Last week we celebrated our hard working volunteers for National Volunteer Week with cookies, a fun mixer, and lots of “thank you”s but nothing can fully explain how grateful we are for our team. National Volunteer Week recognizes and thanks community members who lend their time, talent, and support to causes they care about. For Yavapai Humane Society, our volunteers give not only their resources but also their hearts to animals in need.

Nearly 170 volunteers serve Yavapai Humane Society, helping all the species its organization cares for—including cats, dogs, and horses—as well as supporting other programs such as its low-cost public spay/neuter clinic and its Thrift Store.

“We want to thank our volunteers for their incredible service,” said Jocelyn Bouchard, Executive Director of Yavapai Humane Society. “There is no one more committed and caring than the volunteer, and we are so fortunate to have their support. We wouldn’t be able to offer the services and programs we do without them. They are precious to us.”

Last year, Yavapai Humane Society volunteers provided shelter, comfort and hope while rehoming nearly 3,000 county pets that faced homelessness. Additionally, they supported the affordable spay/neuter program for 3,366 publicly-owned animals in 2016. Volunteers accomplished all this great work by giving 9,534 hours to the organization last year.

According to Independent Sector, a coalition of charities, foundations, corporations, and individuals that publishes research important to the nonprofit sector, the estimated value of volunteer time for 2016 is $24.14 per hour. Based on this measurement, volunteers donated almost a quarter of a million dollars-worth of time to Yavapai Humane Society. It’s not just the financial value our volunteers have to the organization, it is so much more! The friendship, the compassion, the commitment, and the capacity to carry out our mission are all the reasons that we so deeply value our volunteers.

The animal shelter hopes to grow its volunteer program this year, with new and expanded volunteer roles. “There isn’t a skill set or talent that couldn’t be put to great use here at our organization,” says Volunteer Coordinator Allie Raugust. “Volunteering is also an awesome way to learn or practice a new skill and gain experience; there are endless opportunities at the humane society to do that.”

Visit www.yavapaihumane.org/volunteer to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.

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Elisabeth Haugan

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