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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.
General Volunteer Program
**Are you able to make a commitment 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.
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 a Surgical Suite volunteer at our Greenhill location! This is a specialized position that requires a set schedule, four hours a week and a 6 month commitment. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us!
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
Julia has been volunteering since February 2017 and has contributed over 160 hours of service to 1st Avenue Shelter. We can always count on Julia to come out each week to clean kennels and walk and train dogs in the Dog Enrichment Program. She has even contributed her own original artwork to help with educational purposes and spruce up the shelter!
Julia’s favorite part of volunteering with us is being able to provide a sense of calm for the dogs, whether by taking them for walks or providing toys and bedding they enjoy. She says, “It makes me feel warm and happy when I can tell that the doggies I’ve worked with have gotten good mental and physical exercise and can lay down on their beds and rest, feeling fulfilled.” Volunteering has also helped her make both two- and four-legged friends and has given her a sense of purpose. Julia says it “feels great to have a way to give back to the community while also having a sense of belonging when I am with my colleagues at the shelter.”
Julia lived in Brooklyn, New York, until moving to Eugene when her partner was offered a job at the University of Oregon 8 years ago. She is an artist who works in video, animation, and drawing. Having a studio practice here in Eugene has given her “time, space and access to so much beauty.” One of the first pieces she did in Oregon was a 6-minute animated video called Laika’s Lullaby, a tribute to Laika the Soviet Space Dog. It can be found at juliaoldham.com/videos/laikas-lullaby.html.
Although Julia currently volunteers exclusively with 1st Avenue (and we are so honored!), she has also applied to volunteer with a spay/neuter clinic for stray dogs and cats in the exclusion zone of Chernobyl in Ukraine this summer! In her moments of free time, she is a self-described “voracious reader and love to while away an afternoon absorbed in a book when I have time to relax, or to listen to audiobooks while I’m working.” She has three dogs of her own with whom she loves to go camping and hiking. Volunteering at First Avenue has increased her understanding of dog behavior and taught her “many methods for gaining the trust of dogs that have been through terrible ordeals, and I’ve learned how to be patient and persistent when a dog doesn’t like me right away.”