Mission Allies are short-term volunteers who serve the CRI Mission Base in a variety of ways. This includes various service projects, remodeling, farming, admin, hospitality, cooking, cleaning, landscaping, groundskeeping and much more. Join us in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia on our new 85-acre mission base and training center. Cabins accommodations and RV parking is available.
Who can be a Mission Ally?
Anyone with a heart to serve on the CRI Mission Base can register to serve in the program. Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian or parent.
When can I come and for how long?
The Mission Allies Program is a short-term program that runs from February to November and you can come for any time frame up to four weeks. If you are interested in staying longer please consider applying for missionary staff HERE. Special circumstances can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org for approval.
Do I have to be CRI trained?
You do not have to be a CRI trained responder to come serve with the Mission Allies program. However, background checks are required for all participants.
What can I expect to be doing?
There are many ongoing projects on the base, and we have continued need of skilled tradespersons. When you sign up you can share what you are experienced at doing as well as what area on the base you are interested in serving in. Allies can help in projects or by supporting certain departments on base. Most volunteers will be assisting in areas such as:
- Farm – livestock, garden
- Resources and Logistics – CRI Supply store, relief donations & inventory
- Food Services – food prep, cooking, meal planning, serving, cleaning
- Maintenance – buildings, landscaping, groundskeeping
- Hospitality – scheduling, housing, cleaning, registration, welcome
- HOPE – coordinating, worship leading, intercession
How does the base run?
Breakfast is served each morning and then there is a time of prayer and worship that the base as a whole partakes in before we head into our responsibilities. We come back together at lunchtime and then again at dinner. Some evenings have scheduled events or activities but otherwise, you are free after dinner unless your team wants to keep working on a project. Oftentimes someone will begin a time of spontaneous worship and/or prayer, share testimonies and even game nights! There are many trails nearby if you enjoy the outdoors and nearby Roanoke has a lot to offer as well. We spend a lot of time as a community but always encourage each other to find a church to visit or go make friends off-base and be involved in the greater Roanoke area.
What is the CRI community like?
CRI operates like a family embracing a lifestyle of worship and prayer, serving and honoring one another, working as a team and partaking in meals and fellowship together. If you register for the program we assume that this is the right fit for you. If you have any questions prior to registering, feel free to email us at email@example.com.
What does it cost?
Please be our guest at no charge if your visit will 30 days or less. Love Offerings are always appriciated. If you have not had a background check run by CRI in the last 12 months there will be a $15 per person charge to cover that. You are responsible for your own travel costs to come to the CRI Mission Base in Blue Ridge, VA. For stays beyond 30 days: Please see fee schedule below or consider applying as CRI Staff.
Fee Schedule for 30 days or more: Accommodations in a shared men’s or women’s cabin are $8 per-day, per-person. On-site RV parking and hook-up is $5 per-day, per-person. These prices WiFi, utilities or power and water hook-up and three meals per day (RV dump station onsight). Sorry, we cannot change the price to reflect meals not eaten. We have limited couples cabin accommodations until more renovations are done.
What happens when I arrive at the CRI Missions Base?
You can expect to be invited into the CRI community and will receive an orientation packet along with directions to your housing. You will be assigned to an area on base and introduced to the person who will be guiding you in the particular project or department you will be supporting. You are encouraged to join our community worship and prayer along with our meals and CRI connection times.
So I want to be a part of building and serving but I am unable to travel to the base…
Consider supporting other Mission Allies who are able to travel and serve but may be unable to afford the cost while on base. In addition, there are many needs that you could sow into that would provide the necessary resources to finish projects. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.