White Oak Conference Center
Volunteer Ministry

Thank you for your interest in the Volunteer Ministry of White Oak Conference Center.  Please read all of the following information and prayerfully consider your availability to serve in our Volunteer Ministry.

White Oak Conference Center’s Mission:

White Oak serves as an environment where people experience Christ Jesus.  Our staff strives to meet this goal and serve our guests' physical needs so that Christ can speak to their spiritual needs.

Volunteer Ministry Mission:

The ministry of White Oak is strengthened by volunteers with servant hearts who assist our staff in meeting the many needs of our guests and to help fulfill our staff motto “Always Exceed Expectations.”

White Oak Conference Center offers two different types of Volunteer Ministry opportunities.
  • Service Volunteer - offers the opportunity for individuals and couples to serve alongside the staff in one of the work groups at White Oak for an extended period of time. 
  • Project Volunteer - presents church groups the opportunity to complete a specific mission project at White Oak. 

Please click on the links above for each type of volunteer to learn more information.

Applications are available at the links below and can be mailed to:

White Oak Conference Center
 633 Mobley Hwy
 Winnsboro, SC 29180

 Or contact us at 803.635.4685

All applications are accompanied by a Background Investigation Authority Form and must be submitted with the application for each volunteer.  A $6.00 processing fee per volunteer is also required.

Service Volunteer Application

Project Volunteer Application

Let's Get to Work

 

Service Volunteer

General Information

Service Volunteers perform services that:

  • Would not normally be done because of funding or personnel limitation.
  • Enable paid employees to accomplish work that would not be done because of funding or personnel limitations.
  • Do not result in the displacement of any paid employees.

Service Volunteers must serve a minimum of 1 week.

Service Volunteers must be willing to serve a minimum of 25 hours per 7 day work week in order to receive free room and board, but will not be required to do more than 30 hours per 7 day work week.

For all positions an experienced volunteer or White Oak staff member will assist in the initial training, assuring comfortable acclimation and maintaining White Oak’s commitment to providing excellence in meeting guest needs.

Some position vacancies will take priority over others and will be filled first.

White Oak reserves the right to reassign a volunteer at the Conference Center Director’s discretion.

Volunteers are expected to be present for their assigned duties or inform their supervisor of any changes in their schedule.

White Oak buildings are tobacco free environments.

Volunteers are free to attend worship services or general sessions of South Carolina Baptist Convention sponsored events if they are not scheduled to work.

Volunteers will be provided, upon arrival, a packet of information that includes a listing of local churches and points of interest.

Lifestyle

Because of the privilege and responsibility in serving Christ and representing White Oak Conference Center, volunteers are expected to exhibit conduct and actions which project an image consistent with the expressed purpose and mission of White Oak and the South Carolina Baptist Convention.

Application Process

A Service Volunteer application, Background Investigation Authority Form and $6.00 processing fee must be completed and returned to the Conference Center. Questions may be directed to the Conference Center Director by calling (803) 635-4685. Exact dates of availability must be completed. Work area preferences will be taken into consideration but placement in positions of your choice cannot be guaranteed.

Selection Process

Volunteers are recruited and selected with preference given to those who possess a thorough understanding of and commitment to our mission statement and White Oak’s desire to focus on serving guests with a Christ-like attitude. Volunteers will be contacted and directed to the appropriate manager/supervisor upon selection for service.

Dress Code

A White Oak shirt identifying Service Volunteers will be provided free. The shirts issued should be returned to the Administrative Office before leaving at the end of scheduled service. Name badges are also provided and should be worn while on duty. Pants of any color can be worn. Inquiries should be made with the Conference Center Director for exceptions.

Housing and Meals

Housing on campus can be utilized when available.

Service Volunteers arriving in campers are provided campsites with full hookup at the RV Campground located past the pool and staff housing area at no cost. Meals will be provided at the conference center Dining Hall when scheduled meals are being served.

Campsites and housing for Service Volunteers is limited; therefore Service Volunteers may be put on a waiting list.

Spouses of volunteers staying on campus but not working will not be charged lodging but will be required to pay $3.00 per meal eaten.

Termination of Volunteer Service

White Oak Conference Center reserves the right to terminate the services of a volunteer if, in management’s opinion, the action is in the best interest of White Oak and /or the volunteer. Additionally, volunteer services are terminated when a volunteer resigns.

Volunteers will serve a probationary period during which it will be determined if the position is working satisfactorily for both the volunteer and White Oak.

Areas of Volunteer Service

Food Service:

Volunteers aiding the Food Service staff may serve meals, cafeteria style, from the serving line or assist with serving and busing tables for banquets. Responsibilities may also include monitoring the drink and ice stations during meals or helping out in the dish room. The dish room, where contents of used trays are sorted, dishes are put through the dishwasher and clean dishes and trays are returned to the serving lines. Usually, work in these areas involves standing about two hours per meal with breaks in between meals. Conditions in the dish room may be humid and warm.

Gardening/Landscaping:

Volunteers helping in this area will be involved with the care and maintenance of the flowerbeds across campus, potted plants and interior arrangements. Assignments are mostly outdoors, but there are some indoor plants in need of care.

Housekeeping/Laundry:

Volunteers assisting Housekeepers might be stripping sheets from beds, gathering dirty towels, dusting, window cleaning, stocking restrooms with clean towels and sweeping stairwells or sidewalks. Making beds and vacuuming are done only by volunteers physically able to do these tasks. A typical day is 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a half hour for lunch. Lifting of no more than 15 pounds is expected.

Volunteers in the laundry help fold washcloths, towels, sheets, etc. Most of the shift is spent on your feet.

Guest Services:

Volunteers provide support for our Guest Services by attending the Front Desk in the Administration Building, drive golf carts for guest transportation or serve in the HUB Café. Work hours in these areas are guest driven, depending on group size and schedule.

Service Volunteers may be asked to serve in multiple work areas depending on activities being hosted at White Oak.

 
Project Volunteer
General Information

Project Volunteer groups carry out projects that:

  • Would not normally be done because of funding or personnel limitation
  • Assist paid employees in accomplishing work that would not be done because of funding or personnel limitations.
  • Do not result in the displacement of any paid employees.

For all volunteer projects a White Oak staff member will assist in the orientation, direction and supervision of the project work.

Materials and needed tools for work projects will be provided by White Oak or may be supplied by the Volunteer Project Group depending on the work project itself. These details will be coordinated between the volunteer group leader and White Oak.

Some volunteer projects will take priority over others and will be completed first.

White Oak reserves the right to assign and/or decline a Volunteer Project Group at the Conference Center Director’s discretion.

Volunteer Projects

White Oak’s volunteer projects may range from landscaping to light construction.  

A complete and updated list of project needs is available by contacting White Oak Conference Center.

Application Process

A Project Volunteer application, Background Investigation Authority Form and $6.00 processing fee must be completed and returned to the Conference Center. Questions may be directed to the Conference Center Director by calling (803) 635-4685. Exact dates of availability must be completed. Project preferences will be taken into consideration but placement on projects of your choice cannot be guaranteed.

Selection Process

Project Volunteer Groups are recruited and selected with preference given to volunteers that possess experience and knowledge needed for a specific work project. Also, a thorough understanding of and commitment to our mission statement and White Oak’s desire to focus on serving guests with a Christ-like attitude is taken into consideration. The contact person of the Project Volunteer Group will be contacted and directed to the appropriate manager/supervisor upon selection for service.

Housing and Meals

Housing on campus can be utilized when available.

Project Volunteers arriving in campers are provided campsites with full hookup at the RV Campground, located past the pool and staff housing area at no cost and meals will be provided at the conference center Dining Hall when scheduled meals are being served.

Campsites and housing for Project Volunteers is limited; therefore Service Volunteers may be put on a waiting list.

Spouses of volunteers staying on campus but not working will not be charged lodging but will be required to pay $3.00 per meal eaten.

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