Do you have love to spare?
Volunteers are the foundation of Greenhill Humane Society, and animal enthusiasts just like you make up our volunteer force. Each month, over 350 volunteers from Lane and surrounding counties donate their time to helping the animals at our Green Hill Road and 1st Avenue Shelters. Without our volunteers, Greenhill could not provide its current high level of service to the animals and people of our community.
All of our volunteers team members share three things:
1) Compassion and responsibility for all animals
2) Consistency and reliability to help us care for our animals
3) Commitment to reducing animal overpopulation
We have exciting volunteer opportunities available at both of our shelter locations 7-days a week. Our shelters are located at:
Greenhill Humane Society – 88530 Green Hill Road, Eugene, OR 97402
1st Avenue Shelter – 3970 W 1st Avenue, Eugene, OR 97402
In order to provide the best possible care for our animals, volunteers are
required to commit to volunteering for one 2-hour shift per week for a minimum of 3 or 6 months. Volunteers between the ages of 12-15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to volunteer on-site but can find lots of fun ways to help our animals by visiting our Cub’s Corner page.
If you can meet the above requirements, please complete our online volunteer application by clicking here. Once we have received your application, we will contact you to schedule you for an upcoming New Volunteer Meeting & Orientation Session (please check your e-mail for more information on signing up for a session). Please complete a separate application for all individuals who will be volunteering.
NOTE: Individuals who are required to complete 10 or more court-mandated community service hours or school required student credit hours can apply to complete their hours at Greenhill Humane Society or the 1st Avenue Shelter through our Community Service Program. Please contact 541-844-8824 for more information on how to apply. Individuals required to complete court-mandated or school required student hours should not complete the online volunteer application. Please note, we are not able to accept those with less than 10 hours needed.
To learn more about our volunteer team positions, please click here for a complete list of those available or view some select opportunities below!
Are you looking to help wherever there is the highest need?
We currently have a high need for more Small Animal Room volunteers at our Greenhill location! Both cleaning and socialization shifts are available 7 days a week. Let us know if you are interested during the Volunteer Orientation.
For more information about volunteering with Greenhill or if you have any questions, please feel free to call or e-mail us at 541-844-8824 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
Find ways to help Greenhill:
• If you are 16 years or older
• If you are between 12 – 15 years old
• If you are part of a community or corporate volunteer group
• Foster Care Volunteering
• Court mandated community service
• Cub’s Corner (under 12 years of age)
Over the past 7 years, Jill has put in over 500 hours of service!!! She is currently a HUGE part of our cattery team at Greenhill. She said, “I usually wash dishes, do laundry, clean litter pans and help clean the main cat room and side cat rooms by sweeping and mopping the floors. After I’m done with the cleaning, I spend some time socializing the cats, which is my favorite part of volunteering. I’ve also volunteered at fundraisers such as Art for Animals, which is an art auction that is held every November. I also volunteer every year at Art in the Vineyard. I sit at the GHS table giving out information about GHS, answering questions from the public and helping children make beaded jewelry at our arts and crafts table.” When asked what her favorite aspects of volunteering are, she replied, “I’m always meeting new people, whether they are staff members, other volunteers or the public. I really enjoy exchanging stories about our pets with each other. I also like the feeling that I’m doing something that benefits animals and also helping out the staff at the same time.”
Jill has also volunteered at many other organizations, including, “Willamette Wildlife Refuge, and while I was living in Pittsburgh, PA I volunteered at Animal Friends. In 2012, I traveled to Belize and spent 2 weeks volunteering at the Belize Zoo working alongside the zookeepers where I had the opportunity to help care for the native animals of Belize, including jaguars (which were exciting and a little scary at the same time). Then in 2013, I traveled to Thailand and spent one week working at a wildlife refuge there that mainly cared for primates. I helped to prepare the food and cleaned enclosures.”
Outside of her time at Greenhill, she works full-time for PeaceHealth and enjoys traveling, taking dance classes, working out at the gym, reading, baking, going to the movies and spending time at the beautiful Oregon coast. When asked what she’s learned from volunteering at Greenhill, she replied, “I’ve learned that animals can be very resilient. Animals that were once mistreated, neglected or abandoned, animals who you’d expect to never trust another human being, are capable of trusting and becoming very loving and affectionate pets. I’ve also learned that there are lots of people in our community who really care about animals and are deeply devoted to their well-being.”
Some fun facts about Jill- “I moved to Eugene in 1998. I grew up in Rhode Island and went to college in Pittsburgh, PA where I then lived and worked for almost 20 years. I’ve been an animal lover for as long as I can remember. I especially love cats, but I have compassion and respect for all animals. I’ve worked in the Health Records department for PeaceHealth for over 16 years now. I currently work in Springfield at the River Bend Annex. I sit at a desk all day, so when I come to GHS I want to do something that gets me moving, which is why I prefer to clean while I am there.”