Volunteering at Heartland

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Upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions

Date(s):Wednesday, February 17
Wednesday, March 23 (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.

  • Fundraising & Friendraising Committee
    Heartland is currently seeking members for our dynamic fundraising and friendraising committee to connect more folks, businesses, and communities to our work. Email Dana.Barre@HeartlandFarmSanctuary.org if you’re interested in learning more.
  • Snow Removal
    We are looking for volunteers who can shovel or snow-blow this winter! The driveway is plowed, but help is needed to keep walkways, stairs and parking spots clean and safe for volunteers. If you are available for this type of outdoor work, please email Alecia at Alecia.Torres@HeartlandFarmSanctuary.org with your availability and contact information. (Bonus – You also get to hang with goats in coats!)
  • Program Volunteer 
    Can you help us help more people? We’re looking to increase our impact in the community by expanding our Animal Hearts program, and also start a brand-new Veterans program! We are seeking a dedicated volunteer to do community outreach, recruit participants and be an all-around ambassador for these two life-changing programs. If you are interested in helping us reach more people with either program, email Dana.Barre@HeartlandFarmSanctuary.org.
  • 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
  • Barn Chores & Animal Care (HELP NEEDED ON WEEKDAY MORNINGS! Weekend shifts are currently full.)
    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 3:30 – 6:30 PM. Questions? Email Tracy at HeartlandFarmTracy@gmail.com 
  • 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.  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.

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