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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 to 6 continuous 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 be sure to read carefully over the description for each application and program below before applying for what best suits your needs. A separate application needs to be completed for all individuals who will be volunteering.
These are all areas that have a high need for volunteers at this time:
– Small Animal Room Cleaner at Greenhill
– Small Animal Room Socialization at Greenhill
– Front Office at 1st Avenue or Greenhill
– Kennel Cleaner at 1st Avenue
– Special Events
– Dishes, Litter Pans and Laundry at 1st Avenue
*We also have a very limited number of openings in the Cattery at Greenhill
*Due to construction we will not be bringing in new Dog Enrichment Program volunteers at this time. For anyone who wants to be notified when the Dog Enrichment Program trainings resume at either shelter, you can fill out this short form and we will be in touch as soon as new trainings are being offered: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfVumynENqdvjYfA5FqNjUBTyiBEfOdvdSVnYdFXej-Jid3RQ/viewform?c=0&w=1
General Volunteer Program
**Are you able to make a commitment in one of the above high needs areas for the next 3-6 months or longer to volunteer for at least 2 hours each week?
Apply here- Volunteer Application.
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).
Service Hours Volunteering
**Do you need any type of service hours signed off or verified by our organization or cannot meet the continuous 3-6 month commitment? Service hours might include:
- elementary, middle, high school or college requirement
- sorority or fraternity hours
- Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts
- any other extracurricular or community organization (excluding court-mandated service)
Apply here- Service Hours Volunteer Application.
A minimum of 10 hours are required.
Court Mandated Community Service Hours
**Do you need court-mandated community service hours signed off or verified by our organization?
Apply here- Court Mandated Community Service Hours Application.
Please note: a $50 non-waivable fee applies.
We are not able to bring in any volunteers with the following charges on record:
Crimes against minors or other vulnerable populations
Charges of theft or assault within the last 7 years
Felonies from any time period
Instances of animal abuse / cruelty from any time period
*Others are subject to review case by case
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 Cat Video Team volunteers at Greenhill!
Help us get our kitties adopted! No experience necessary we will train you! Team of 2 has one person who plays with the cats and shows off how lovable and cute they are! The other person takes the video. We can teach you the rest! Team works on Thursday and the time is negotiable. All cat video team members must pass Cattery Training. Join the fun! If you are interested in learning more, please contact the Volunteer Department.
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 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
Christine started volunteering at First Avenue in March 2017 and has contributed over 235 hours of service to the shelter. We always know we can count on Christine to give our First Avenue cats lots of love each week, and our staff and kitties alike are so grateful for all her support!
As a cattery companion at First Avenue, Christine has spent endless hours providing love and enrichment to every cat she encounters. In summary: “Basically I get to cuddle and play with cats for two hours. I highly recommend the gig.” While she loves just about everything about her volunteer work, Christine especially likes helping to socialize kitties who are shyer at first so that they can meet more potential adopters.
Christine moved to Eugene about 18 months ago and currently works at ShelterCare as a peer support specialist. She works with young adults who have persistent mental illness and are at risk of becoming homeless. In addition, she is currently working toward a post-baccalaureate degree in psychology and counseling, with plans of later applying to grad school.
On top of everything else she is doing, Christine also volunteers with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, facilitating groups for people living with mental illness. Work, school, and volunteering keep her busy, but in her moments of spare time, she loves to take long walks and describes herself as a science fiction nerd. She also runs a vintage jewelry store on eBay! When she isn’t getting her cat fix at First Avenue, she has a two-year-old Siamese mix named Loki at home who keeps her entertained.
In Christine’s own words, “Volunteering with Greenhill has shown me what an incredible community Eugene is. The number of people who volunteer in all the various capacities is a testament to the people who live here. It has also reinforced my belief that people who love animals are my kind of people.”