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Volunteer Opportunities 2024

 

Our volunteer teams enable us to accomplish our mission and goals. 

Whether you're an adult hoping to make a difference in the lives of dogs and cats in need, or a student looking to have a meaningful volunteer experience, The Crossings Animal Society may be just the right place for you!

Please read this document carefully to decide which team(s) interest you (you may choose more than one). Be sure to indicate the team(s) you’d like to be part of, and to tell us how many hours a week you'd like to volunteer.

 

Time Commitment for Volunteers

There are three options for the amount of time you commit to as a volunteer.  Please check which one you’d prefer:

  • 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)

Age Requirements

We ask that all volunteers be 18 years old or in their senior year of high school.  Younger high school students ages 13-17 are eligible to volunteer if they apply with a parent, and work together as a team.

 

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 Teams

Below are the descriptions for each team, and examples of the opportunities you may choose as a team member.   You are welcome to become part of one or more teams. 

 

1) Dog and Cat Rescue Team

The goal of this team is to work in a variety of ways that result in adoption of dogs and cats into forever homes.  Examples of opportunities for you as a team member include:

  • Vetting foster and adoption applications

  • Writing bios of pets for adoption websites and social media

  • Transporting pets coming to meet their adoptive families

  • Participating in “meet-and-greets” and adoption events

  • Serving as a pet Ambassador who stays in touch with adoptive families

  • Fostering dogs and/or cats

This team meets at least once a quarter.  Meetings will often, although not always, be virtual.

2)​ Fundraising and Promotions Team

This team’s focus is to assist with CAS fundraising efforts through local businesses, major donors, and fundraising events.  Examples of opportunities for you as a team member include:

  • Participating in small local fundraisers throughout the year

  • Establishing relationships with donors

  • Participating in our annual dog walk fundraiser

  • Serving on the committee for our annual “I’m Rescued and …” calendar contest

  • Assisting with “Appetite for Saving Animals” events, in which CAS sets up a table at a local restauran

  • Participating in "Business Outreach", establishing relationships with local storefront businesses for placing donation cans, promoting programs and events, and requesting sponsorship

  • Working a shift at one of our tabling events, that occur on weekends at local business (e.g., Shoprite, McCaffreys, Newtown Wine & Spirits) 

This team meets at least once a quarter.  Meetings will often be in-person but will sometimes be virtual.

3) Communication and Public Relations Team

This team’s focus is on maintaining a visible, positive presence for CAS in the community through the use of media, social media and print communications. Team members help keep our supporters and the animal-loving public informed about our activities, our programs, our successes and our upcoming events. Examples of opportunities for you as a team member include:

  • Writing for both print and social media

  • Creating videos

  • Designing posters and promotional materials

  • Assisting with graphic design

4)​ Community Education & Outreach

This team educates our donors, supporters, and the community at large about (1) the work that we do at CAS to help dogs and cats in need, (2) No-Kill philosophy and the “No More Homeless Pets” movement; and (3) other animal welfare issues related to our mission.  Examples of opportunities for you as a team member include:

  • Writing for our newsletter, Finding Sanctuary

  • Public speaking to students, civic organizations, 55+ communities

  • Writing articles for local print and online publications

  • Creating and running workshops for the community

This team meets at least once a quarter.  Meetings will often, although not always, be virtual.

5) ​Animal Help and Adoption Network/Administrative Support Team

This team is the backbone of CAS and what it accomplishes.  Working in the CAS office, team members assist with responding to calls and emails asking our assistance with surrender, adoption, resource referral, and information regarding dogs and cats. They also help out with a variety of office tasks.  Examples of opportunities for you as a team member include:

  • Responding to calls and emails on our Animal Help and Adoption Network

  • Assisting in expanding network resources of dog and cat rescues, shelters, veterinary services, trainers, day care & boarding, and other pet-related services

  • Responding to initial inquiries from potential pet adopters

  • Facilitating the beginning, administrative process for surrenders and adoptions

This team meets on as as-needed basis.

Complete this form to request your volunteer application:

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Richie at Newark Shelter. May 19, 2024.jpg
Tabling at Colonial Farms.jpg
Rosa with Layla.jpg
Saving Trenton Dogs.jpg
Svetlana with adopted dog.jpg
Volunteer Luncheon (2). Jan 21, 2023.jpg
Bruce in a Basket. July 2020 (2).jpg
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