Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about volunteering in the Village

Have more questions? Contact Staffing.

Do I have to be Lutheran?

The mission statement of Holden Village calls us to “welcome all people into the wilderness.” This means everybody! Guests coming to Holden include a wide variety of singles, couples, and families of all kinds, young, old and in-between. People come from all over the world to rejoice in the unity that is ours in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Race, gender, age, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation or disability are not barriers to our fellowship but rather cause for celebration as we enjoy together the variety of God’s people. While Holden is rooted in the Lutheran Christian tradition, all faith traditions are celebrated and welcomed into this community. Non-Christians can feel comfortable in an atmosphere of mutual acceptance and conversation. We celebrate the unity and diversity of the church, all humanity, and all creation. All are welcome!

Can I bring my family?

Yes! Families and children bring enrichment and diversity to the Holden community, and we welcome short-term volunteers, long-term volunteers, and employees who would like to bring their families. In the summer, families may volunteer through our Family Option program - space may be limited. During the school year, the Chelan Public School District operates the Holden School, which the children of all volunteer staff and employees attend.

Interested in Bringing Your Family?

Will I get paid?

All long-term positions are paid a small monthly stipend to cover living expenses and also include health care benefits. Many long-term volunteers, particularly recent college graduates, find that the stipend is enough to cover student loan payments. Some seasonal positions (listed on the short-term volunteer page) also come with a small monthly stipend. All volunteers receive room and board free of charge.

Can I do half-work/half-pay?

Half-work/half-pay is currently only an option in in the off-season (September through May). If you are interested, please contact the Staffing Office.

What is your minimum commitment?

If you have been on staff at Holden before, you may volunteer for short-term volunteer positions for as little one week. If you have not, you may volunteer for a minimum of two weeks. Some positions require longer time commitments. These positions are listed on our Short-Term Volunteer page.

As an alternative, all volunteeres are welcome to volunteer for one of Holden's designated Work Weeks.

How do I get there?

For information about traveling to Holden, visit our Getting to Holden page.

Can I bring my pets?

Only service animals are allowed in our wilderness location.

Can I have my own bedroom?

Many long-term volunteers have their own bedrooms, especially during the off season. However, we have limited housing in the Village, so volunteers may need to share a room with another volunteer, particularly during busier months.

I’m a pastor. Can I take my sabbatical at Holden?

Yes! If you are interested in volunteering full time during your sabbatical, please fill out our volunteer application. If you are interested in the half-work/half-pay option, available September – May, please also fill out a volunteer application. We also have a program called Partners in Ministry, which invites full-time ministry professionals from all religious backgrounds to stay at Holden Village for one week during the off season (Setpember - May) free of charge. Check out the Partners in Ministry page for more information.

Can I park my car in Chelan?

Holden operates the parking lot at Field’s Point, which is approximately 30 minutes from Chelan. Free-of-charge parking is provided for both short-term and long-term volunteers.

What should I bring?

For a partial packing list and other recommendations, see “Getting Ready to Come to Holden Village.”

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out the FAQs About Visiting Page for more information, or email the Staff Coordinator. Thank you for your interest in volunteering in the Village! Holden would not be the thriving place it is today without your gifts of time and talent.