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Volunteer

Every bit as important as financial contributions are the generous gifts of time and talent we receive from our amazing volunteers.

Whether you just want to test the waters in supporting our organization or jump in with both feet, there are volunteer opportunities to suit your goals, schedule, abilities and means.
There are short, one-time options like assisting at an event, helping to prepare mailings or calling our friends and supporters during our phon-a-thon. If you prefer a longer-term, more hands-on assignment, we offer dog fostering, puppy raising, serving on our events or development committees, special projects and a number of other volunteer opportunities.

As a volunteer you will also receive our monthly volunteer newsletter, Tails, Too, which announces upcoming volunteer needs and provides other information for volunteers. To see a list of our 4th quarter of 2012 volunteers and puppy raisers, please click here.

Become a Volunteer

Ways to Volunteer

Puppy Raiser

How many lives have you truly changed for the better? Here’s your chance.

As a Puppy Raiser for Can Do Canines, you help turn our mission from words on paper to an everyday reality for people with disabilities. Your selfless gifts of time and caring in turn provide them with the gifts of independence, freedom and peace of mind.

Will you do this expecting nothing in return, for a person you have not yet met? That’s our definition of a hero.
To learn more about becoming a Puppy Raiser click here.

Short Term Foster Home

Short-term foster homes usually provide homes for dogs for a period of two to six weeks. The dogs placed with these volunteers are usually between six months and two years of age. We select some of our assistance dog candidates from shelters and place them in a foster home for a short time to get used to “home life” again. We ask the foster home volunteer to further evaluate the dog for us before we begin training. Become a Short-Term Foster.

Please also consider our other dog care options.

Client Assistance

Sometimes clients and their Hearing Assist Dogs in training need help practicing the dog’s response to certain sounds. You might visit a client’s home to ring the door bell, knock on the door or make unusual, intruder-like sounds outside the home so the individual can train with their dog. We are always in need of interpreters for this job, since some clients rely on sign language to communicate. No dog training experience is necessary.

Fundraising Events

  • Help organize and plan an event, like the annual Heel and Wheel walk
  • Serve on the Special Events, Name-A-Puppy or Gala Committees
  • Sell tickets
  • Help out on the day of an event
  • Locate donors and sponsors

Specialist Skills

  • Interpret in American Sign Language at events
  • Carpentry projects
  • Plumbing projects

Administrative Support

  • General office work or help with bulk mailings
  • Help with office cleaning (weekly or monthly)
  • General facility maintenance and/or repair
  • Newsletter preparation — writing articles, editing and layout
  • Requesting product and service donations

Become a Volunteer