Interested in volunteering your time to help youth and dogs in need? Thank YOU! You've come to the right place! Getting started is easy. Check out the steps below:
- First, you need to be at least 18 years of age.
- Download, fill out, and send in a Volunteer Application. Please indicate all the opportunities you're interested in. A staff member will follow up with you shortly after we receive it.
- Attend a Project POOCH orientation at our Outreach Office in Lake Oswego. Currently, orientations are scheduled on an as-needed basis.
- Start volunteering!
We look forward to hearing from you!
Volunteering at the Kennel
We are thrilled you're interested in volunteering your time to help our program. Because we are located inside a correctional facility, our hands-on opportunities to work with dogs are very limited. The Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) requires volunteers to be at least 21 years of age, complete the OYA volunteer application, attend an orientation, and have a criminal background check. The OYA process can take several weeks.
At the kennel, we do welcome professionals willing to share their expertise as veterinarians, groomers, trainers and presenters. The construction and remodeling of the K-9 building was done by Building Trades students under the direction of their instructor, Fred Mitchell. The youth look forward to speakers and have learned so much from representatives of the Police K-9 unit, Guide Dogs for the Blind, The American Red Cross, S.C.O.R.E., and Dog Search and Rescue, just to name a few of the groups who have visited.
The youth also appreciate receiving instruction on ways they can give back to the program.
If you are interested in sharing your knowledge with the youth, please email Joan.
Volunteering through the Outreach Office
Our biggest need is for volunteers who are interested in helping spread the word about the work we do in the community. This could include staffing an information table/booth at area pet supply stores or fairs, distributing event or dog flyers to area businesses, or participating in the planning of outreach and/or fundraising events. As they say, many hands make light work!
POOCH Ambassador. Great at starting conversations? Enjoy meeting new people? Then this might be the volunteer job for you! POOCH Ambassadors represent Project POOCH in the community at area businesses, farmers markets, festivals, and events. Often, we are invited to have an information table/booth or to participate in an adoption event. POOCH Ambassadors play an important role in increasing the awareness about POOCH, our mission, and our available dogs in the community, often being the first contact for people just learning about us. POOCH Ambassadors are friendly, outgoing, comfortable speaking in public and knowledgeable of the Project POOCH program. You will be responsible for setting up and taking down light-weight displays and coordinating the return of the items to the POOCH Outreach Office. If you've got weekend time to spare, we'd love to hear from you!
Fundraising Committee Member. Enjoy planning events? Have great, creative ideas and need an outlet for them? Then we'd love for you to join our fun group of volunteers who make up our Fundraising Committee. This group meets 5 – 10 times per year to develop and implement our fundraising events – large and small. It's your opportunity to help Project POOCH be successful in raising funds critical to our mission while having an awesome time! Typically, members of the committee are also POOCH Ambassadors as they are the folks who staff the events we plan.
Social Media Promoter. Are you a social media maven? Then we'd love to talk to you. We are looking for a few key folks who are active on Facebook and Twitter whose role it would be to help promote our posts to a broader audience. If you have a lot of active friends on Facebook or followers on Twitter who live in the greater Portland metro area, we'd love to hear from you. Getting the word out about upcoming events, available dogs, and other opportunities to engage with or support Project POOCH is critical to our ability to broaden our reach, increase awareness about our work, and help get more dogs adopted!
Flyer Distributor. This is how we clone ourselves. Since the Portland metro area is so large, we rely on volunteers to help distribute event and available dog flyers. If you are looking for a way to help Project POOCH, but want some flexibility in your schedule, this might be a great opportunity for you! Of course, you'll need your own means of transportation. We would work with you to develop a list of businesses/locations that are convenient for you to post or drop off flyers.
Donation Drive Organizer. Are you active in your community? Know a lot of people who want to help out, but don't know how? Then this might be the job for you. We are looking for folks who are interested in coordinating donation drives in their respective communities. Donations of items on our Wish List really help to keep our costs down and allow us to feed high quality food to our dogs, and provide the equipment and supplies the youth need to care for the dogs in our program. We'll provide you with signage and tax receipts to get you on your way!
Donation Transporter. We partner with area pet supply stores to collect in-kind donations for the supplies we need for the dogs and youth in our program. From time to time, it is helpful to have a few volunteers who are willing to transport these items from the stores to our Outreach Office in Lake Oswego. If you don't mind doing a little driving for dogs, please let us know.
Outreach Office Assistant. Have computer or filing skills? Available during typical work hours? We have administrative work ranging from one time projects like creating a display or helping with a mailing to recurring tasks like filing. This position works in our Outreach Office in Lake Oswego.
We also welcome opportunities to partner with businesses and organizations in our community. Have a creative idea for ways we can work together to raise awareness and/or funds? We're open to hearing them!
Email us at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!