Written by Justin V. & Nicole D.
National Volunteer Week is almost upon us (April 12-18, 2015)! What better time to recognize and celebrate our amazing team of volunteers while encouraging others to initiate positive change in their communities?
National Volunteer Week, a program sponsored by Points of Light, was established in 1974. Each year the program has grown and inspired people nationwide to simultaneously seek out opportunities to serve, or imagine and create new projects benefiting countless vital social causes. At Found Animals, we work alongside the animal well-being community to achieve one goal: find the big ideas that advance the safety of animals in our homes, our shelters, and everywhere in between. And guess who works with us every step of the way? The best group of volunteers on the planet! And even though it is almost impossible to describe just how appreciative we are of our volunteers, let’s talk about how much they truly mean to our range of programs.
In 2014, our volunteers contributed 38,607 hours to programs including Adopt & Shop (Culver City & Lakewood), Kitten Foster Program, Spay4LA and Found Animals headquarters office support (Marketing/Social Media, Accounting/Finances, Events/Outreach, Found Animals Registry, Michelson Prize & Grants). Over 350 active volunteers and close to 150 on-call volunteers helped Found Animals adopt out over 1,300 animals while additionally servicing hundreds of thousands of pets between all foundation initiatives. Whether it is the outstanding day-to-day care for all our animals or working tirelessly to help us develop solutions to animal welfare challenges, volunteers are the heart of Found Animals Foundation.
We are so incredibly grateful for our Found Animals Volunteer Team - our pets thank you! We are always working to find new opportunities for our team as their skills develop, and interests grow. And while we have an ever-increasing number of people signing up, we always welcome new volunteers!
So take action this year and consider giving time to an organization that excites you. If you are interested in volunteering with Found Animals in any of our diverse programs, please visit our Volunteer page for more information. We hope to meet you soon!