Family Volunteers

We are so glad that your family is interested in volunteering at Holden Village! This page provides information for families who would like to volunteer at Holden during the summer months. 

We are now accepting applications for our Family Option for Summer 2021! This summer, families with children 15 and under will be a part of our family option. If all your children are 16 and over, you can apply as short-term volunteers. 

If you are interested in volunteering long-term during the school year, pleae visit the Long-Term Volunteering page.

 Interested in Volunteering?  Apply!

Holden is interested in having as many family 201605_danielenicoadismall_LindseyScheid.pngvolunteers as possible, so the current system was created to maximize the number of families that can serve throughout the summer.  We ask that all family volunteers arrive on a Friday. Adult volunteers who wish to bring children may only do so if they are the parent or legal guardian of those children. The following guidelines balance the needs of the Village with the needs of families who volunteer and also have school-age children.

If your children are all 16 and older, you may apply to serve at any time during the summer for a minimum of two weeks. We ask that you arrive on a Friday to facilitate orientation. You can find details on how to apply here

If any of your children are under 15, you may only apply for one of our two-week sessions.

Session 1  July 9th-23rd
Session 2 July 23rd-August 6th
Session 3 August 6th-20th 
Session 4 August 20th-September 3rd

All adult volunteers (over 12) participate in Garbology and Dish Team, which involve serving the Village by sorting trash and recyclables, composting food waste, washing dishes, and cleaning the Dining Hall after meals.

Families are mostly housed in one room with multiple beds and share a community bathroom.


Children will participate in Holden’s youth programs. These youth programs are available for part of the workday - Child Program (ages 3 - 11) is available in the morning hours, and Youth Program (ages 12 and up) is available for various hours depending on the week. For Summer 2021, we are unable to accept families with children three and under for family option. 

For children under 12, this means that one adult works half-time during Narnia hours (mornings) and cares for their own children in the afternoon. For children 12 and over, there may be some unsupervised time when there is no youth programming and the adults are at work. Unfortunately, Holden is unable to provide childcare outside of our normal guest youth programming. If your child is over 12 and requires more supervision, please apply as though your child is under 12.

Work Logistics

In two-adult families, both adults work in their assigned areas and also participate in Garbology and Dish Team.

  • If all of your children are 12 and over, both adults volunteer full-time (36 hours/week).       
  • If any of your children are under 12, one adult volunteers full-time (36 hrs/week) and one adult volunteers half-time (during Narnia hours, usually in the morning).                             

In single adult families, the adult works in his or her assigned area and also participates in Garbology and Dish Team.

  • If all of your children are 12 and over, you volunteer full-time (36 hours/week).
  • If any of your children are under 12, you volunteer half-time (during Narnia hours, usually in the morning).
Depending on the age of your children, they may also have the opportunity to volunteer with the Village!
  • Youth ages 16 & 17 volunteer full-time in addition to Garbology and Dish Team.
  • As of May 24th, 2021, we will allow part-time volunteer options for youth under 14 and 15 due to vaccination availability! Please emails with questions about this option. 

How to Participate

If you are at all interested, we encourage you to apply before May 24th, 2021! Space for familiesis limited. Family option acceptance decisions will be sent out on June 1st, 2021. If you would like to guarantee your spot at Holden this summer, we encourage you to register as a guest on April 23rd. You can then cancel if you are accepted as a part of family option with a full refund. Based on our staffing needs for Summer 2021, we will only be accepting one family per session.