Thank you very much for your interest in volunteering for Capital Humane Society. Our volunteers are part of a compassionate, non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of companion animals.
We are currently working on revamping our volunteer program in order to remove barriers, where possible, in an effort to make helping us easier! Our goal is to continue to bring volunteers onboard that are willing to help with the never-ending cleaning and facilities maintenance we face in animal sheltering. Additionally, we plan to focus on effectively matching our volunteer’s special skills and interests with other areas where assistance is needed, in order to make the greatest impact toward our mission.
Please take a moment to read through the requirements, FAQ, and onboarding process before applying to join our devoted team of on-site volunteers!
- All on-site volunteers must be at least 13 years old.
- On-site volunteers between 13 & 16 years old must have a parent or guardian present at all times.
- Most on-site volunteer roles require a minimum commitment of 4 service hours per month, some require more.
- All on-site volunteers agree to assist with general cleaning duties as need as a part of their service.
- Volunteers cannot have a documented history of neglect or abuse towards animals.
I want to volunteer but I’m under 13 years old, how can I help?
Although the nature of our on-site volunteer work does not currently allow for those under 13 to volunteer, we are working on developing programs that would provide volunteer opportunities to the younger kiddos! At this time we do not have an estimated roll out date for these programs, stay tuned for more information! In the meantime, we always encourage interested individuals to consider hosting fundraisers and donation drives outside of the shelter environment as a great way to support our shelter and our animals!
Am I able to complete required community service hours at your organization? What kind of opportunities are there?
We are able to offer a limited number of on-site volunteer opportunities per month to individuals needing to complete required service hours. We accept applicants whose hours are required by school or in relation to non-violent court rulings. Due to the brief nature that these volunteers are with CHS, opportunities are strictly limited to assisting with general cleaning and the basic needs of the shelter.
What are the on-site volunteer hours?
Our volunteers are typically at the shelter between the hours of 8AM-7PM Monday through Friday and 8AM-5PM on Saturday and Sunday.
Do I have to commit to a certain number of shifts per month in order to volunteer? What if my schedule changes frequently?
Certain on-site volunteer roles, especially those that involve direct handling of the animals, require a significant amount of training and therefore to be considered for these roles we ask for a commitment to at least 4 months of volunteer work with a minimum of 6 service hours per month. Most of the other available on-site volunteer roles only require a minimum commitment of 4 service hours per month which can be worked all at once or split into however many shifts are convenient. We understand of course that life can be unpredictable and that our volunteers balance many other responsibilities outside of their duties here, therefore we are more than happy to be accommodating with scheduling.
1) Fill out the CHS Volunteer Application.
*Click the button at the bottom of the page to be taken to the virtual application.
*Stop in at Pieloch Pet Adoption Center to fill out an application in person.
Please allow one week for your application to be processed. If accepted, you will be contacted to set up a phone interview.
2) Phone interview with the Director of Community Engagement
This is an opportunity for us to get to know you and discuss the details of your application as well as your goals as a volunteer! During this interview we will go over the volunteer opportunities we can offer that correspond with your availability and skills. If we are able to decide on a match, an onboarding date will be set for your first day of training!
3) Follow-up email
You will receive a follow-up email with detailed instructions for your first day of training including what to wear, where to report, and generally what to expect. The email will contain a link with the Volunteer Agreement and COVID-19 waiver, both of which need to be signed prior to your first day. Any volunteer onboarding materials necessary for your training such as videos or handbooks will also be included.
It is necessary to complete a number of training hours before volunteering on your own. This number varies depending on the volunteer role you are filling and can be anywhere from 2 hours for general cleaning to 12 hours for adoption counseling. Your training may be provided by a variety of people including the Director of Community Engagement, Animal Welfare Staff, and other seasoned volunteers.
Once your training period is complete and you are confident in your new volunteer role you can begin working your shifts independently! We love the idea of cross-training volunteers in other roles they may be interested in and are happy to make that happen once a volunteer is established in the organization, usually after about 25 service hours have been completed.