My name is Alison and I recently started volunteering with PAW Team as the blogger and social media coordinator. I want to tell you a bit about my experience as a new volunteer so you know what to expect if you are thinking about volunteering.
I volunteer with PAW Team because it is fun, allows me to develop new skills, and because PAW Team makes a straight-forward, direct impact on our community. Outside of PAW Team, I work in education, host Meetups, and am on a quest to find the best fusion food in Portland.
Even before starting with PAW Team, I was impressed with the level of organization at PAW Team. I was able to get on the website, sign up for a shift and a volunteer orientation, and begin volunteering within a month. This is the 4th organization that I have tried to volunteer with recently and the only one who was organized enough to get me trained and “on the floor” in under 2 months.
The first clinic I attended was one of their biggest of year - over 120 pets served. Despite this, things ran smoothly. Volunteers – even those of us who were new – knew where to go and who to ask if we had questions. The experienced volunteers were knowledgeable, warm, and welcoming. I had so much fun! The pets are super cute. I also really enjoyed meeting our clients and hearing their stories.
If you are interested in volunteering, more information can be found here. Say hi when you see me at the clinic