Ohlone Humane Society (OHS) supports and welcomes families and our youth in need of community service projects or hours by offering opportunities whenever possible. OHS understands that community service and volunteering at early ages are important for students and families to understand and promote the importance of human-animal well being. OHS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal welfare organization in good standing with the IRS and state since 1983.
PLEASE READ THIS FIRST!
OHS Is All for the Animals, but we are not a shelter.
Our only facility is our wildlife rehabilitation center in Newark that is not open to the public except one day each year for our open house. Our only “resident” animals there are wild, temporary, and in need of veterinary care. Those short-stay animals are treated or rehabilitated by trained volunteers and then released to their natural habitats with as minimal human contact as possible.
If you are seeking direct hands-on animal care as your community service, you may have to contact a shelter or other facility. Everything we do, though, at OHS supports animals, whether wildlife or pet animals and their families.
Still interested? Listed below are ways youth, their families, and youth groups can be involved in our volunteer programs to service animals and pet owners.
Spend time with kittens who need you!
Collect items to help animals in need!
Help tend to the gardens at the WRC!
READ TO A PET
Read aloud to your furry friend!
Become a Youth Volunteer
STEP 1: See our Program Descriptions & Requirements and Current Opportunities. We are always open to ideas for innovative projects to accommodate youth volunteers and families, so for other projects or your own ideas feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
STEP 2: Select a project and fill out an Online Request Form. All student/youth requests will be reviewed by our program personnel and, if needed, we will get back to you with instructions. We will do our best to support the students in our community, within our resources, staffing and availability. If your desired project is currently needed, we will ask you and all members of your group to complete an OHS volunteer application.
STEP 3: Submit an OHS Volunteer Application. To work with OHS or for a youth to receive service hours, an adult over 18 years must submit a Volunteer Application. Volunteers under 18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian complete the form and list them by name as a child/youth. You may include more than one child/form.
All scout troop/club leaders and parents supervising children under 18 must complete a volunteer application. If representing a group of children desiring service hours, the parent/legal guardian of each child must submit an application with their child listed for the project. Media projects intending to show minors’ images or names will require consent to publish articles, photos or videos completed by the parent.
Youth Volunteer Opportunities
Fundraising & Donation Projects
- Wish List Drive: Any Age with Parent Supervision: Donation drives for food and supplies from our wish lists on Amazon and Chewy to collect supplies like treats, toys, and pet food. Coordinated by various departments: Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Pet Meals on Wheels, Foster Kitten, or Trap-Neuter-Return
- Pet Item Drive: Any Age with Parent Supervision: Donation drive for gently used pet items for the homeless or those in need. Coordinated by Pet Meals on Wheels.
- Plan Your Own Event: Any Age with Parent Supervision: Host a fundraising event of your planning and arranging: car wash, fun run, etc at school or community with school / parent consent and supervision. Coordinated by OHS Fundraising.
- Crafting: Any Age with Parent Supervision: Make cat or dog blankets; sew TNR trap covers, create animal-themed toys or decorative items for OHS to use with the community and foster animals or sell at fundraisers. Appropriate for service hours, scout troops and scout awards, club projects. Craft items for animals MUST be pre-approved for safety. Coordinated by OHS Humane Education.
- OHS Planned Events: Any Age with Parent Supervision: When OHS events are planned, sign up as a volunteer for and attend an OHS sponsored event performing assigned tasks. Parental supervision required. Coordinated by OHS Volunteering.
- Online Fundraiser: Ages 13-17 ONLY: Online fundraising with parental supervision to send out OHS announcements and event promotions through personal social media. Coordinated by Online Fundraising Manager.
- Special Fundraising Projects: Age 16-17 ONLY: Coordinate directly with the Fundraising manager on special fundraising projects. Coordinated by fundraising staff.
Pet Owner Support
- Packing Supplies for the homeless or pet owners in need: Ages 14-17 ONLY: Pet Meals on Wheels/Pet Pantry: sort, pack and label pet food donations and supplies to be delivered to pet owners unable to keep their pets without assistance. Groups with over 6 students require parent supervision. Coordinated by Pet Meals on Wheels
Wildlife Support & Environment
- Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Gardens: Any Age with Parent Supervision: Follow the directions from our garden manager to help weed, plant, dig or maintain the gardens that supply some of the food for our wildlife center. Coordinated by Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Gardens.
- Scout Projects at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center: Ages 10-18: The center occasionally has special outdoor/building improvement scout projects for ages 10-18 years available with a parent onsite at all times during the project. No youth/scout group projects are available inside the center.
- Habitat Conservation: Any Age with Parent Supervision: See the Humane Education webpage section, Learn Outdoors with OHS. Complete A Habitat in Every Home and School award at home or through your classroom. See instructions on the Program Descriptions & Requirements. Coordinated by Humane Education.
- Environmental Cleanup: Any Age with Parent Supervision: Take a neighborhood walk or somewhere selected by your parent and collect trash. Complete a Cleanup with OHS report for the amount of time you spent cleaning up and completing the log book and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Coordinated by Humane Education.
- Community Wildlife Sighting Log: Ages 5-13: Take a walk to look for wild animals: can be anything like birds, squirrels, lizards, frogs, bugs, or others. Complete the Community Wildlife Sighting Log and send photos/video and the completed worksheet to email@example.com. Coordinated by Humane Education.
- Foster Kitten Care: Ages 10-17: Parent must be a certified OHS Foster Parent and be assigned kittens by OHS program manager. Youth must have a regular assignment, send a video or photos of interaction with kittens and submit a parent verified written record using the Foster Kitten Care Logs provided. Coordinated by Humane Education and Foster Kitten.
- Pet Therapy With Certified Parent: Ages 15-17: Parent-Pet-Youth team: Parent & pet TEAM must be already qualified with OHS and student must be at least 15 years old. Student needs to pass handling evaluation by manager. Parent-pet team must supervise youth handlers at all times. Coordinated by Pet Therapy.
- Read to a Pet Enrichment: Ages 5-13: Select a book appropriate for your age and reading level about pets or wild animals and read aloud to your pet or a friend’s pet with permission. Have your parent take a short video or photos of you reading the book to your pet up to 15 min/day and up to 5 books may be read. Complete a downloadable worksheet about the animal’s reaction and send photos/video and the completed worksheet to firstname.lastname@example.org. Coordinated by Humane Education.
- Caring for a Pet: Ages 8-17: Learn and perform assigned care for yours or a friend’s pet with their parent’s permission 5 out of 7 days in a week and up to 15 min/day up to 10 hours without being reminded. Assigned care can include feeding a meal/water, grooming, walking, playing or other exercise with the pet, up to 15 min/day up to 5 hours of service. Have your parent take photos and keep track of your pet care on a Daily Pet Care Log. At the end of your service, you will submit the log book and answer a few questions in a report to qualify up to 5 hours of service, limited to 15 min/day. Send completed logs and report to email@example.com upon completion. Coordinated by Humane Education.