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.’ Click Here to view the “Volunteer of the Month” archives.

Upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions

Date(s):Wednesday, September 17
Wednesday, October 15
Wednesday, November 19
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!

  • Barn Chores & Animal Care (OUR MOST CRITICAL NEED!) 
    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.
  • 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
    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.
  • Messaging Kindness (HIGH NEED)
    We are in urgent need of graphic designers to help us produce newsletters, appeals, brochures, posters, and other materials to promote Heartland’s good work. To donate your designing talents, please contact Lorri at 608.622.9212 or email: Lorri.Houston@heartlandfarmsanctuary.org.
  • 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