Volunteer Onboarding

Amenia Regenerative Center

Here’s what you need to know during the COVID-19 pandemic for volunteering on the ARC 38 Land: ARC 38 Quarantine Protocol.

During the pandemic, ARC 38 is accepting volunteers on a limited basis. We likely need help with multiple projects during the fall season! We are busy with the following:

  • Building a greenhouse
  • Building a log cabin for food-pantry storage
  • Growing food in our permaculture garden
  • Harvesting wild and cultivated food and herbs
  • Building a mushroom wall
  • Trail maintenance and groundskeeping
  • Road maintenance
  • Tree work
  • And more!

If you are interested in helping out with any of these projects, please write an email to info@arc38.org to inquire about our current volunteer needs, and detailing your interest and experience in a specific volunteer project. We also need to know if you have any physical limitations such as health conditions, injuries, or allergies, that may affect which projects you can safely assist us with.

All volunteers must also sign this waiver ahead of your visit: https://arc38.org/release/

Who can volunteer?

During COVID, members can apply to volunteer at ARC 38 and will be accepted to come help out at ARC on a case-by-case basis. Volunteers and visitors need to pre-arrange and confirm with staff before coming to the land. We will need to make sure you meet the requirements for COVID protocol.

When can I volunteer?

The timing of your visit will depend on your schedule, as well as the needs of ARC, based on which projects we currently need assistance with. Please give ARC’s ground staff at least one week’s notice if you’re interested in coming to volunteer on a specific date. It’s best if you can be flexible!

What does volunteering involve?

Volunteering can involve any number of tasks and projects. ARC has ongoing projects such as trail maintenance, brush clearing, farm and garden work, and general maintenance of the property, as well as many larger projects that we need more hands on-deck to help with.

  • Always follow instructions from a staff member leading the project you are helping with.
  • Always ask questions if you are confused or unclear or anything!
  • You may need to lift heavy objects.
  • You will need to follow the COVID social distancing protocol
  • You may be exposed to poison ivy
  • You may encounter biting bugs (ticks, mosquitos, spiders etc),
  • You may have to face any inclement weather we experience on the mountain that day.

What do volunteers need to bring with them?

If you come to ARC 38, you must be radically SELF-RELIANT! You will need to camp, and bring everything you need to take care of yourself while you are at ARC, and take everything you bring with you when you leave. We are still in the process of building amenities for staff and visitors. This means we cannot provide many resources for volunteers at this time.

It is your responsibility to uphold The 5 Pillars of Sustainability: 

  1. Water: You will need to bring your own drinking and shower water.
  2. Food: You will need to supply all your own food for your visit to ARC.
  3. Power: ARC 38 is currently off grid. You will need a way to charge your phone, tools, etc. That may mean a generator, inverter, battery banks, or your car charging ports. (p.s. There’s no WiFi and many cell phone providers do not have service at ARC so be prepared to be disconnected while you are here)
  4. Shelter: If you have arranged to stay overnight on ARC land, you will need your own shelter and sleeping space. Bring a tent, sleeping bag, etc. Any RVs or Vans on the land will require notice and consent with the staff.
  5. Waste Management: Bring garbage bags to remove your own trash and recycling. Food waste may be burned (for garden ash) or otherwise composted (in a biodigester) by ARC staff, please check in with someone on the ground about what to do with food scraps. Do not throw food into the woods. Leave no trace! For human waste, we have a port-a-john on site for staff and guests. Do not shit in the woods!

Before you arrive: 

As Radical Self Reliance is a tenet of ours during the quarantine, this packing list is adapted from the official Burning Man packing list. You make go to File>Make A Copy to use this for yourself. 

Original list available here – http://www.burningtribe.com/html/BMpackinglist.html

Essentials:

  • Mask, bandana, scarf, or other facial covering. You will not be permitted to visit during quarantine without one
  • Work gloves. You will not be permitted to visit during quarantine without them
  • Comfortable hiking/work shoes
  • Garbage bags or other plastic bags to dispose of all your waste. Remember to leave no trace!)
  • Weather appropriate clothing. Remember rain can come just about anytime. And the temperature can drop quickly.
  • Insect repellent for ticks, mosquitos etc.
  • Food and Hydration: 
    • Water: bring at least a gallon per person per day
    • Plan every meal: if you do so you won’t end up hungry or with a bunch of left-over food
    • Portable foods like Snack bars, trail mix, dried fruit, jerky, peanut butter
    • Reusable mess kit, cup, plate, utensils – you will need to wash your own dishes with water you supply.

Camp/Overnight Sleeping Gear

  • Shelter: Tent, car camping, cargo van, camper/RV. Please tell ARC staff prior to arrival if you plan to bring a camper as we need to confirm whether we can accommodate it.
  • Bedding: Bring a warm sleeping bag, extra blankets, and pillow(s) – temps can drop to below freezing.
  • Light: Bring a headlamp, LED lantern or light (battery operated)
  • Bungee cords
  • Rope
  • Cook Stove
  • Stove gas
  • Lighter and/or waterproof matches
  • Reusable cups and plates
  • Reusable eating utensils
  • Pots, pans, biodegradable dish soap, scrubber
  • Small tub to wash
  • Rain gear: poncho, warm/waterproof clothes
  • Toiletries Bag: toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving stuff, soap, shampoo, lotion, other hygiene products
  • Towels: bring extra because they can get muddy)
  • Toilet paper
  • Lotion
  • Sunblock and aloe

Extras:

  • Generator or inverter to power electronics
  • Car charger for your phone and/or battery packs
  • Extension cords and power strips (if you are taking a generator).
  • Folding table (for cooking, etc).
  • Sun shower bag (the portable solar camping type).

Here is a printer-friendly version of the packing list: ARC Radical Self-Reliance Packing List