Volunteer Opportunities 2021

(Amended during COVID-19)

 

Time Commitment for Volunteers

During the COVID-19 outbreak, four volunteer committees are active, and there are three options for the amount of time you commit to as a volunteer:

  • Level 1: Average of 2-3 hours a week (8-12 hours per month) 

  • Level 2: Average of 3-4 hours a week (13-16 hours per month)

  • Level 3: Average of >4 hours a week (17+ hours per month)

Educational Opportunities

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: The Crossings Animal Society (CAS) offers an opportunity for students who would like to do their senior project with our organization. Projects must be approved by both the school and CAS.

COLLEGE STUDENTS: CAS is open to the possibility of a student’s designing an independent study to obtain college credit for her/his
volunteer work.

 

Volunteer Committees

Adoptions and Fosters 

This committee is responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing all programs aimed at rehoming and surrendered dogs,

Our Adoptions programs include

  • Community Adoptions, in which we “pull” dogs and cats from area shelters and adopt them to forever families;

  • Surrenders, in which we find new forever homes for families that are giving up their dog or cat

  • North to Home, a program that brings homeless dogs from the South and adopts them to forever families in the area

 

Our Foster program identifies and manages a network of foster families willing to provide a caring home for 2 weeks to 2 months, for a dog or cat awaiting adoption into a forever home

 

Volunteers on this committee may also serve as Ambassadors for dogs and cats we have adopted or who are in foster, checking in with adoptive or foster families at regular intervals

Age Requirement: 16 (for transporting dogs, under 18 accompanied by a parent)

Minimum Time Commitment: Level 2

Fundraising

This committee is responsible for planning, organizing and implementing major fundraisers (e.g., “I’m Rescued” Pet Photo Calendar Contest, Tail Waggers Strut), for managing our ongoing fundraising efforts, (e.g., Business Outreach, Appetite for Saving Animals, tabling), and for supervising small fundraisers held by organizations other than CAS.

Age Requirement: 16 (under 18 accompanied by parent or guardian)

Minimum Time Commitment: Level 2

Curbside Kibble Express

This committee focuses on helping families in the community who are experiencing financial struggles keep their dogs and cats.We help provide dog and cat food, and are currently considering assisting with prescription food, toys, dog beds, crates, and other items to help provide quality care and an optimal home environment for family dogs and cats. Curbside Kibble will require planning and implementing an approach to reach pet families in need. 

​Age Requirement: 16                         

Minimum Time Commitment: Level 1

Business and Community Partnership (on hiatus due to COVID-19)

This committee focuses on building relationships with area businesses and individuals interested in supporting The Crossings Animal Society. It includes establishing, building, and maintaining relationships with large local companies, storefront businesses, politicians, and civic organizations.

The committee is well-suited for outgoing volunteers, those with business and marketing experience, or who are pursuing a marketing or nonprofit management degree.

Age Requirement: 18 

Minimum Time Commitment: Level 2

 

Advocacy and Education (on hiatus due to COVID-19)

This committee is responsible for creating and implementing a plan to educate the community about no-kill philosophy, animal welfare issues, and the work of CAS. This plan includes both writing (e.g., social media, newsletter, letters to the editor, information/education pieces) and speaking (to civic groups, students, over 55 communities, etc.)

Age Requirement: 18 

Minimum Time Commitment: Level 2

 

Communications and Public Relations 

This committee is responsible for maintaining a visible and positive reputation for CAS in the community through the use of media, social media and print communications. Volunteers are responsible for keeping our supporters and the animal-loving public informed about our activities, our programs, our successes and our upcoming events.

This committee well-suited to those who are creative; who like and are skilled at writing; and/or who are adept in using social media. It is also appropriate for students pursuing a communications or journalism degree.

Age Requirement: 16

Minimum Time Commitment: Level 1

Animal Help and Adoption Network (on hiatus due to COVID-19)

This committee assists with the programs that directly help dogs and cats in need in our community, including working on the Animal Help and Adoption Network Hotline; expanding our network resources of area rescues, veterinary services, trainers, day care & boarding, and other pet-related service; engaging in office work; and assisting (in the office) with needed arrangements for our surrender/adoption program.

Age Requirement: 16

Minimum Time Commitment: Level 1

 

Sanctuary Planning 

This newly re-instated committee will develop a plan and implement a plan that will, over several years, culminate in the building of our no-kill facility for dogs and cats in Bucks County. The initial part of the plan will focus on gaining the education and experience necessary to make this project a reality

Age Requirement: 18 

Minimum Time Commitment: Level 1

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