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Volunteer Team Opportunities
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 volunteer 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 and for the safety of other volunteers, customers and staff, the following requirements are mandatory for all volunteers:
*Be 16 years of age or over. (Volunteers between the ages of 12-15 can volunteer only if accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.)
*Commit to volunteering for one 2-hour shift per week or at least 8 hours a month for a minimum of 3 or 6 months or longer (dependent on position).
*Possess strong customer service skills. Be able to read, write and communicate clearly with staff, other volunteers and the public.
*Can remember and follow shelter rules.
*Can read and comprehend protocol info.
*Be able to sit, bend, squat, twist and stand for long periods (if applying for a direct animal care position: dog walking, dog enrichment, cattery companion, small animal room socialization).
*Can take and follow direction.
*Have access to the Internet and an email account.
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 below. Please complete a separate application for all individuals who will be volunteering.
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).
- Volunteer Application – requires 3 to 6 month or more commitment, min. of 2 hours/week
- Student Service Hours Volunteer Application– Students looking to receive credit hours for middle, high school or college requirements. Minimum of 10 hours required.
- Court Mandated Community Service Hours Application– Fulfill court mandated community service hours. $50 non-waivable fee applies.
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 email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
Find ways to help Greenhill:
- If you are between 12 – 15 years old
- Student Credit Service Hours/ Court mandated community service
- If you are part of a community or corporate volunteer group
- Cub’s Corner (under 12 years of age)
- Foster Care Volunteering
Meet Karen– our Volunteer of the Month for February! Karen has brought her amazing talents and passions for graphic design and helping animals at our organization. She has contributed almost 300 hours of volunteer service since December 2016! Karen provides awesome support to so many dogs at Greenhill on a weekly basis while also spending countless hours behind her computer at home creating inspiring artwork for postcards, signs, buttons, cards and more! Karen is extremely giving of her time and talents and continues to amaze us with her inspirational work.
In Karen’s words, she likes volunteering at Greenhill because “this is where love grows.” Karen has had many volunteer positions throughout her life and says “this is the best place ever. The volunteers and staff are so dedicated to the animals and their welfare that I feel part of something wonderful.”
After Karen retired, she moved to Veneta a year and a half ago. She looked for a place to connect through community service and saw Greenhill as the perfect place. She chose to work in the kennel as a dog handler because she hadn’t had much experience with dogs. They have shown her joy and devotion and how to see in a 360-degree viewpoint. Karen says “they are so in tune with their environment that they alert me to things I don’t pay attention to and I start to see with all my senses.” She also loves how the dogs respond to the love and care heaped upon them by all the volunteers and staff, saying “there are happy tails wagging here!”
Karen traveled widely before landing in the Pacific Northwest. She worked in many jobs, including positions as a counselor, an executive assistant, an English tutor in Hong Kong and a film extra. Before her retirement, she worked as an indie video producer and a mixed media and digital collage artist. When she’s not playing in Photoshop, she is working on her first yard, dying and stamping fabric and making scarves.