Volunteer Opportunities 2020 (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

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. Among the opportunities are:

(1) Working on the Animal Help and Adoption Network Hotline

(2) Assisting in expanding resources of area rescues, veterinary services, trainers, day care & boarding, and other pet-related services

(3) Assisting with office work

(4) Assisting in our surrender/adoption program

Age Requirement: 16

Minimum Time Commitment: Level 1

Adoptions and Fosters Committee

This committee combines both our Community Surrender and Adoption Program, which adopts local dogs and cats, and North to Home, our dog adoption program that saves dogs coming from Mary Ann Morris Animal Shelter (MAMAS) in South Carolina.

 

Task for Community Surrender and Adoption include: screening potential dog and cat surrenders; obtaining surrender agreements; insuring the dog or cat has the requisite veterinary care (if needed); housing surrendered dogs and cats in foster placement or doggy day care;  posting bios of adoptable pets on adoption websites, our website, and to our supporters; screening adoption applications, including vet checks and home visits; selecting the potential adoptive family or families; arranging meet-and-greets; finalizing adoptions; and following up on completed adoptions  

 

Tasks for North to Home include: identifying dogs to “pull” from the shelter; identifying foster families for the dogs; transporting the dogs on the final “leg”  from Newark, DE to PA; meeting and processing fosters when transport arrives; posting bios of adoptable dogs on adoption websites, our website, and to our supporters; screening adoption applications, including vet checks and home visits; selecting the potential adoptive family or families; arranging meet-and-greets for the dogs; finalizing adoptions; and following up on completed adoptions  

 

Both programs require identifying a limited number of foster placements in Bucks and Mercer counties, and managing the foster network.

 

This program operates both virtually and on-site.  When on site, a strict COVID-19 protocol is in effect to keep all volunteers, staff, fosters and adopters safe.

 

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

Minimum Time Commitment: Level 2

Fundraising Committee

This committee plans, organizes, and works at our fundraising events and activities.  Current fundraisers include our Pet Photo Calendar Contest; our Appetite for Saving Animals program with local restaurants; and (this fall) promotion of our wine label for Boris & Natasha's Fund (for veterinary care).

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

Minimum Time Commitment: Level 2

Business Partnership/Donor Relations Committee (on hiatus due to COVID-19)

This committee focuses on building relationships with area businesses and individuals interested in supporting The Crossings Animal Society.  Opportunities here include:

(1) Business Outreach, our program that focuses on storefront businesses

(2) Visiting and building relationships with larger local companies and restaurants

(3) Obtaining advertising and sponsorship; building our Advisory Council

(4) Maintaining positive relationships with our donors. 

 

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

Communications Committee 

This committee maintains a visible and positive reputation for CAS in the community through the use of social media and print communications such as newsletters. Volunteers are responsible for keeping our supporters and the animal-loving public informed about our activities; promoting our programs; and educating about issues pertinent to animal welfare and no-kill philosophy.

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.

 

Most of the work done by this committee is virtual. Committee meetings are held at least once a month. When at the CAS office (or our outdoor meeting area), there is strict adherence to COVID-19 guidelines to keep everyone safe.

Age Requirement: 16

Minimum Time Commitment: Level 1

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

Volunteers on this committee educate the community, through speaking engagements and other programs, about (1) the work that we do at CAS to help dogs and cat in need, and about (2) animal welfare issues, particularly No-Kill philosophy and the “No More Homeless Pets” movement. 

Age Requirement: 18 

Minimum Time Commitment: Level 2

Curbside Kibble Express

This program is a response to the financial difficulties many families with pets are

facing due to the impact of COVID-19.  It is a community approach to ensuring that families in need can feed their pets.  Families sign up who would like to donate the monthly cost of pet food for a recipient family. Families in need of assistance, in which one or more of the adults have been laid off or lost their job, sign up as well.  

 

Once a month, donor families donate to CAS the cost of that month’s worth of pet food for the recipient family.  The recipient family then picks up their food curbside, free of charge, at one of our participating local pet food stores.

 

This program currently needs volunteers to promote the program throughout Bucks County and Mercer County.  As the program grows, we will also need volunteers to assist the coordinator in managing the program—welcome new families, pricing food, arranging for the donation, arranging for food pickup, and tracking the program information.

​Age Requirement: 16                         

Minimum Time Commitment: Level 1

Complete the form to request your volunteer application: