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Each year Heartbeet Lifesharing welcomes approximately eight volunteers from the United States and around the world. Volunteers live and engage with adults with developmental disabilities and share in all aspects of community life, including work on our farm and in the garden, preparing meals and cleaning house, helping with personal hygiene, and taking part in outings to cultural and social events in the local area. Flexibility, enthusiasm, patience, respect for others, and openness to different lifestyles and different ways of seeing the world, are all essential qualities for a successful volunteer experience.

Years of Service

A year of service provides the opportunity to develop social skills, to care for other human beings and for the land in healing and nourishing ways, to learn new skills in the areas of cooking, crafts (papermaking, felting and weaving), biodynamic gardening and farming and more. For some it may be a time to reflect on your life choices, to change directions and find inspiration. For young people from abroad it is a chance to meet a new culture and enhance English language skills. For all it can be a life-changing experience that will provide nourishment and inspiration for future life. Volunteers do not receive a salary, but room and board expenses are covered.

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  1. 18 years of age or older
  2. In good physical and mental health
  3. Good social skills
  4. Valid driver’s license


For more information about volunteering at Heartbeet Lifesharing or to apply, please contact:

Sara Hatch / Coworker Development
Phone: 802-472-3285 / Fax: 802-472-6863

Heartbeet Lifesharing
218 Town Farm Rd.
Hardwick, VT 05843


Heartbeet Lifesharing does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or disability.