Hope Springs is a 501c3 Not for Profit Retreat Center in Ohio's Southern Appalachian foothills providing intentional space for mindful, creative and healthy private group retreats. Hope Springs also sponsors profoundly transformational workshops on topics which include women's issues, empowered leadership, and personal growth.

Hope Springs Institute

Dear Hope Springs Supporters,

We are gearing up for our Third Annual Volunteer Day, to be held on Indigenous People’s Day (aka Columbus Day).  It is a great time and a lot of fun for all involved.  Not only will you be helping Hope Springs, you will have the opportunity to meet new friends and old friends.  As always, we’ll provide the lunch, you provide the elbow grease.  We have a never-ending list of projects that need doing. 


Projects that need doing (subject to change):

  • Painting – There is always a door or a room to be painted.  If you have any paint brushes or rollers, please bring them.  As the date comes closer, we will be more specific about what will be painted.  

  • Gardening – We always have lots of weeding to be done.  And, if all goes according to plan we will have a new garden to install!  Bring shovels, spades, and gloves if you have them.

  • Miscanthus Grass – Turns out that the grass we have been calling Pampas grass is actually Miscanthus, Miscanthus sinensis, to be specific, also called Chinese silver grass.  We won’t stop until we have removed it from our property!  Electric hedge trimmers welcome!  We need to keep cutting it back until it finally gives up.  We can do this!  Bring gloves and any cutting tools that you have.

  • Firewood – as always, we have trees that need to be cut and stacked to be used for firewood or put into piles for burning.   Bring gloves and a chain saw if you have them. 

If you can join us, please contact Jules at 937-587-2602 or jules@hopespringsinstitute.org and let her know what projects you are interested in.  Please be sure to dress appropriately.  Most, if not all, work is outside and in addition to sun protection, you will want to protect yourself from scrapes and bugs.

Together we can make a huge difference!

Executive Director

Little Red Barn

  Scraping and painting of the Pump House, aka "The Little Red Barn," was done by volunteers at last year's Volunteer Day.       


Partnering with Accelerating Racial Justice

By Kaleigh DeVoe
Accelerating Racial Justice 2017 Facilitator
Racial Awareness Program – Student Activities and Leadership Development

Last summer, Accelerating Racial Justice (ARJ) 2016 had a blast on their mission to learn at Hope Springs Institute. Naturally, we wanted to come back for our 2017 retreat. However, being aware that Hope Springs must work with us a great deal to keep the cost for our retreat within our budget, we wanted to do something this year to try to give back to this amazing retreat space!

Accelerating Racial Justice

Accelerating Racial Justice (ARJ) and the Racial Awareness Program (RAPP) are housed within Student Activities and Leadership Development at University of Cincinnati. These programs educate students about social justice, equity, and inclusive leadership through a 5-day intensive retreat and a 9-month intensive program respectively. Many ARJ and RAPP alumni continue to work in social justice or go on to spearhead equity and inclusion initiatives in higher education and in the corporate world.

Kings Island in Mason, Ohio has a group fundraising program that allows volunteers to work 4-6 hour shifts at the amusement park in exchange for donations made to the not-for profit of their choice. We are recruiting from our pool of alumni from both ARJ and RAPP, but we would also like to make the opportunity available to others who support the mission of Hope Springs Institute.

Anyone interested in volunteering throughout the spring and summer is welcome to e-mail me at devoeka@mail.uc.edu. Additional information about the fundraising program and volunteer requirements can be found at https://www.visitkingsisland.com/jobs/group-fundraising.

Note from the Executive Director: Accelerating Racial Justice proposed this volunteer activity to help raise funds to cover the cost of their stay at Hope Springs.  They are a delightful group and we are incredibly pleased to have them come back.  For any of you who could volunteer, a day of spent with these generous, kind, and thoughtful people, will be a treasure.

What People are Saying

The beauty of the people who work here
The Spirit of the Land
The love all around is what makes Hope Springs very special
This was my first time here. I will return.
I felt so loved and cared for in all ways.

~ Retreat attendee

"This experience has has brought me greater clarity and confidence about my life’s purpose – in many ways, on many levels."         

~CKM, Jacksonville, Florida

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