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

Upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions


Thursday, December 18
Wednesday, January 14
Wednesday, February 25

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!

  • 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).
  • 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. 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. 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.
  • 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)
    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