What to Bring or Not!

What to Bring!

Volunteers and chaperones should pack enough casual, comfortable clothing for a week. Remember to include extra clothes that you are not afraid to get dirty, painted on or possibly ruined.

In Winter Months
  • warm work clothing (jeans, sweatshirts, hats, etc.)
  • winter gloves
In Summer Months
  • lightweight work clothing (shorts, T-shirts, etc.) and also work pants; muscle shirts and tank tops are not appropriate for construction work
  • sunscreen, bug spray and a hat to wear when working in the sun
In All Seasons
  • work gloves
  • boots or other waterproof footwear; if possible, bring more than one pair of shoes
  • casual, nice pair of slacks and shirt or blouse for church (see note below)
  • small amount of spending money
  • sleeping bag or sheets/blanket (we provide mattresses and pillows)
  • towel, washcloth, and biodegradable soap and shampoo
  • other toiletries
  • small musical instruments
  • a smile and eagerness to serve

If you are a strict vegan, please bring a protein supplement with you.

What Not to Bring!

Part of the Glenmary Home Missioners charism is simplicity, and the service week is dedicated to that simplicity. In that spirit, we ask that volunteers try to abstain from wearing makeup and shaving every day. We want to focus on the inner beauty of everyone who volunteers with us, not some façade put on to impress people.

We ask that volunteers and chaperones not bring:
  • radios, MP3 players, tape recorders, laptop or tablets, CD/DVD players
  • hair dryers and curling irons
  • cell phones
  • junk food (we'll provide adequate meals)

A Note Regarding Appropriate Dress

We are very respectful of the local culture we encounter in the home mission counties. Ministers, especially in the evangelical churches, expect that volunteers and chaperones will dress appropriately when they visit. For volunteers, that means dressing a little more conservatively than they may be accustomed to.

All volunteers should bring at least one outfit that includes a nice pair of pants or skirt, a blouse and/or shirt with a collar and sleeves and a pair of shoes that cover the feet—very bare sandals, like flip-flops, don't qualify. No tank tops or spaghetti strap tops are permitted and skirts should be long enough to cover the knee when seated.

Abiding by this dress code will prevent a lot of  problems for volunteers once they get to the Farm. Chaperones, please speak with all the volunteers about the dress code before leaving home. If volunteers do not comply with the dress code, they will not be able to participate in "church night."

Abosolutely no alcohol or drugs are permitted at any of the Glenmary Group Volunteer Program sites.