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Volunteering at Community Outreach & Special Events

Volunteer Opportunities:
Community outreach and special event volunteers assist both prepping and executing our community events. Volunteers assist in 4 main areas of community outreach:  

  • Fairs and festivals
  • Pet therapy
  • Tabling and small events
  • Third party fundraising

Large special events include our annual Paws and Feet 5k Run and Doggy Fun Day, Bark in the Park dog socials, our online auction and our 50/50 raffle.  Special events are often held on weekends with set dates and times announced prior.

Time commitment: Volunteers are required to attend an orientation before volunteer service can begin. Orientations are held on the 1st  Monday and Tuesday of each month from 6:00-7:30pm and the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6:00-7:30pm. We will meet at the shelter at 6pm sharp to begin the walk through and then go down to the clinic for the Orientation presentation. This session is invite only and spots are limited so please allow 2 weeks for your application to be received and for the invitation to be sent out to you.

New Volunteers: All volunteers have the option to purchase a “Volunteer Starter Kit” for $10. The kit will contain an AWA Volunteer t-shirt and an ID badge. Volunteer t-shirts for $7 and ID badges for $5 are also available separately. This covers AWA’s cost only. T-shirts areoptional,  ID badges are required and are to be worn by ALL volunteers while volunteering at AWA.  ID badges identify volunteers by name and reflect the completed levels of training. Please bring cash or a check with you at the time of Orientation to purchase these items.

Current AWA volunteers: Volunteers have the option of purchasing a volunteer tee shirt for $7. Replacement ID badges are $3. Volunteers MUST have an ID badge on while volunteering at AWA. E-mail if you would like to purchase a volunteer shirt or need a replacement badge.

Volunteer qualifications:  
Community outreach and special event volunteers are 18 years or older.  Volunteers need to supply their own transportation to and from the events.  Outreach roles are for those who are comfortable speaking as a representative for the AWA at public events

How to get started:

  1. Apply here!

    Please note we do not offer paper applications.
  2. Allow 2 weeks for your application to be received. Once it is received you will be invited to our required Initial Volunteer Orientation which includes a 30 minute tour of the shelter and an hour long presentation on all aspects of our volunteer program.
  3. Complete your first hour of service/training with an approved Volunteer Mentor.
  4. Complete the remaining level 1 volunteer hours

Please note: All volunteers who have been inactive for more than 1 year must complete a new application and attend a Volunteer Orientation in order to resume volunteering.


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