Thank you for your interest in serving with us at Big Creek Missions. We have hosted thousands of volunteers through the years, but we are brand new at the workamping concept. Give us a few minutes so we can share the vision for how workampers may assist at Big Creek.
Who are we?
Big Creek is a Christian ministry located in one of the top ten poorest counties in the United States. The needs in our area are great. With the loss of coal mining, our region has been hit hard with high levels of poverty, drug usage, and many other daily challenges. Our goal as a mission is to serve our neighbors by helping meet their basic needs.
How do we meet these needs? Each spring, summer and fall, we host hundreds of volunteers who provide service to many residents here in Southeast Kentucky. These volunteer teams travel to our mission campus and stay with us for a weekend or a week. The teams may consist of adults or teens, and may come from churches, schools, or colleges. These volunteer teams would serve in one of three areas of ministry: Construction, Community, or children's ministry.
We are seeking some workampers who can help us manage the teams that come in. Our workampers could help us manage those three areas of service PLUS offer hospitality to our teams. Since these teams are the ones who provide 100% of the funding for our mission, we want to provide a quality POSITIVE, CHRIST-CENTERED and encouraging visit for them. (We would encourage you to read about our different mission trips on these two pages: Spring and Fall Missions Summer Missions )
What type of personalities are we looking for?
We are seeking folks who love to serve others. This isn't a place where it's easy to "count the hours" of service. We have some weeks where we work long hours. If we don't have any groups, we work far fewer hours. We work best with those workampers who have a kind, Jesus-centered demeanor, are gentle, teachable, and willing to serve. We hope to partner with those who want to make a difference in the lives of others. All our staff have learned to be very flexible - as mission work requires this flexibility. To be frank, our mission is not one where we can "count hours" very easily, as our schedule is very sporadic.
What about the pay?
We will discuss pay privately with each applicant. Some are able to volunteer. We truly appreciate that, as it helps us put more money into the community. Others do need pay. We will talk through this depending on the time commitment each person is willing to make.
What are the other benefits besides pay?
*Good, fast Wifi (20-25 meg)
*Many free meals offered when groups are on campus... and leftovers when they're gone :)
*Flexible work opportunities
Our workampers would help us manage our volunteer teams and maintain our campus.
We need help in four major areas:
These teams come with volunteers who are eager - but sometimes don't have the skills necessary to "lead" the projects. Our desire is to patiently and kindly walk them through the proper steps to complete the home repairs.
The home repairs we provide include roofs, windows, doors, ramps, and more. We replace subfloors, repair doors, and more. Our ability to accomplish tasks depends on the skills of our construction leaders and incoming teams. We will have a good idea of the skills of our incoming teams which helps us choose projects for specific teams.
Working with construction staff, the basic tasks of the construction project coordinators would be:
*Visiting sites, meeting homeowners, and assessing needs.
*Drawing up clear, concise "work orders" with simple blueprints and materials listings
*Ordering materials - having materials ready when teams arrive
*Checking in with the teams frequently - ( or staying with teams) as they serve with us
*Since our construction staff & teams often know how to fix things, they often help with maintenance around the mission campus
Our incoming volunteers will serve by visiting nursing homes, adult daycares, clothing centers, and food pantries. Our mission operates our own food pantry - and our workampers could help us working at the pantry, OR coordinate the team schedules by calling different centers and scheduling our volunteers and visits to their center. Workampers could also visit these places and help serve (or coordinate) at any of the places we serve.
Pre-covid, we were able to visit local schools and provide skills tutoring to local children. That hasn't happened lately. However, our workampers could help us coordinate some tutoring programs or special events for our local children. Our incoming volunteer teams would be able to help run these events.
We send out our buses to pick up local children for our free daycamps every day. We need bus drivers who can assist us in running routes to and from daycamps. Passenger endorsement may be required. (We have 4 CDL buses, and several 15-passenger non-CDL buses)
Our workampers would help the director and staff coordinate the volunteer teams and would also be encouraged to help us provide great hospitality to our volunteer teams. We appreciate kitchen help, maintenance and cleaning help, and simply showing appreciation to those folks who travel long distances to serve on mission here in Southeast Kentucky.
Al our staff, both seasonal and year round, are always willing to "pitch in" wherever needed - as we are here as an act of worship and service to our Lord. As the director, you'll find me in the kitchen, mowing the lawn, cleaning, and fixing things. I'm just here to serve!!
While serving with us at Big Creek, we can provide a FHU - with a remote dumpstation. Most days in April and May will have free 3 meals daily provided by the mission. All days in June and July would have free meals provided by the mission.
We are hoping to fill our seasonal staff with friendly, kind, outgoing folks who will help us spread the love of Christ in a kind and positive way to our local community AND to the volunteer teams who fund and support our mission.
Where would you stay?
Our facility is a bit different than most campgrounds. We are currently installing three full 30/50 hookups on our main campus. Our hookups are located in a corner of our parking lot - close to our front fields and front gate. (these will be ready by February 2022!) Our facility is gated and secure, relatively quiet, and offers some nice views.
For those with no shower or bath, we have limited options to set smaller campers at a nearby house which would have a private bath for workampers.
Feel free to complete this simple form, let us know who you are, and we'll respond promptly to answer your questions!!