Community Outreach Center-With your help, we can expand our office hours and be more accessible to our clients! Volunteer shifts are 2 to 3 hours once a week, weekday afternoons and all day Friday (when our office manager is off duty). Answer and return phone calls, schedule spay/neuter appointments, assist walk-in clients, and answer questions about our programs. Training provided.
Spay/Neuter Clinics-Great opportunity for early birds! Clinics are held twice monthly. Volunteers assist 2 mornings a month, preparing animals for transport from our office in Marshall to Human Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic in Asheville. Wednesday 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. and Thursday 7:45 to 9:45 a.m.
Wednesday volunteers prepare animal crates prior to clients' arrival by lining crates with newspaper and towels. Check in clients and pets. Have clients sign consent/admission forms, financial assistance applications, collect payment, crate animals, label crates. Help load crated animals onto shuttle van for transport.
Thursday volunteers help unload crated animals upon return from clinic. Assist owners with safely securing their pet when removing from crate. Review post-op instructions with clients and return Humane Alliance records to them. Assist other volunteers with disinfecting crates.
Rabies/Microchip Clinics- Help at a clinic in your neighborhood or join our roving band of volunteers and discover what's on the other side of the mountain! Clinics are held once a month on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in various parts of the county. Shifts are 4 hours, 9:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. Volunteers hep set up and take down tables and banners, check in clients, fill out rabies certificates, host our information desk, sign up clients for future spay/neuter clinics and act to ensure the safety of the animals and clients at the clinic.
Pet Food Pantry/Pet Portions- Pet Pantry food is distributed to qualifying walk-in clients during office hours by office volunteers, but we also need someone to keep our storage area clean and organized (involves moderately heavy lifting of pet food bags) and to communicate with pet food collectors to ensure sufficient quantities of food are on hand. Flexible hours, training provided!
Pet Portions is an extension of our Pet Pantry program and provides pet food for elderly homebound clients of Madison County Community Services. Pet Portions volunteers sort, package, and label pet food for clients. Can be done by one person or bring a friend! Must have transportation and be able to deliver food to MCCS by Friday afternoon for distribution by their drivers. Moderately heavy lifting.
Therapy Dog Activities-Would your dog make a good therapy dog? Lots of opportunities for animal-assisted therapy. Visit nursing homes, participate in the library's literacy program, or explore other venues. Contact us to ask about having your dog assessed! Therapy Dogs, Inc, a national organization, works with us to register animals. Once your dog becomes registered, therapy visits can be arranged according to your schedule.
Fundraising/Special Events-Help with exciting annual events. Decorations, entertainment, food & beverage, PR & invitations, silent auction, sponsorship. Help us brainstorm!
Publicity & PR-Work with our office manager and other volunteers to promote activities through our website, newsletter, fliers, brochures, local media, advertising.
Photography/Writing - If you enjoy writing and/or taking pictures, we'd love for you to contribute photos and/or articles for press releases, publication in our quarterly newsletter, etc.
Newsletter-Write for or help edit and prepare our quarterly newsletter for publication.
Website- We've recently revamped our website and will be using Joomla for content management. If you have Joomla experience, you can help us keep our website relevant and up to date.
Grant Writing & Research-Assist with grant research and applications. Must have good writing and organizational skills.
School & Community Education-Work with us to expand our humane education program! We provide Kind News subscriptions to county elementary schools, an HSUS publication which educates young children about kindness to animals. We hope to also work with older children and establish more of a presence in our schools through presentations/programs that encourage student involvement.
Data Entry-Must be computer literate, Excel/Access experience preferred. Can be done on your schedule or during office downtime if you also volunteer in the outreach center.
Historian-Help us keep up our archive. Organize scrapbooks, clip articles, file brochures and newsletters, and catalog other pertinent information. Flexible hours.
Fence Building-Support our Chain Free effort by participating in fence builds for qualifying clients. Physically strong volunteers appreciated, but all welcome! No experience necessary. Will involve a few hours or so on a weekend as clients are scheduled.
Office Cleaning- Come in an hour or so once a week--or suggest a schedule that works for you. A little housekeeping goes a long way! Help clean floors, bathroom, possibly other light duties as needed.
Carpenter– Make a valuable contribution to our Chain Free program by building dog houses for clients receiving fences.