Current Volunteer Team Members – please click here to sign in to your account.
**Attention new volunteers!!**
As we are getting closer to the completion of our new state-of-the-art shelter facility we will not be training new volunteers until construction is complete. We still want and need volunteers, however, we are waiting to conduct more new volunteer orientations until the construction is finished. The estimated date of completion is July 2019. If you are interested in volunteering at Greenhill Humane Society, please add your name to our wait list and we will contact you once we start registration for new volunteers again: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfVumynENqdvjYfA5FqNjUBTyiBEfOdvdSVnYdFXej-Jid3RQ/viewform?c=0&w=1
We are still accepting student service hours / short term volunteers to help with cleaning shifts at this time. (See application below.)
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
**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.**
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!
Service Hours Volunteering
**Do you need any type of service hours signed off or verified by our organization or would like to volunteer short term? 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)
Meet Eric, our Volunteer of the Month for May! Eric started volunteering in June 2014 and has already contributed over 930 hours of service to our shelters. His favorite aspect of volunteering is, “of course, being with and helping animals. I’m both a cat and a dog person, my whole life has been sweetened by my connection with them, they’ve never lied to me and they, in their own way, have always respected me. Their love, when they choose to reward us with it, is pure and simple. A trait that most humans don’t share.”
Eric volunteers as a cattery tech assistant, cattery care assistant, on the special event squad, and as part of the community outreach media team for which he does radio spots on KRVM and KDUK. He also, occasionally, volunteers as a painter at several places in the community utilizing his skill with brushes, rollers and sprayers.
From volunteering at Greenhill, Eric continues to be amazed and surprised at the dedication, competence and reliability of the volunteers. He feels that commitment is, “the result of volunteers operationalizing our love for these animals. There isn’t much room for arrogance when you are cleaning up poop so if it isn’t because we love these animals, why else would we do it?”
About his two grown and successful daughters, Eric proudly states, “While they do indeed have successful jobs, the true measure of their success is that they are happy, young women who are very nice.” He currently shares custody of a 12 year old Cairn terrier, a 10 year old Westie, and a 17 year old Siamese cat, who was given 6 months to live 4 years ago. Eric believes his two grandchildren, Willa, almost 5 and Wyatt, almost 3, “are the true sources of the hope that gets me out of bed everyday.”