Blue Deer Center News

Posted April 7, 2011

It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a community to support the opening of the heart. This year at the Center, we are blessed with the diverse offerings of many tradition holders and Elders. The experiences that will be had on this Land are nurtured by those who share their time and energy in supporting the Center as a volunteer. In fact, it is this nurturing, this gift of selfless service, that feeds the work of the heart in ways that reach far beyond words. What seems to be simple – helping with food preparation in the kitchen, washing pots, moving chairs, or stacking wood – serves as an act of love and support for all who retreat to this Land, incapable of being measured by a log of hours or an outline of responsibilities.

Each program this year is in need of two volunteers to support the inner workings of the Center. In exchange for seven hours of work each day, volunteers will receive free room and board, and the opportunity to sit with the River, the Land, and the Fire. The community setting of each program provides a space for personal enrichment and growth, as we share meals, conversation, and laughter. It is an opportunity to be a steward to the mission of the Blue Deer Center, to give of your heart for the sake of others, and to experience the diversity of those who grace us with their presence this year.

If you are unable to volunteer on the Land this year, there are also opportunities to support the Center by working with one of our Directors on special projects. We are in need of individuals to help gatheritems for the Silent Auction at Fireball, to help research media outlets in the Catskills and New York region, and to serve as a Volunteer Coordinator. Often these roles take only a few hours each week, yet the value is priceless.

With each volunteer that supports the Blue Deer Center, we are building a community of individuals who are leading the way in opening the hearts of individuals. It is only in community that we are capable of seeing what our gifts are, and in learning from others. We are eagerly awaiting for the arrival of your gifts, and seeking to share ours.

Posted April 7, 2011

The Center is looking for a part-time fundraiser. This position will have a variety of duties, including Annual Giving, Special Events, Donor Drive, Fireball, Donor Relations, Annual Mail Appeal, Grants, Volunteer development & coordination, coordinating meetings for different fundraising activities, staying in touch with Gratitude Committee. This position will work with a team of three others in the fundraising department to achieve not only the financial goals set by the organization but developing a supported donor base. Initiative and innovation are key qualities for this position.For more information and to apply, please contact Amanda Kerner at amandakerner [at] bluedeer [dot] org or 845-586-3225 ext. 5.

Posted March 28, 2011

We need a photographer, within driving distance of the Center, who will be able to attend 1 or 2 days of several of our programs in our 2011 season, and take high resolution digital photos of the provider and the event (within boundaries set by the provider). We’re looking for someone who is genuinely interested in what the Blue Deer Center is doing. These photos will be used for marketing future programs and the Center in general. While we are not able to provide financial exchange, we would be able to offer the following:

  1. Credit for any photos used on our website or in marketing materials.
  2. Free meals and lodging at the Center for a two day shoot.
  3. In exchange for covering four of our 2011 programs, we can offer tuition and fees for one of our shorter weekend programs.

To Apply:

  1. Please send a letter of intention, describing why you are interested in this project; and
  2. Send an electronic portfolio of at least 20 photos, including nature shots and headshot-style portraiture.

For more information about the Blue Deer Center, please visit our website at

Send by April 15th, to:

Buffy Aakaash,

marketing [at] bluedeer [dot] org


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