Date of Event/Activity: Sept. 16-Oct. 20, 2019 (6 weeks; 7 days/week)
Name of Event/Activity: Palm Beach County Cares-Bahamas Relief Campaign
Location: 1975 Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33404 (old Albertsons/HH Gregg Store location)
Hours: Mon., Tues., Thu., Fri., 10am-6pm & Sat., Sun., 12-6pm
Details of Volunteer Activity: Warehouse Operations: unloading, palletizing, wrapping and loading relief supplies.
Website: Palm Beach County Cares (palmbeachcountycares.com)
Contact Info to Register/Sign Up:
Date of Event/Activity: No set date, hours vary and are flexible but should add up to at least 8 hours each month for a minimum period of 6 months.
Name of Event/Activity: There are quite a few options, but some examples are Foster/Rescue Aide; Kitty Cuddler; Enrichment Assistant and Shelter Greeter/Host.
Location: PBCACC shelter, located at 7100 Belvedere Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33411
Details of Volunteer Activity:
Our minimum age for volunteering at the shelter is 16, but there are also take-home projects (fostering an animal, for example, or doing projects that involve making enrichment items/toys for the animals) that younger kids can earn credit for.
Most of the volunteer roles available in the shelter for kids under 18 are not direct animal handling positions, but they are nonetheless very important in supporting all of our programs. For example, a 16 year old could take on a role like “Foster/Rescue Aide,” where they would work closely with our Foster/Rescue Coordinator to assist her with all the administrative aspects of the Foster and Rescue programs (including helping prepare kitten foster care kits, etc.). They could also take on the role of Greeter/Host, which involves hanging out in the front lobby and welcoming visitors to the shelter, answering basic questions, and directing people to wherever they are trying to go.
There *is* actually one direct animal handling position open to those under 18, but only with cats. Our “Kitty Cuddler” position is open to those 16 and up, and it involves interacting with and socializing cats that are in the shelter’s adoption program waiting for homes. We also are very much in need of in-shelter Enrichment Assistants, who work with our Behavior/Enrichment staff on things like preparing and distributing frozen peanut-butter-stuffed Kong toys to the dogs, etc.
All of these (with the exception of the take-home projects) are ongoing volunteer positions that do require a minimum six-month long commitment (8 hours per month). So students would need to be prepared for that commitment. But as long as they are, we would be very grateful to have them join us!
Contact Info. to Register/Sign Up: Tammy Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org