Our angels have contributed their time, talent and treasure in a myriad of ways and support our ministries through their own unique gifts.

Our many guests benefit by their presence.  Through their generous assistance we are able to provide an environment that gives our guests the opportunity to spend time in reflection and prayer to better themselves and all whom they serve; to allow God to touch deep into their hearts and lives.

Would you be interested in becoming a Nazareth Angel by volunteering your time and talent?  All volunteer opportunities are coordinated around your schedule.  These opportunities provide a great experience for couples, families, small faith groups, or individually. 

You will meet new people, contribute to a grateful non-profit facility, and have a wonderful experience.  We are most grateful for our ‘choir of angels’. Contact us if any of the following areas interest you:

MEALS: Angels are always welcome to help with preparation and clean up of the dining room for breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets. Our volunteers prepare beverages, help kitchen staff with some minor prep work, watch the buffet line during the meal, and clean up the dining room after the meal. You are also welcome  to enjoy the meal yourself!. We call in advance and you decide which dates and times work best for your schedule.

GARDENING: Are you interested in maintaining a flower bed or performing some general light gardening of the grounds?   If so, our groundskeeper would love to hear from you!

MUSICIANS: Our Taize Prayer evenings are wonderful opportunities for musicians to come together to help create a peaceful, prayerful environment.  Come and share your gift with us as we pray through music.

OFFICE: Our office staff occasionally needs assistance in filing, preparing information books or Taize music programs.

The Nazareth Retreat Center is adding a few new ways you can volunteer to serve our guests.  We realize not everyone enjoys doing dishes or working in the flowerbeds, so please look at these opportunities and prayerfully consider if any of them speaks to your giftedness or you are feeling God’s gentle nudge.  Please Contact us if you are interested or would like more information.

                   The Weekend Resident Volunteer could be an individual or a couple and will spend the weekend at the retreat center from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon when needed for larger groups.  When not attending to volunteer duties, weekend volunteers may ask to listen to retreat talks, spend time in prayer, and enjoy the silence of the retreat center. 

            Some of the expected duties:
            Greet guests
            Assist guests to rooms and any problems or other requests
            A/V and microphone help
            Prepare coffee and water when necessary
            Empty trash cans in bathrooms and hallway
            Assist in cleanup of Dining Room, possible vacuum when necessary
            Help kitchen volunteers if needed
            Eat meals if desired
            Set up drinks/snacks to be served in evening
            Emergencies/ Emergency calls
            Sacristan or prepare for Mass (if requested)
            Clean up chapel after event
            Generally available to Directors and guests

                   The On Duty Host/Hostess would be here to greet guests and attend to needs of the retreatants and presenters.  Generally would help them get settled in.

            Duties would include:
            Be present to greet guests as they arrive and answer questions
            Give out cottage room keys when needed
            Make sure coordinator of group is clearly informed of matters pertaining to             usage of Nazareth Retreat Center

                        The After Retreat Host/Hostess would come as they are leaving and would check meeting and cottage rooms to make sure facility is secure.

            Duties would include:
            Check security of lodge and guest cottages
            Chapel in order
          Deep Cleaning Angels would be asked to sign up in advance and on days that we did not have retreatants scheduled to help with extra cleaning detail.  This is an important activity as they are duties that often don’t get completed with our small staff.  Lunch and/or snacks would be provided.  Great opportunity for families, faith sharing groups or individuals
            Duties could include:
                        Scrub tables
                       Remove everything on kitchen counters and thoroughly                          clean and disinfect
                        Remove all exposed serving utensils and wash in dishwasher
                        Remove all pans and wash in dishwasher
                        Polish refrigerators and freezers
                        Bleach all coffee mugs
                        Wash floors and mats
                        Wash windows
                        Turn mattresses


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