Volunteering at Heartland

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Upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions

Date(s):Wednesday, June 17 
Wednesday, July 15
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

  • Groundskeeper (HIGH NEED)
    The Heartland barn is located on 80+ acres of land. If you love getting dirty, working hard, and improving the property for Heartland kids, farm animals and native wild animals, then becoming a volunteer groundskeeper is for you! A groundskeeper is currently needed to mow and remove small weeds and invasive plants. This volunteer position offers great flexibility and can fit into anyone’s schedule! Please email Alecia at Alecia.Torres@HeartlandFarmSanctuary.org if you’re interested.
  • Videographers Needed
    Please help us showcase Heartland’s good work by producing a Heartland program video.  This summer, we need help to create 3 minute video features on our shelter, animal-assisted therapy, and humane education programs – videographers are needed to help film at the farm, edit, and create a finished video. If you can help with one of these videos –or all three!—please email Info@HeartlandFarmSanctuary.org
  • Camp Heartland Counselors
    Does spending your summer outside with adorable kids and animals sound like heaven? It is! Heartland Farm Sanctuary provides a beautiful space for kids to come together to learn about the many ways they can make the world a better place. Camp Heartland is looking for committed people to be volunteer counselors this summer. Week-long sessions run June 8th through August 14th.  For more information, contact our Programs Director, Stephanie Weis, at Stephanie.Weis@HeartlandFarmSanctuary.org
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Grant writers will assist Heartland’s management in identifying grant opportunities and writing grant proposals to foundations and other grant-making organizations. 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.
  • 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
    Help bring people to Heartland by joining our Special Events Planning Team.  In 2015, we’ll be holding many new events at the farm so we need many helping hands!  Team activities include contacting businesses for donated products/services, assisting with the day of event (set up, staffing tables, etc.) and event promotion.
  • 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.
  • Walk for Farm Animals – October 4, 2015
    Join the Heartland Walk for Farm Animals Madison walkathon or organize one in your community. It’s easy, fun, and a great way to raise hundreds of dollars to provide shelter, feed, and veterinary care for rescued farm animals.

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

Did you know? 

The Dane County TimeBank is a community of people who help each other by sharing their abilities, talents and experiences.  When you provide a service for another TimeBankmember you earn one TimeBank Hour for each hour of help given. You can then exchange each TimeBank Hour you earn for an hour of service from anyone else in the network. The possibilities are endless, but exchanges include such things as pet care, gardening, transportation, computer help, tutoring, music and art lessons, and so much more!  We each have talents and skills that someone else values. By sharing them, we can create community one hour at a time.

Since Heartland Farm Sanctuary is a member of the Dane County TimeBank, any of our volunteers who join the TimeBank can now earn hours for helping us out! Learn more about the Dane County TimeBank by visiting www.danecountytimebank.org.  If you are interested in signing up to receive the benefits of Timebank, please contact TimeBank at join@danecountytimebank.org