Volunteering at Heartland

There’s nothing quite like volunteering at Heartland Farm Sanctuary!  Our staff and volunteers are some of the happiest folks around.  What could be better than getting a kiss from a goat or giving a pig a belly rub?

Photo by Cheryl Breuer

“I started ‘working for the animals’ one year ago at Heartland Farm Sanctuary. This has been the best year of my life because of it! Not only have I made about 50 awesome animal friends and learned how to do things I never imagined doing, I have also met the most inspirational and amazing people who are working to change both the lives of forgotten animals AND disadvantaged youth in our community.”
– Alecia Torres, Volunteer

Volunteer of the Month

Each month, we interview one of our dedicated, hard-working volunteers and feature him/her as the ‘Volunteer of the Month.’ Scroll down to view the “Volunteer of the Month” archives.

Upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions


Thursday, December 18
Wednesday, January 14

Time:7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location:Verona Public Library – Map & Directions
RSVP:Please send an email to Jamie Monroe at jamie.monroe@heartlandfarmsanctuary.org, or RSVP to this event on Heartland’s Facebook Page
Forms:Online Volunteer Application
Printable Volunteer Application (PDF)
Waiver and Liability Form (PDF)(Printed copies of the forms will be available at the meeting)

Volunteer Opportunities
Choose from a variety of volunteer opportunities that best suits your interests, skills, and schedule. Whether you looking to volunteer on a weekly basis or at a one-time event, we will find the perfect job for you!

  • FEATURED OPPORTUNITY: Construction/Repair Work
    We have opportunities to either help with one-time projects such as building chicken coops or other animal shelters or you join our Sunday maintenance shift from 11:30am -2:00pm doing predator-proofing, repairs, barn cleaning, maintenance and more.
  • Barn Chores & Animal Care
    Barn chores are done twice a day, 365 days a year. Tasks include feeding and watering animals, cleaning pens, sweeping floors, doing dishes, preparing produce for 60+ animals, helping move the animals outside (for AM) and inside (for PM), and socializing/grooming/interacting with the animals. The morning shift meets at the barn from 9:00am to 12:00pm, and the evening shift meets at 4:00/4:30pm to 7:00pm (some PM shifts will start earlier in the winter). Please note, working with the animals is certainly rewarding, but barn chores may be physically demanding. This volunteer opportunity requires a minimum commitment of one shift per week for a minimum of six months.
  • Fundraising
    Grab a bunch of friends and plan your own fundraising event (birthday donations, walk for the animals, bake sale, party, you get the idea).
  • Grant Writers
    Heartland needs experienced grant writers for part time volunteer help. This person will assist Heartland’s management in identifying grant opportunities and writing grant proposals to foundations and other grant-making organizations. In this volunteer position, individuals are requested to demonstrate a track record of successful grants written, preferably in the areas of animal welfare and rescue, humane education, animal assisted therapy/activities, programming for youth with special needs or a history of trauma or being at risk, or capital grants. Grant writing volunteers are requested to have their own laptop and phone. In return for the volunteer hours, the benefits to grant writing volunteers will include a job reference letter from the Executive Director and founder of Heartland Farm Sanctuary, experience gained while volunteering on various projects, networking opportunities, and consideration for possible future employment at Heartland. Most importantly, you will be helping us fulfill our mission of helping vulnerable animals and people through the human-animal bond! We ask for a minimum commitment of 3 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months. If you have more time to give, we will gladly accept it!
  • Humane Education
    This involves helping with our Farm on Wheels and Barn Tours programs, both of which work directly with schools, nursing homes and the community to provide education and awareness of the problems that farm animals face. Note: You must be a regular animal care volunteer to qualify for this position.
  • Office Work
    We are currently seeking help in our west side office with various projects. Ideally, these volunteers will commit to at least one day per week for at least 2 to 3 hours anytime between 8am and 8pm, Monday through Friday. Projects will include data entry, preparing mailings, filing, internet based research and various other tasks and projects as they arise. This volunteer position requires that you bring your own laptop.
  • Running Errands
    If only we could be in two places at once! There are times when we need your help to run a few errands, such as picking up donated items from event sponsors or delivering feed or produce for the animals.
  • Special Events Planning (HIGH NEED)
    We need lots of hands and hearts to help plan our many special events. Opportunities include: reaching out to area businesses and individuals for donated auction items; set up and take down of tables, chairs, decorations, etc.; assist with activities during the event or joining our Barn Dance and/or Gala planning committee.
  • Therapeutic Animal Assisted Activities
    This includes our visits to nursing homes, programming for youth with special needs, at-risk youth and families, and other vulnerable youth and adults. This work is done both at our barn and in the community. Note: You must be a regular animal care volunteer to qualify for this position.
  • Join our Gala Planning committee (HIGH NEED)
    We’re gearing up for Heartland’s most important fundraising event of the year — the Heartland Gala! To put on our big event we need a big team of dedicated volunteers to serve on the Gala Planning Committee. Committee members will need to be able to meet monthly and commit 3 hours a week or more for a specific planning committee need. The first committee meeting starts in October. For more information, please contact Lorri at 608.622.9212 or email: Lorri.Houston@heartlandfarmsanctuary.org

To learn more, email Jamie at jamie.monroe@heartlandfarmsanctuary.org


Kay Kriewald-goodeggsKay Kriewald – July 2014

Kay is one of our most cherished volunteers, working on animal care and maintenance shifts as well as directing Farm on Wheels presentations and other engagements. Kay has a gift with working with people and animals, and a warm and positive attitude that everyone at Heartland loves and appreciates! Learn More!

Johnsons-smRebecca Johnson & kids – June 2014

Rebecca has been an invaluable volunteer, especially with laundry duty!  Rebecca took on the never-ending task of laundering the mini-pig blankets over the long winter.  Her kids have also been regular volunteers with Heartland. Learn More!

garrett-good-eggsGarrett O’BrienMay 2014

Leah volunteers in the office and really enjoys getting to do “behind-the-scenes” work. “It feels good to know that I’m playing a small part of an important mission,” says Leah. Learn More!

Leah J-good-eggsLeah JorgensenApril 2014

Leah volunteers in the office and really enjoys getting to do “behind-the-scenes” work. “It feels good to know that I’m playing a small part of an important mission,” says Leah. Learn More!

Cindy Strom - march 2014Cindy StromMarch 2014

Cindy has had so many memorable moments since she began volunteering at Heartland last summer. One of the most rewarding experiences for her was getting involved with pig training. Learn More!

J.R. Flynn Feb2014-volunteer-month-homepageJ.R. FlynnFebruary 2014

J.R. has been volunteering at Heartland since 2010. His favorite part is the silent connection when an animal looks you in the eye and you realize the mutual dependence. Learn More!

Lisa-Hau-Jan2014-volunteer-month-homepageLisa HauJanuary 2014

Lisa began volunteering at Heartland in March 2013 and loves being part of an organization that works very hard to care for animals that wouldn’t have a chance otherwise. Learn More!

Karen-Irwin-Dec2013-volunteer-month-homepageKaren IrwinDecember 2013

Karen began volunteering at Heartland in the spring of 2012. As a retired educator, she wanted to volunteer outside the classroom and found Heartland to be a great fit for an outdoorsy former horse owner and animal lover. She enjoys making a difference in the animals’ lives and also working with new friends! Learn More!

bob-walkerBob WalkerOctober 2013

Bob began volunteering in January of this 2013 and currently volunteers at the barn on Sunday mornings. He says his favorite moment at Heartland so far as been having our goose (Mister) “fall for him.” Learn More!

lindsay-lemmerLindsay LemmerSeptember 2013

Lindsay Lemmer has been looking after our public relations, communications outreach and fundraiser marketing since January of last year. You may have seen her on TV, as she is also our spokesperson for radio and TV interviews, including a monthly appearance on WKOW Wake Up Wisconsin Weekend! Lindsay also writes our weekly e-news and helps with our social media. Learn More!

jennifer-bunnerJennifer BunnerAugust 2013

Jennifer is one of our volunteers with a specialty! She is our resident bird expert with a wealth of knowledge about the breeds and needs of ducks and chickens. Jen has temporarily taken into her home our bird residents Sonny, Sansa, and Rosie, to help them recover from various ailments. Learn More!

rene-waltersRene WaltersJuly 2013

Our first Volunteer of the Month is Rene Walters, whose dedication, commitment and extraordinary work has made a tremendous difference for Heartland’s residents! You can unfailingly find him at Heartland’s barn every Saturday morning. He always has an infectious smile and an uplifting attitude for everyone around him. Learn More!