Pets Bring Joy is fueled
by volunteer power,
for which we are
In 2018, over 150 volunteers
collectively donated over
7,500 hours of their time to PBJ.
The rescue part of our mission is running well -- 204 adoptions year to date as of June 28th and 1,578 lives saved since 2013 -- but we can always use more help!
In addition to staffing our day-to-day rescue operations, we are also in need of assistance with fundraising and marketing, and have many exciting ideas to pursue in support of our community programs as well.
If you love animals and want to help us make a difference, please review the volunteer opportunities below, then please click here to complete a no-obligation volunteer interest questionnaire.
PBJ VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Revised on July 1, 2019
|Pet Transporter ("Kitty Uber Driver")||
From time to time, we need help transporting a kitty or two from point A to B: from a shelter to a foster home, or from an adoption venue to a vet appointment, etc. Sometimes the trips are short -- e.g., from Fairfax to DC -- and sometimes longer -- e.g., from Culpeper to Fairfax or from Winchester to DC.
We maintain an email mailing list of kitty uber volunteers, and whenever we need a driver, we email everyone on the list: if you can help, you reply, and if you can't, you don't -- simple as that! Some of our drivers only help once every few months, which is PURRfectly fine.
|Summer Vacation Foster||
In the summer, many of our foster families go on vacation, and while they are traveling, we often seek temporary foster homes to care for their foster cats for a few weeks. All you need to do is to provide a single room in your home to care for the kitty -- we provide all supplies.
If you would like to help us out as a summer vacation foster, please visit our foster page to learn more about fostering and to complete a foster questionnaire -- no need to fill out a separate volunteer interest questionnaire.
|Volunteer at PetMAC in DC||
Our PetMAC DC adoption venue, located on Wisconsin Avenue NW in Tenleytown, is looking for volunteers to help with cat care for some of our morning and evening shifts ... come spend an hour helping to feed the kitties, tidy up their litter boxes, and most importantly, to give the kitties lots of LOVE!
Currently we really need someone for Saturdays from 5-6 PM but we also need rotating substitutes, and shifts open regularly. If you are a PBJ supporter on the DC/MD side, there are other ways to get involved with PetMAC as well, such as helping with adoption events and special projects.
If you would like to be a PetMAC DC volunteer, please email Lori at email@example.com -- no need to fill out a separate volunteer interest questionnaire.
|Fairfax VA Kitty Care Volunteer||
Both of our Fairfax, Virginia based adoption venues are looking for kitty care volunteers:
|Fairfax VA Adoption Event Volunteer||
PBJ holds adoption events on Saturdays from 12 noon - 2 PM; we are looking for volunteers to help at our two Fairfax, Virginia based adoption venues (see locations above) with greeting visitors, answering questions, and showing our cats to potential adopters.
We are looking for:
Having launched our e-newsletter with the Summer 2019 issue, we're looking for folks interested in helping put together future issues, which might include writing articles, taking photos, or helping edit content using MailChimp (an online email content editor that's fairly easy to learn -- we'll provide the training :o).
Work from Home
Most of the administrative work we do involves keeping track of things using spreadsheets --
we're heavy users of Google Sheets, which is a simpler form of Excel. If you know the basics
of either one, you'll be good to go to help us out!
You don't have to be available on a daily basis ... if you can devote some time once a
week to a specific task, we'd be most appreciative.
We could use two types of photography help:
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then a video is worth 1,000 photos! Again, we don't need a fancy video -- smartphones do amazing jobs at capturing video, and if you are able to use one of many free apps to add a bit of "magic" in the form of captions, music, etc., even better! We like posting videos of our kitties to Petfinder and Adopt a Pet to help potential adopters fall in love even quicker.
We have many ideas for projects that require the talents of an artist/illustrator, ranging from ideas for childrens books to t-shirts to artwork for promotional materials.
If you are interested in helping us in this capacity, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org -- no need to fill out a separate volunteer interest questionnaire.
|Medical and Hospice Fosters||
In addition to traditional foster homes, we are in need of medical and hospice fosters.
|"We Care" Business Liaisons||
Do you have a hairdresser, dentist, orthodontist, auto mechanic,
favorite family restaurant, or other favorite small business owner
that you visit frequently and know well? Consider talking to them about
becoming a PBJ "We Care" partner. As part of PBJ's
We Care About Our Community program, we are looking for people
willing to serve as liaisons with one or more local businesses who are willing to
partner with PBJ in one of several ways as described on our
"We Care" page.
Email Jacquie at email@example.com and she'll be happy to work with you in getting started.
We are looking for people to assist us with:
|Fund Raising Event Coordinator||
There are many different types of fund-raising events, both large and small: car washes, bake sales, wine-tastings, yard sales, golf tournaments, and the list goes on! If you would like to coordinate a fund-raising event on behalf of PBJ, we'd love for you to do so, and will provide you with the social media exposure and volunteer support you need to make it a success! :o)
|Youth Mentorship Program Coordinator||
PBJ is passionate about mentoring youth so as to instill passion for community service at any early age, for they are our next generation of volunteers, philanthropists, and non-profit entrepreneurs.
There are many ways to get involved as a youth mentor with PBJ - here are but a few ideas:
|Revised on July 1, 2019|