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Pacific Cove Humane Society
Volunteer Policy

Volunteer Participation
Volunteers are vital partners in the success of Pacific Cove Humane Society, and volunteer service should be rewarding and effective.  Areas of volunteer service include clerical and administrative work, planning and staffing fundraisers, staffing the information booth at community events, participating in the People to People pet-matching service, publicity and photography, participating in parades, and providing professional expertise for special projects.  

Pacific Cove Humane Society (PCHS) volunteers must first complete an application and be accepted by PCHS prior to the performance of a task.  Volunteers serve at the sole discretion of the PCHS Board of Directors.  Both the volunteer and PCHS have the right to terminate the volunteer’s association with PCHS at any time, for any reason, with or without cause.  Unless specifically stated, volunteers shall not be considered as agents of PCHS.  Board members are considered volunteers.

Definition of a Volunteer
A volunteer is anyone who, without compensation or expectation of compensation beyond possible reimbursement of expenses, performs a task at the direction of and on behalf of PCHS.

Reimbursement
In a limited number of situations, volunteers may be eligible for reimbursement for expenses incurred while performing their tasks if the reimbursement has been approved in advance (prior to the date that the volunteer activity is completed) by the PCHS Board of Directors.

Volunteer Rights and Responsibilities
Volunteers are viewed as a valuable resource for PCHS. Volunteers will be extended the right to be given meaningful assignments, the right to be treated as equal co-workers, the right to appropriate training and supervision, and the right to recognition for work done. In return, volunteers agree to actively perform their duties as outlined by PCHS to the best of their abilities; to ask for help when needed to understand or perform their duties; to maintain confidentiality; and to remain loyal to the mission, policies and procedures of PCHS.

Unless appointed by the Board of Directors, volunteers will refer all media requests for interviews to a member of the Board.  If a volunteer is contacted several times for assignments, and is unable to serve, their name may be removed from the contact list.

Criminal Records Check
Volunteers in certain assignments (working with children, for example) may be asked to submit to a background criminal records check.  Volunteers who do not agree to the records check may not be accepted.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for people who have a passion for animal welfare and want to     help us reach our goal of developing a new animal adoption center for the Coos County region, while continuing to support our People to People adoption program during that transition. At this time we are completely run by volunteers,                                   with no paid staff.

Position 1 – Board Member

We are seeking Board members to assist us with our mission. Board members are required to attend a monthly meeting in Coos Bay and are working members of our organization, which means we also participate in our fundraisers and other tasks as needed. We are looking for organized, self starters and leaders. Any skills are welcome, with the goal in mind to diversify our professional base. Retired professionals, someone with business management experience or experience running a business, or those currently in professions such as financial, accounting, legal and contracting are a plus, to help guide us in our decision making.

Position 2 – Foster Homes

Until our animal adoption center is built, we rely on either current owners or foster homes to keep animals available for adoption, until we can find their forever homes. We need more loving foster parents to assist with this process. If you have room in your home and the time to love an animal in need, we need your help.                                                                                                                  

Position 3 – Volunteer Coordinator

We are looking for someone to help us grow and utilize our volunteer base in more productive ways to achieve our mission. This position needs someone who is organized, likes to lead and is good with people.

Position 4 – Fundraising activity lead or support

This position would assist with current fundraisers, or have the opportunity to develop other small and/or large fundraisers throughout the year, working in conjunction with the community and local businesses. We also are looking for volunteers to increase public awareness of Pacific Cove Humane Society at farmer’s markets and festivals throughout the year.

Pacific Cove Humane Society has two regular fundraisers each year, Bite of the Bay and Santa Paws, which needs support by volunteers to be a success. Our upcoming Bite of the Bay on 4/11/17 is in need of volunteers to help with various duties throughout the event.

Position 5 – In-Kind donations of Professional Services

We are looking for professionals with a trade that may be willing to donate some of their time in the planning and remodel of our facility, to accommodate the needs of our new animal adoption center. We have developed plans with a volunteer architect in the community and will be completing the remodel in phases, as funds allow.

Position 6 – Capital Campaign Leaders

Fundraising is an essential part of our organization, both in raising the money for the cost of our remodel and ongoing operating expenses. We need people who have good people skills and are comfortable with approaching people and businesses for large cash donations to support our mission. Someone with grant writing experience, connections in our communities or good networking skills would be a plus.


 

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