CHILDREN'S PROGRAM VOLUNTEERS
Each year, the Wisconsin Humane Society reaches more than 8,000 children through educational programs. As a Children's Program Volunteer, you have the unique opportunity to teach children the importance of treating animals with respect and kindness, promote responsible guardianship and safety, and inspire the next generation of animal lovers! Volunteers help with a variety of programs serving kids ages 2 through 14, so there are opportunities to get involved no matter what age you're comfortable working with!
IS VOLUNTEERING WITH KIDS FOR YOU?
No formal teaching experience is necessary. Ideal volunteers will have:
- An enthusiasm for young people and sharing a love of animals
- The ability to present in front of groups of young people
- A can-do attitude and willingness to learn and have fun
Additional trainings are provided to prepare you to lead WHS-designed activities, give tours, answer commonly asked questions, and bring adoptable animals out for kids to meet.
WHAT VOLUNTEER POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE?
- Birthday Parties. Host a child's birthday party at the Wisconsin Humane Society! Party hosts take groups on a behind-the-scenes tour of the shelter, set up decorations, and facilitate interactions with adoptable animals. Weekend availability required.
- Camp Critter. Work alongside staff to help lead activities, crafts, and games for campers during our spring, summer, and winter day camps. Daytime availability required.
- Kids' Night Out. Lead kids on a tour, prepare animal-themed crafts, and socialize with dogs and cats in adoption. Pizza included! Friday evening availability required.
- Outreach Programs. Visit schools and present to classes from K5-middle school on topics such as responsible animal care, safety, or careers with animals. Daytime availability required.
- PAL Program. PAL (People and Animals Learning) is a nationally recognized empathy-building program that pairs underserved youth with shelter dogs. PAL volunteers assist students in dog training sessions and with various other activities. Sessions are held each summer in June, July, and August. Volunteers must be available between 9 a.m. and 12 noon for the entire 2-week summer session.
- Scout Nights. Lead Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts on tours, or teach them about dog training and safety or cat behavior and myths. Weeknight availability required.
- Story Time. Read animal-themed stories and lead activities for this monthly story time for little tots accompanied by parents. Daytime availability required.
If you are interested in becoming a Children's Program Volunteer, please begin by submitting an online volunteer application.
Questions? Contact Laura Nowlin at 414-431-6153 or firstname.lastname@example.org