ARF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
ARF's Youth and Teen volunteer program helps our young volunteers learn that the gift of their time can truly change the world around them. As an all volunteer organization, we rely on volunteers of all ages because we truly believe that every individual can significantly improve the lives of our animals. Pets and kids go together hand in hand to make up families everywhere, so we view our young volunteers as crucial to helping our rescue animals find their new families!
Everyone under 18 is welcome to join our volunteer program but youths under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. All youth volunteers must have their parent/guardian complete a volunteer application. Both the parents and volunteer coordinator will work together to identify the volunteer activities best suited for each youth or teen volunteer; there's something for everyone! Both the parent and youth/teen volunteer must also sign a Code of Conduct agreement specifying behavior expectations while volunteering at ARF.
All volunteers and their parents are required to attend a brief orientation at the ARFanage before beginning any volunteer activities to familiarize themselves with ARF and its goals and mission.
All volunteers are also required to purchase a $10 ARF blue t-shirt that will be worn during many volunteer activities, particularly when interacting with the public.
Benefits of Volunteering:
- Personal satisfaction of knowing you gave your time and helped animals in need
- Get an insider's view of how a rescue and shelter operate.
- Meet animal professionals in our area such as vets, vet techs, groomers and trainers and learn more about their careers.
- Learn leadership skills by developing fundraisers or humane animal education programs for your school
- Make new friends who share a common interest in animals.
- Be eligible for scholarships and awards for students who work with animals.
- Receive letters of recommendation from ARF coordinators when applying for colleges and scholarships.
- Earn community service hours required by many schools for graduation.
Code of Conduct:
All ARF Youth and Teen Volunteers have the priviledge of sharing their love of animals. Youth and Teen volunteers have the right to help brainstorm new ideas, ask questions and be included as part of our important volunteer team alongside adult volunteers, in a safe and comfortable environment. The following Code of Conduct ensures the success of our Youth and Teens as part of the ARF team.
- Working with animals is a hands on job. Please wear shorts or pants and a comfortable t-shirt that you don't mind getting a little dirty at times.
- No innappropriate messages/graphics on t-shirts or low cut or crop top shirts.
- A blue ARF volunteer shirt will be required at may volunteer events.
- Sturdy closed toe shoes.
- Due to safety concerns, any volunteer who is not in appropropriate attire will not be allowed to handle animals.
- Friendly, respectable and helpful language is always welcome.
- Rude, disrespectful or profane language or gestures are not allowed.
-No smoking, drugs or alcohol are allowed at any events or during any ARF sanctioned meetings or gatherings.
- Conversations about use/abuse of these items are inappropriate.
- Be self-controlled and non-distruptive during meetings and events.
- Polite, respectful behavior towards others and their property is expected from all ARF youth and teen volunteers.
- Treat all shelter animals with respect and compassion.
- Do not bring iPods or other portable music devices to events, kennel shifts or meetings. Being able to hear what is going on around you is an important safety matter.
- Turn cell phones to vibrate while you are participating in events. Please restrict personal phone calls and text messaging while volunteering as well.
Youth volunteering for community service hours are required to track their hours and provide any documentation that needs to be signed to the volunteer coordinator upon completion of their volunteer service.
Youth volunteers may participate in volunteer opportunities such as adoption days, outdoor events, fundraising, grooming, dog walking, and humane education. Parents will determine these areas on their child’s application form. Also, check out our new ARFan story time program to promote reading skills and socialization with our cats. This program is especially suited for our younger volunteers but is open to ALL ages! Please click the button to fill out a volunteer application, including the special section for Youth and Teen volunteers. We can't wait to see you at the ARFanage!
A youth volunteer poses with a puppy her family is taking home to foster.