Volunteer Opportunities 2021
Time Commitment for Volunteers
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)
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, who is considered the primary volunteer.
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
Adoptions and Fosters Committee
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;
North to Home, a program that brings homeless dogs from the South and adopts them to forever families in the area
Surrenders, in which we find new forever homes for families that are giving up their dog or cat
Volunteer tasks on this committee include transporting pets for adoption, vetting adoption applications, doing home checks, facilitating meet-and-greets, attending adoptions events, and fostering.
Volunteers on this committee may also serve as Ambassadors for dogs and cats we have adopted, checking in with adoptive or foster families at regular intervals
Our Foster program is limited to active volunteers who serve on the Adoptions and Fosters committee. The volunteer and her or his family provides a caring home for 2 weeks to 2 months for a dog or cat awaiting adoption into a forever home.
This committee is responsible for planning, organizing and implementing our year-round fundraising efforts, (e.g., Business Outreach, Appetite for Saving Animals, tabling), and for supervising small fundraisers held by organizations other than CAS.
This committee is well-suited to volunteers who are interested in organizing and enjoy interacting with the public and with local businesses.
Communications and Public Relations Committee
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 is also responsible for creating and publishing our newsletter, Finding Sanctuary, four times a year.
Volunteers well-suited to this committee well-suited are creative; like and are skilled at writing; and/or are adept in using social media. It is also appropriate for students pursuing a communications or journalism degree.
Ad Hoc Committees
These are temporary committees, formed for a particular event or to accomplish a time-limited goal. Examples of ad hoc committees include those responsible for planning, organizing and implementing major fundraisers, such as our annual pet calendar contest or Paws on the Path, and the committee that creates our annual strategic plan.
Active volunteers are regularly asked to serve on an ad hoc committee. Members of our Advisory Council may also participate.
Animal Help and Adoption Network
This is not a committee per se, but a daily activity occurring in the CAS office, in which we respond to calls and emails asking our assistance with surrender, adoption, resource referral, and information regarding dogs and cats.
Volunteers who would like to participate in the Animal Help and Adoption Network spend anywhere from a few hours to several days a month in the CAS office. They may answer calls on our Animal Help and Adoption Network Hotline; work on expanding our network resources of area rescues, veterinary services, trainers, day care & boarding, and other pet-related service; assist with other office work; and facilitate beginning arrangements for surrenders and adoption.