Gould Farm offers an opportunity for volunteers from around the world to participate in the life of this special community through a full-time, extended term of service in residence at the Farm.
Volunteers participate in all aspects of the farm’s daily work. From tapping trees and making maple syrup, to making cheese from fresh milk, to working in the garden or preparing meals in our kitchen, or working in the bakery and cafe, our social enterprises...our shared work, strengths, talents and interests sustain a healthy community in which everyone can thrive.
Volunteers partner with staff work team leaders and clinicians to foster work based and community experiences that enable guests to strengthen their skills, competencies and confidence creating resiliency in work and social contexts. Vocational opportunities at Gould Farm help guests find strengths they didn’t know they had, experience new roles, learn new skills, gain job readiness, and build self-esteem.
The energy, vitality, and commitment of our volunteers provide a valuable contribution to our mission. Volunteers are immersed in the Gould Farm community working on the Residential, Garden, Forestry and Grounds, Farm and Kitchen teams, as well as in the Harvest Barn Bakery, Roadside Café, and at our transitional program in the Boston area.
Mature and caring individuals interested in living in a therapeutic community are encouraged to apply. Because Gould Farm values the strength of its community, we ask that volunteers commit to a year’s service. We provide our yearlong volunteers with room and board, health insurance, and a monthly living stipend. A few short-term internships are available throughout the year on a limited basis.
Gould Farm is a therapeutic community that promotes recovery for people with mental health and related challenges through meaningful work, community living, and clinical care.
Founded in 1913, Gould Farm is a private, nonprofit, residential psycho-social rehabilitation program for adults with mental health and related challenges. This healing community is located on a 700 acre working farm in the Berkshires. Our integrated treatment model blends productive and meaningful work activities, with life in a caring community of staff, guests (our term for clients) and volunteers, with clinical services to support the whole person. Guests are given the option of choosing to work on one of our many work teams: Forestry and Grounds, Farm, Garden, Harvest Barn Bakery, Kitchen, Maintenance, or Roadside Cafe.
All volunteers, staff, and their families live on the grounds, providing a uniquely supportive environment for personal and social growth. As guests get ready for more independence, we offer a program in the Boston area as the next step in recovery and community integration. Our goal is to give every individual the opportunity to gain the confidence, skills, and readiness required to build more independent and meaningful lives.