Whether it is to gain school credit, earn a troop badge or just out of the goodness of your heart, volunteering at WCHS is a beneficial way to donate your time and talents. When you volunteer you meet new friends (both human and animal), discover skills you never knew you had and make a difference in your community. Youth who volunteer are less likely to engage in risky behavior, are more likely to feel connected to their community, and tend to do better in school. Have fun while giving back. Volunteer to help do your part today.
Please note that we do not allow children under the age of 14 to volunteer. Due to issues within the shelter, WCHS has reevaluated our policy in regards to youth volunteers. We no longer accept any students under the age of 14-years-old to volunteer at WCHS due to liability. Youth volunteers currently enrolled in the volunteer programs who are under 14 will be grandfathered in.
After School Program (A.S.P.)
The A.S.P. is for students 14-17 years old looking to get experience in the animal care field. The program offers students the opportunity to learn more about the day to day care of WCHS’s adoptable shelter animals. Volunteer applicants should be comfortable working with all types of animals along with a willingness to learn. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, scooping cat boxes, cage cleaning, kennel touch-ups, potty breaks for adoptable dogs, dishes, laundry, garbage/recycle duty, and general shelter upkeep. Students commit to one day per week for 2 hours each shift. Students work in a crew and must work well in this type of setting.
Romp With The Animals Counselor
If you enjoy both kids and animals than this is the perfect program for you! Volunteer 16 years and up can fill out an application and be approved to join our committed team of camp counselors who work with the campers to ensure they have a great week at WCHS. Counselors work with the campers on crafts and assist them during the day. Camp counselors must be able to commit to a full week of camp. The program will run Monday through Thursday from 8am-5pm. Click here to find out more about Romp With The Animals.
Love to bake? WCHS has several fundraisers throughout the year and one way we make money is by having a bake sale. Bakers are asked to bake 5 dozen of their favorite cookies/bars or some breads, cakes, etc. Bakers must be able to deliver to WCHS or specified place where event will be held. This opportunity is a terrific way for families, girl scout troops, cub scouts and other student organizations where students need a few volunteer hours.
If you are interested in baking for one of our events or bake sales, please email the Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name and email to be added to the bakers distribution list. Be sure to add the email to your contacts so the emails can be received. When baked goods are needed, you will receive an email with the details of quantity, packaging instructions and delivery dates.
Rummage Sale Volunteers
Volunteers 16 and older are able to help with our annual rummage sale. Each spring WCHS looks for several volunteers to help unload, sort, price and help customers at the fundraiser. Volunteers can help with the bake sale in addition to the rummage sale itself. Volunteers are needed for set up and break down of the rummage sale. Scouts, school groups (16 years and older), and adults are a fit for various aspects of this opportunity.
Small Animals Program
WCHS has a variety of small animals that need handling and attention. Small animal volunteers take an adoptable small animal to a private room to exercise and be handled to help with the adoption floor jitters. Volunteers enrolled in the Small Animal Program should be comfortable with small animals of all kinds. Small animal knowledge preferred but other volunteers encouraged to apply. Program runs Monday through Saturday between 8am-12pm. Students 16-17 years old and adults 18 years and older are eligible for this program and are encouraged to send in a volunteer commitment form.
Due to the size of our shelter, we cannot always accommodate all applicants, and some opportunities are limited. We take applicants based on our current shelter needs and volunteer positions available.