Thank you for thinking of Dane County Humane Society for your group volunteer project!
We love to have organizations and groups of friends or co-workers help us with service projects when we have them available. Here are some things to know:
You won't have direct contact with the animals. For safety reasons, and to ensure that their daily needs are met, only trained volunteers with scheduled shifts work directly with the animals at DCHS. We have close to 200 Canine Companions, more than 100 Feline Friends and about 50 Critter Cuddlers who help us in this way. But rest assured that your work will help our companion critters as they await their forever homes and/or our wild animals receiving rehabilitation. There are many ways to help!
Most of our group projects are done outdoors. This means that during the winter months, we have very few opportunities available. We DO sometimes have indoor projects come up (such as preparing large mailings, cleaning out a storage area or working at one of our events), so feel free to contact us. Just know that we may not have something for your group to do right away.
There are LOTS of things you can do to help that don't involve coming to the shelter! Get your group together for a project on your own and deliver the results of your efforts to us after you are done having fun! Volunteer at an event in the community, and earn money for Dane County Humane Society Please read on...
1. Hold Donation Drives (no group application required)
2. Community Volunteer Opportunities (no group application required)
We need your help. Each year events like Brat Fest, IronMan, spring and fall Madison Marathons and Taste of Madison need volunteer help. The event holder will compensate DCHS for your time if you volunteer at their event and identify Dane County Humane Society as the charity you are sponsoring. You can also help at UW Football and Men's Basketball games; they will pay our volunteers to sell concessions. Anyone can do this; sign up is easy and it’s a fun way to help the critters waiting to find their forever homes at Dane County Humane Society. You do not need to be a DCHS volunteer.You can help individually, or have your friends, family or co-workers join you.
Events for 2015
- May 23-25, Bratfest
- May 23-24, Madison Marathon - Spring
- September 5-6, Taste of Madison
- September 13, Ironman
- November 8, Madison Marathon - Fall
Volunteer at Brat Fest and help the critters of Dane County Humane Society
Dane County Humane Society will receive $8.00 for each hour you volunteer at Brat Fest, which takes place on Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center from May 22-25th. Each year, Brat Fest depends on nearly 5,000 volunteers from supporting organizations like DCHS. They grill… they cashier… they count attendees… they drive shuttles… they stock condiments… they make sure the event grounds are clean – you get it – they pretty much do it all! If you were thinking of attending Brat Fest this year - consider working a shift to help DCHS.
Anyone can do this, and it’s a fun way to help the critters waiting to find their forever homes at Dane County Humane Society. You do not need to be a DCHS volunteer. You can even have family members, friends, co-workers join you in the fun at Brat Fest! You must be at least 14 years old to volunteer alone at Brat Fest. If you are volunteering with an adult, you can be younger than 14. All volunteers who help at Brat Fest receive a Brat Fest t-shirt to wear when you show up for your shift. At the end of your shift, you receive a voucher for a FREE brat, hot dog, or soda and a FREE ice cream. For all of you vegetarians there will be a non-meat alternative available to slather with condiments and relishes too! Before or after your shift, plan on staying and enjoying the music, fireworks and planned activities.
HOW DO YOU SIGN UP?
Sign up is ‘first come first serve’, so don’t delay. Your first step is to go to the website www.volunteer.bratfest.com and create a profile. In your profile, you MUST identify ‘Dane County Humane Society’ as the group that benefits from your service time at Brat Fest - or DCHS does not receive the donation. Every family member or group member must sign up separately.
Signing up is easy! If you have problems or questions, please email me and I will lend assistance. Thank you for your support of Dane County Humane Society.
Dane County Humane Society
3. Independent Group Projects (no group application required)
Build weatherproof benches for resting with dogs. We can never have too many of these!
NEW!! Knit or crochet nests for our baby birds. The orphaned nestlings at our Four Lakes Wildlife Center will be warm and feel much more at home in cozy nests you make just for them. We have LOTS of baby birds each year, so knit away - we'll put these to good use!
- Make cat beds. Our homeless cats can fill the love you put into making a soft, cozy beds for them. We give these out when the cats are adopted, so we always need more. Please use the following link for a tried-and-true bed our kitties adore. If you have other ideas, please check with us first to see if we can use them here at the shelter (due to space restrictions, washability, etc.).
No Sew Cat Bed - Click here for instructions
- NEW!! Build squirrel boxes. After our squirrel orphans are weaned, we need to teach them to survive outdoors. We hang these special boxes in trees in their enclosures. They get used to sleeping in the boxes and using them for shelter and protection, Then when we release each squirrel, we hang its box up in a tree at the release site so they can continue to use it as a safe place until they decide they want to venture out on their own. Help us by putting your woodworking skills to use building these important boxes. We can use as many as you can build!
Create your own donation drive. Use our wish list: https://www.giveshelter.org/wish-list.html
- Recycle aluminum cans. Collect soda or pop tabs and donate them to DCHS.
- Have a coin drive, with benefits going to DCHS.
Have a sale - bake sale, garage sale, craft sale, you name it! - and donate the proceeds to DCHS.
Download a Group Volunteer Application 245.93 Kb - it's now a writeable PDF!