Group Volunteer Opportunities
Nevada Humane Society is a non-profit organization that relies on the support of the community to provide lifesaving services to homeless animals. Our work is not funded by Washoe County, other government agencies, or any national animal welfare organization.
As a no-kill animal welfare organization, our mission is to make our community the safest in the country for homeless pets. You can help us achieve our mission and directly help the pets of our community by organizing and hosting simple fundraising events. These events not only bring in critical resources to meet the day-to-day needs of the animals, but also help build our foundation of on-going supporters. Below you’ll find a few ideas to help get you started raising resources in your neighborhood, church, workplace, school, or anywhere where people gather.
- Pet Food and Supply Drive | Perhaps you can organize a pet food drive where you work or within a club or association to which you belong. We’re happy to share a list of food and supplies that we especially need. Be sure to get permission from the management of the business or group before getting started. You will need to arrange a drop-off location for the donations and create posters to promote the event.
- Raise Funds | Organize a fundraising event with the proceeds going to NHS. What the shelter needs almost as much as supplies is money. Not sure what to do, take a look at our “Group Fundraising Ideas from A-Z” handout. Make a day out of it; make it fun for you and your group and for those participating.
- Rummage Sale | You have junk; I have junk, let’s turn that junk into cash! Organizing a rummage sale is a fast and easy way to raise money for NHS.
- Tabling | Set up an informational table at an event or public place to gather donations, reach out to new volunteers, and provide information about NHS. We can help you get started with a tabling kit of literature and information.
- Be crafty | Some groups want to be a little more hands on and will spend time making homemade cat and/or dog toys. For example, one scout troop made catnip toys for the kitties. Once the drive is over, deliver the food, products, and any monetary donations to our shelter on Longley Lane. We can provide you with a packet of easy but useful cat and dog toys and supplies that anyone can make.
- Become volunteers | Sometimes it can be challenging to get a big group of people together at one time, but you all still want to help. Encourage your staff to sign up as regular volunteers. This will allow them to come in and do hours as individuals, on their own schedule. Click here, to learn how to become a volunteer.
- Schedule a day of volunteerism | Some groups prefer to spend some time at the shelter and help. This is great, but can be challenging to schedule as we do not always have staff available to work with groups. Unless you have a specific project in mind, these volunteers will help with administrative tasks, cleaning, making pet toys, etc. Please note these groups will not be able to handle animals. We are only able to accommodate a certain number of groups per month. Groups need to be no larger than ten at a time. Generally a time frame would be for no more than four hours. For those under the age of 16, we require one adult supervisor per two children.
If one of these ideas appeals to you or if you have your own idea, get in touch with us about it. We can provide promotional materials about NHS and our staff will be happy to offer guidance and help with getting the word out. For a complete list of group volunteer activities from A-Z, click here.