Volunteer FAQ

Volunteer FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a volunteer at Hinsdale Humane Society?
The first step to becoming a volunteer is to attend a New Volunteer Orientation. We look forward to meeting you!

When is the next New Volunteer Orientation?
Volunteer orientations are held on an as-needed basis throughout the year. As volunteer needs arise, orientations will be scheduled. Our Upcoming Events page is updated regularly and orientation dates will be posted.

I’m under age 18, but want to help out. Can I still volunteer?
Yes! We love working with younger volunteers and believe that our youth have great talents and skills to share with our shelter animals. Students 12 – 15 are welcome to socialize cats, accompanied by a parent or guardian. Youth ages 16 and 17 can volunteer with either cat socializing or dog walking with written parental permission. High school freshman through seniors are welcome to join our Junior Board, a youth-led group whose mission is to encourage knowledge of animal advocacy operations, build leadership skills, appoint and assist on different committees, learn to organize promotional materials and plan public events all while helping our homeless pets.

What do volunteers do at the Hinsdale Humane Society?
Almost anything! Please check out our Volunteer Opportunities.

I’ve been through the New Volunteer Orientation. What are the next steps?
After attending volunteer orientation, we ask you to submit the Volunteer Application on line. 

Is there a fee to volunteer?
We ask for $25.00 Volunteer Application fee, which can be paid by check or credit card. You may mail a check to Hinsdale Humane Society, 22 N. Elm Street, Hinsdale IL 60521 or call the shelter during regular business hours for credit card payments. The fee helps to cover the cost of training and your volunteer T shirt. When submitting your payment, please supply the name of the volunteer and phone number so we may contact you.

Is there additional training provided?
Depending upon the Volunteer Opportunity you desire, additional training may be required. Our Volunteer Coordinator, Laura Donohue, will contact you to set up a convenient time for you to complete your training. We also have a “shadowing” program where you’ll gain confidence as a volunteer.

How many hours of volunteer time do you require?
We ask for a commitment of 4 hours per month.

What is the process for volunteering with my trained therapy pet?
For details, please go to the How to Become a Pet Therapy Volunteer Team section of our website.

Is there anything my Scout Troup, Confirmation Class, School Club or other group can do to volunteer?
Absolutely! Please contact laura@hinsdalehumanesociety.org to discuss what you have in mind. Volunteers who have not been through our orientation and training sessions do not work directly with the animals, but we can arrange other meaningful experiences where you can truly make a difference!

I need volunteer hours for community service. Would I be able to complete these hours at Hinsdale Humane Society?
For teens who need community service hours for a class or club, we will work with you to help you complete the hours you need. Please contact laura@hinsdalehumanesociety.org to discuss. Depending on the Volunteer Opportunity, you may or may not need to attend an orientation or further training.

For those interested in completing court-ordered community service, please contact Laura Donohue, Volunteer Coordinator at laura@hinsdalehumanesociety.org or 630-542-6565 to discuss your specific needs. We accept court ordered community service on a limited basis. Community service hours are tracked and verified by obtaining appropriate staff signatures.

I’m only available for summer. Can I still volunteer?
Yes. We know people live very busy lives. Students often have more availability in summer and adults may spend seasons in other climates. Come join us when you are able (and when we have available shifts!) We also need teens and college students as camp counselors in the summer. If you’ve been away from volunteering for awhile, we may ask you to shadow your first time back.

Now that I’m a new volunteer, how do I sign up for hours?
As part of your training, you will learn how to sign up for hours on the computer. Once fully trained, you will receive a password and instructions for signing up from home.
If you have further questions, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Laura Donohue at laura@hinsdalehumanesociety.org or 630-323-5630, ext. 24.

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