Volunteering at Heartland

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Upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions

Date(s): Wednesday, June 29th (Study Room 3)
Wednesday, July 27th (Study Room 3)
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Verona Public Library – Map & Directions
RSVP: Please send an email to Tracy Henderson at HeartlandFarmTracy@gmail.com, 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

Heartland Farm Sanctuary is currently recruiting volunteers 16 and older who support our mission, to provide care for farm animals in need, nurture people through the human-animal bond, and foster respect and kindness toward animals and each other, to participate in our volunteer program. Volunteers aged 10 – 15 can volunteer with a parent or guardian present.  See below for our current opportunities.
  • Heartland Ambassador Program  Ambassadors will help friend- and fund-raise through activities at the barn, in the community, and through communications with area businesses and individuals.  You can select among many activities that meet your interests and availability, for example, leading or assisting with barn tours and field trips, tabling at community events, and working directly with businesses and individuals interested in supporting Heartland.  Ambassadors will be trained, coached and scheduled by our team of Ambassador Volunteer Coordinators (our AVCs).   And you get a cool Heartland Ambassador t-shirt! Email Dana.Barre@HeartlandFarmSanctuary.org if you’re interested in learning more.
  • Groundskeeping Help Needed! If you love working outdoors and have groundskeeping experience, we could use your help. If you are available for this type of outdoor work, please email Alecia at Alecia.Torres@HeartlandFarmSanctuary.org with your availability and contact information.
  • Assistant Camp Counselor (HIGH NEED!) If you like spending time outside (and in a barn) with friendly farm animals and happy campers (literally), volunteering as an assistant counselor at our summer camp may be just the thing for you! You will help kids with animal care and barn chores, crafts, games (both outdoors and in) and many more fun activities! You must be at least 16 years old and be able to commit to at least one week of full day volunteering – 8:45 AM – 3:45 PM. Email Stephanie.Weis@HeartlandFarmSanctuary.org if you’re interested!
  • 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. Morning shifts are from 9 AM – 12 PM and weekday evening shifts are from 4:30 – 7:30 PM. Weekend evening shifts are from 4 – 7 PM. Questions? Email Tracy at HeartlandFarmTracy@gmail.com  You can find more about the volunteer application process here.
  • Construction/Repair Work We have opportunities to either help with one-time projects such as building chicken coops or other animal shelters or you can join our regular Sunday maintenance shift 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.
  • 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.  This year, 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.
To learn more about volunteering on animal care shifts, please email Tracy at HeartlandFarmTracy@gmail.com To learn more about any other volunteer opportunities, 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