Saint Nicholas Monastery
||Celebrating its 10th year in 2013, the nuns endeavor to care for all those in need of spiritual nourishment. The Monastery is Christian Orthodox, and provides traditional Christian worship. Because of a large, diverse property, the nuns need volunteers to help with a variety of tasks.
The Monastery is a home for women who have been called out of the world to live spiritual lives of prayer and service to the Christian Orthodox Church. To this end, the nuns engage in the traditional monastic works of translating and publishing religious books, ecclesiastical sewing, candle-making for churches, painting icons, cataloging an extensive library, welcoming pilgrims and other works.
||Computer: Database new records and update existing ones in mail list program. Scan and size items for Website, brochures, mailings.
Environment: Monastery has 11 acres, some woodland. Need help beautifying grounds, planting gardens, propagating plants, hauling brush, mulching, pruning, cutting grass, laying walkways, removing invasives, and other yard work. Help build a Bible Herbs Garden. Clean beeswax.
Marketing/PR/Event planning: Maintain bookstore (stocking, pricing, retailing). Write and mail basic press releases. Help plan a volunteer luncheon, or yard sale, or other activity.
Office/clerical: Filing, typing letters, photocopying, laminating, general office.
Graphic design/arts: Write and design brochures for candleshop, bookstore, volunteers, library, etc. Layout/design prayer cards, bookmarks, box stuffers. Many artistic talents may be utilized at the Monastery: watercolor, beading, embroidery, mosaics, marble cutting, woodworking, etc.
Library: Monastery library contains more than 10,000 volumes that need to be cataloged. Learn new skills by working alongside a volunteer who is retired from the Library of Congress. Label and shelve books. Sort periodicals. Cassettes, DVDs, CDs and other media need to be cataloged in an Excel database. A special need exists for someone who has equipment to transfer cassettes to digital media.
At-Home volunteer opportunities: Write letters seeking donations of good and services. Grant writing. Index cassettes into Excel database. Transfer audio cassettes to digital media. Layout/design brochures, etc.
|Times of Work:
||Weekdays daytime, Weekdays evenings, Weekends daytime, Weekends evenings
1340 Piney Road
North Fort Myers, FL 33903
Phone: (239) 997-2847
Alt Phone: (239) 229-3871
|Worker's Comp for Volunteers?:
||Peaceful, tranquil surroundings.
Lunch or dinner provided.
10% discount in Monastery Gift Shop/Bookstore.
||Immediate need for: help cleaning out a wood shop, which involves sorting scrap metal, cleaning equipment, moving wood into better storage, shop vac, physical labor.
Immediate need for: someone who can level and lay 18 inch concrete pavers in a garden walkway.
Immediate need for: Library sorting, labeling, shelving.
Any electrical skills a plus
There are some jobs that the student could do in the privacy of their own apartment, such as grant writing; scanning photos for use on a Website; graphic design of brochures, bookmarks and prayer cards; letter writing; etc. This might be a helpful option for pregnant or physically challenged individuals.