Current Volunteer Team Members – please click here to sign in to your account.
We want YOU on our team!
Without our volunteers, Greenhill could not provide its current high level of service to the animals and people of our community!
**Our ideal volunteer is passionate about animals, committed, helpful, engaging, productive, friendly, reliable, eager to make a difference, and empowered to help shelter staff with daily operations, animal care and animal socialization.**
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
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.
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 watch this short video: https://nbc16.com/features/work
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
Mike Rock and Kay Jensen
Meet Kay and Mike, our Volunteers of the Month for September! Kay and Mike started volunteering in October 2017 and have already contributed over 290 hours of service to our shelters. Kay enjoys using her sewing and handicraft hobbies to help kitties and cats settle in with their new families while Mike finds it very satisfying helping small animals find forever homes.
Mike volunteers in the Small Animal Room at Greenhill socializing the rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and hamsters. When he was young, Mike was afraid of rats, but he now enjoys holding and petting them in order to make them more sociable and adoptable. Mike also volunteers on the Small Animal Video Team taking videos of the small animals and posting them on the Greenhill website. He enjoys all aspects of working with small animals. Kay volunteers from her home, sewing, knitting and crocheting kitty/cat blankets for them to take home in their transport carriers. She accepts materials donated from individuals as well as getting discounted materials from stores.
From volunteering at Greenhill, Kay has learned “there are too many animals without homes and/or abused. I am so thankful that there is a group of wonderful volunteers who are willing to help them find a forever home and help to socialize them prior to going into their new home. I never knew this was an event occurring on a daily basis.” Mike states that he has learned “there are countless number of wonderful people willing to give their time to help animals, and I am proud to be part of that.”
Prior to moving from Portland to Eugene in 2017, Kay and Mike lived on a float home on the Columbia River. Before retiring, Mike spent more than 40 years working as a journalist while Kay worked in Human Resource Administration for Cummins Northwest in Portland.
Kay and Mike adopted their cat, Leo, from the Vancouver Humane Society and their dog, Lucy, from Greenhill. Mike enjoys riding his bike, walking and writing fiction, especially for children. Kay loves taking care of her home and flowers, playing games on her iPad, baking and taking walks with Mike.