About Friends for Life
How You Can Help
| Volunteer Opportunities
Friends for Life is an all volunteer organization. There are no paid positions and we rely on our dedicated volunteers to make all the programs work - and they work wonderfully thanks to them! Below you will hear about general volunteer opportunities within FFL. Beginning in March of 2005 we will again offer Volunteer Training Sessions where interested people can come and hear about FFL and find their place within the organization. Watch the Calendar section for the dates of the training session in March. If you do not see something that interests you below, please call us. We will work with you to find just the right volunteer experience for you in FFL.
- Foster care volunteers bring homeless dogs or cats into their houses and care for them until we can find the animals permanent homes. They are responsible for the usual duties – feeding, grooming, and exercise, as well as for bringing the foster dog or cat to vet appointments and to our adoption events and participating in the adoption screening process. Friends For Life pays for all of the dog or cat's medical costs and can provide any necessary supplies.
- Foster helpers assist foster care providers with socializing and exercising the foster dogs or cats. Many of our foster care providers are very busy with full-time work schedules and family obligations, so they welcome this type of help.
- Adoption event volunteers work to make sure that our off site adoption events run smoothly. Duties include handling dogs, working with the foster cats, dispensing information about FFL to the public and helping with set up and take down of our booth and materials.
- Clerical volunteers help with various tasks in the office, such as data entry, writing thank you notes, preparing mailings, and/or returning phone calls.
- Phone call returners - choose a day of the week, and we’ll e-mail you a list of phone calls to return from home.
- Fundraising Event Volunteers - throughout the year, there are several fundraising events that require a large amount of volunteer labor. Duties vary by event and may include soliciting auction donations, preparing and serving food, set up and clean up of events, etc.
- Committee Members - join our Fundraising committee, Matchmaker Committee or Spay/Neuter committee and help shape our programs and services! Various tasks are assigned through each committee.
- Spay/Neuter Scheduler - become a member of the Spay/Neuter team and help prevent the births of unwanted animals in our community. This dedicated team is doing a great deal of hard work which makes life better for animals in our community. In 2004 these remarkable women facilitated the spaying and neutering of 1,244 animals. Spay/Neuter schedulers need to be willing to commit to about 20 hours a month for returning calls and working with clients.
If you would like to volunteer with FFL, you will need to complete a Volunteer Application Form which can be downloaded below. If you are interested in being a foster home for a dog or cat, an additional form must be completed which is also downloadable below. You need Adobe Acrobat to open the forms. If you do not have it, we provide a link to their site so you can download the free copy.