Volunteer Section 1

Section 1

Welcome to the
True Friends Volunteer Program

True Friends Animal Welfare Center

Mission Statement:

“Our committed purpose is to bring together a united community to protect the lives of our homeless animals and educate proper ownership. It is our pursuit to place as many of our animal friends as possible into the compassionate homes they undeniably deserve.”


True Friends Animal Welfare Center

Volunteer Handbook
TFAWC Volunteer Requirements Overview

1.       Welcome Message
2.       Handbook Explanation
3.       Requirement Overview
4.       Questions to Ask Yourself Before Volunteering

Welcome Message

Thank you for giving your time as a volunteer to help change the life of an animal in need. True Friends Animal Welfare Center (TFAWC) is a non-profit organization. TFAWC recognizes the value of our volunteers’ time, and the importance for you to be happy and fulfilled in the volunteer work that you perform.

This handbook has been produced to educate you about our organization and prepare you for our volunteer activities. This handbook will share with you a little of our history, philosophy, practices, and policies.

Explanation of Handbook

We hope that this handbook will give you a look into TFAWC and what we have to offer you, the volunteer.

In our person-to-person meeting and/or phone interview, we can better get to know each other and express our views, which will aid in creating a harmonious relationship as well as the best possible volunteer fit for you.

The goal of this handbook is to allow you to feel comfortable with our organization. We depend on you – your success is our success. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions. Your volunteer coordinator will gladly answer them. Once you start, we truly believe that you will enjoy your volunteer work as well as meeting your fellow volunteers with whom you share similar interests. We also believe you will find TFAWC to be a fulfilling place to volunteer. We ask that you read this Handbook carefully, and refer to it whenever questions arise.

As always, if you enjoy your experience with us, please refer others to our volunteer program. Through growth, we can make even greater successes in animal welfare and education.

TFAWC Volunteer Requirements

Volunteers to walk dogs must be at least 18 years of age. Those under the age of 18, please click here to see how you can help.

Understand and accept the True Friends Animal Welfare Center’s philosophies regarding open admissions and that we are a NO-Kill center.

Have regular access to either the Internet, an email account or phone number so that you can be easily reached when needed.

Communicate professionally, as human interaction is a requirement of ALL volunteer roles. Take and follow direction from the True Friends Animal Welfare’s Manager, Volunteer Coordinator, and/or the Board of Directors.

Understand and fulfill all responsibilities of your role independently. Read and comprehend detailed policy and protocol information.

Remember and follow shelter rules with a positive attitude and emotionally manage a workplace that can be stressful.

Commit to three months of service with a recurring schedule if working on-site. When fostering, 24/7 service as needed.

Top 10 Questions to Ask Before You Volunteer

A good way to make sure you’re prepared to take on a volunteer position is determining whether you’ve evaluated the logistics behind volunteer work. Not everyone will be able to volunteer, no matter how much they want to, and sometimes the reason why will be out of your control. You may not have the time that a volunteer gig requires, or you may not be able to afford an unpaid position while you’re considering a paid job at the same time. We’ve come up with a list of questions you should ask yourself before starting your volunteering with TFAWC. The questions below will also help you figure out the kind of volunteer work that will fit your particular situation, because no single volunteer experience will fit all.

1.       What are my interests?

Whether you’re interested in a volunteer position that will fit with your intended field of study, or you want to focus your volunteer efforts on a particular cause like TFAWC, you’ll need to consider what your interests are to narrow down your options. Take some time to figure out what is motivating you to volunteer in the first place.

2.       What are my skills?

Certain volunteer positions will ask applicants to possess unique skill sets. If you have skills that may be valuable to TFAWC, consider that when applying for volunteer work. You may be gifted in writing, for example. You could then be a great resource for advertisement writing and/or marketing. Think about what makes you unique when looking for volunteer opportunities.

3.       What do I most want to learn from the experience?

A volunteer job can be a good place to get your feet wet in your intended field of study or to learn something new. Think about the kinds of things you want to learn from your time volunteering, because you may not only end up learning about yourself, but learning useful skills for the future as well.

4.       What will I gain from volunteer work?

Although we’d all like to assume people volunteer for selfless reasons, it’s not a bad idea to think about what you’ll gain from this particular volunteer position over another. Think about what you want to get from your volunteer experience, as everyone’s end goals differ when it comes to unpaid service.

5.       Will my volunteering affect my other commitments?

If you’re already stretched thin and are worried about whether a volunteer position will make it hard for you to keep up with other commitments, you may need to reconsider the timing of your volunteer search. You can’t do everything, so figure out what’s most important to you and stick to those commitments.

6.       How flexible am I?

Once you’ve determined that you’re able to take on a volunteer position, you may want to consider when and how much time you want to devote to one single cause.

7.       How much time do I have?

It’s always better to wait until you know you have the time for some community service. That way, you won’t risk leaving the person or organization you’d be working with in the lurch and in need of a last-minute replacement for you if you choose to leave your position mid-assignment. It’s also important to consider how many hours per day, per week, or per month you have to dedicate to a volunteer job. Be realistic.

8.       Do I want an ongoing assignment, a short-term assignment, or a one-time assignment?

Depending on what TFAWC needs, you may have the option of choosing how long you’d like your volunteer work to last. Other assignments may not be so flexible, and require that volunteers stick with that assignment for a specific period of time. Make sure you know what’s expected of you before applying to a volunteer position. Please let TFAWC know what your needs are so, when possible, we can tailor your assignments and schedule.

9.       Do I want to work alone, with another individual or with a group?

Many of TFAWC’s volunteer programs are geared toward team volunteer activities, such as events that are more involved in community outreach. If you prefer a position with more independence, however, you may want to find that dog walking or cat cuddling is just what you need to feel involved.

10.     Are there any associated expenses, and if so, will I be reimbursed?

Volunteer positions are by definition unpaid. There are some positions, however, that will require you to pay for some costs out-of-pocket (transportation expenses, for example). You will not get reimbursed for expenses associated with your volunteer job. However, keep tabs on what you spend, as you’ll be eligible for tax breaks come tax season.

True Friends Animal Welfare Center
“Giving Animals a Safe Refuge & Hope for a Second Chance.”