Volunteer

Current Volunteer Team Members – please click here to sign in to your account.

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
   

The following requirements are mandatory for all Greenhill 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 6 months. 
*Possess strong customer service skills. Be able to read, write and communicate clearly with staff, other volunteers and the public and follow direction, shelter rules and protocol info.
*Be able to sit, bend, squat, twist and stand for long periods. (If applying for a direct animal care position: dog enrichment, cattery, small animal room).
*Have access to the Internet and an email account.
*Have reliable transportation to be able to get to our shelter, located at 88530 Green Hill Road in Eugene, Oregon.
*For those 18 and over, pass a standard criminal background check. Note, we are not able to accept volunteers who have committed crimes against minors or other vulnerable populations, charges of theft or assault within the last 7 years, or have felonies or instances of animal abuse / cruelty from any time period.
*Pay volunteer registration fee ($25 for those age 18 and over, $15 for those ages 16-17, $30 for parent/youth teams)
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!
            

To learn more about our volunteer team positions, please click here.

If you are interested in joining our volunteer team, please first watch this short video all about Greenhill, the volunteer program and more details on the process to get started.
https://www.green-hill.org/volunteer-training-video/
After watching the video if you would like to join us as a Greenhill volunteer, please pay for your volunteer registration fee using the link below. Be sure to select the package that fits the type of volunteering you will be doing!
https://www.green-hill.org/product-category/vol_registration/
After payment is processed you will receive an email to initiate your background check or with next steps (for those under 18).
Community service volunteers and students or those needing hours signed off on for school or a program, should also pay for their registration fee to get started. **If you have to meet specific volunteer hour requirements  (i.e. a certain # number of hours per day or per week), please contact the Volunteer Dept. prior to submitting your volunteer registration so we can make sure we can accommodate that.
Update 12/2/2020: Please note that with COVID-19 numbers on the rise in Lane County, new volunteer orientations are on hold until further notice. Please refer to the list of Volunteer Team Opportunities (https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/OD?FROM=8527) for our current needs that we’ll have available when orientations reopen (areas not available are listed as full at the top of the description). We would love to have you register and get on the waitlist to join the team if any of the open positions would be a good fit for you. Follow the above link to register, complete your background check and we will reach out to you when we are scheduling new orientation dates again so we can get you started!
For more information or if you have any questions, please feel free to call or e-mail us at 541.844.8824 or volunteer@green-hill.org. We can’t wait to have you on our team!

Find ways to help Greenhill:

 Volunteer Spotlight
December 2020
Bonnie Leigh

Meet Bonnie, our Volunteer of the Month for December! Bonnie started volunteering in June 2020 and has already contributed over 169 hours of service to Greenhill. She volunteers in Central Laundry, and as an Adopted Animal Follow Up Specialist. In the past, Bonnie has volunteered at the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans and at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center in Northwest Florida. 

Bonnie’s favorite aspects of volunteering are, “being with the other volunteers; also pets being reunited with their owners, there is no bond better than the one we have with our four-legged fur babies. And also watching clients choose their new best friend. I enjoyed helping during the fire, it made me feel that I was part of something great, and to talk to the victims and hear their appreciation for what Greenhill was doing, there are no words. My next favorite is the people I work with, especially working in the laundry, I am thanked a lot, and makes me feel good. I am also very proud to be part of a non-profit that is so well revered in the community.” 

From volunteering at Greenhill Bonnie has learned, “how important it is to be surrounded by people who share a love for animals and are dedicated to their enrichment. I am grateful to be with these people, and I want to be here for a long time.” 

Bonnie was raised in a military family. She was a Corporate Service Training Manager for Marriott Corporation and was a general manager of two separate boutique hotels in New Orleans. To be closer to her parents, Bonnie relocated to Florida and was an assistant manager with Coach, Ann Taylor, and Tommy Hilfiger. During that time, she went back to school and earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology. After moving to Oregon, Bonnie worked at Tommy Hilfiger in Woodburn and then lived in Yachats for a year and a half working at a small beach motel. She moved to Eugene in November 2016 and, until her retirement, worked at ShelterCare as a housing specialist assisting the homeless population find housing, get birth certificates, and state ids.

Bonnie loves going to the beach, hiking, traveling, taking photos, and learning new things. Bonnie says, “The beach is my favorite place and the coast in Oregon is the most beautiful I have ever seen. Of course, I do all these things with my best friend and loyal companion, Simon, a five- or six-year-old Chihuahua rescue. Presently, I am a member of the Cascade Mycological Society, so I can learn more about mushrooms.”


We Love You, Volunteers!! 

— Volunteer and Foster Appreciation Party —