I have been involved in volunteering of one sort or another for the last 20 years and it has been so rewarding and interesting. I’m passionate about volunteering because of the mutual benefit to not only to the organisation that you volunteer for, but also for yourself.

There is no doubt about it, volunteering ‘feels’ great! It is wonderful to know that your contribution makes a difference. It can usually fit around your lifestyle and commitments and whether you only do it once or twice a year or every week it’s always appreciated. 

I have always loved dogs, so when an opportunity arose to work for Jerry Green Dog Rescue I jumped at the chance. To be able to combine my love of dogs with my love of volunteering is really amazing.

Over the last couple of years though there has definitely been a change in the rescue environment. Working in rescue has always been a bit like walking towards an oasis through deep soft sand. But more recently it feels like the sand is becoming deeper and the wind of change is now blowing sand in your eyes as well! 

So, volunteering needs to change as well… enter the age of the ‘super charged’ volunteer. Not only do they now walk dogs, pick up poop and all the other non-glamorous rescue tasks. But now they also educate the general public about what we do and how we do it, along with championing kind force-free, positive reward based modern techniques. They also help at, or run events on our behalf, which brings in absolutely crucial funds to our rescue. With no government or lottery funding we have to raise all the funds ourselves in order to continue this vital work and that particular sand dune is getting higher to climb! With rising costs and dogs requiring greater levels of re-training in order to rehome them, we really do need all the help we can get.

You may be wondering at this point why anyone would want to volunteer to do all that? Rest assured you do not have to do all the aspects of volunteering if you don’t want to, or do not have the time to give. Volunteering at a couple of our big events once or twice a year would be great. If you could do more…even better!

Could you do a bake stall and sell to colleagues and friends and family, run a quiz or do a collection on our behalf? All these relatively small things to raise money really help. You could run a race, jump out of a plane, shave your head? Be as extreme or as safe as you wish, but as long as you raise a bit of cash that would be great!     

Please consider becoming one of our events volunteers, running a stall or helping us with our fun dog shows. We have so many volunteering opportunities available, there is bound to be one to suit you…and if there isn’t we might be able to make one just for you!  However you help, I can guarantee you will have fun in the process. Nothing feels better than feeling good about yourself.

But if you still need persuading you can look at our website which contains loads of information about volunteering:   

Volunteer roles

Or you can email or chat to me, or to one of our lovely volunteers to get a real feel for what is involved.

I hope to hear from you soon!

Gill

Volunteering Coordinator

Telephone: 07392196128

Email: [email protected]