ENVIRONMENT & ANIMALS SERVICE TRACK
Serve directly with relevant organizations to bring awareness, support, and societal change to issues facing our environment and the animal population.
Need help getting connected with a community partner?
CNU ENGAGE COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Bluebird Gap Farm
Contact: Kevin Myers, Parks & Recreation Director
Location: 60 Pine Chapel Road, Hampton, VA
Organization Description: Bluebird Gap Farm provides family fun and education on 60 acres. Over 250 domestic and wild animals can be seen here, including barnyard animals, peafowl, birds of prey, whitetail deer, and tortoises.
Volunteer Needs: General labor, landscaping, housekeeping, animal care and cleanup
Volunteer Days/Hours: Wednesday - Monday, 9:00am - 4:30pm
The Cat Corner, Inc.
Contact: Fran Covey, Volunteer Coordinator
Location: 85 Fulton Street, Hampton, VA
Organization Description: The Cat Corner is a no-kill, non profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt coproration, operated entirely by volunteers. The cat Corner's mission is to provide shelter and medical care for homeless cats in our area by: seeking permanent and loving homes, providing lifelong care to those cats who cannot be adopted and educating the public about responsible companion animal guardianship. The Cat Corner also has cats for adoption at Petco Hampton. We also assist in the management of a feral cat colony.
Volunteer Needs: WORK AT THE CAT CORNER SHELTER-clean the shelter and cages, change food, water, litter and bedding, clean floors. Shifts are limited to no more than 4 hours
WORK AT PETCO IN HAMPTON-clean cages, change food, water, litter and bedding, clean floors. Shifts are about 2 hours
WORK WITH OUR FERAL KITTIES-provide food and water in the mornings. The feeling you get when you see a kitty get a second chance to find a new and safe home or see a feral cat safe in their own wooded area, is quite rewarding. If you like public relations, we also have fund raising activities that you could get involved in.
Volunteer Days/Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 8:00am to 2:00pm
Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center
Contact: Bentley Streat, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 757-566-1775 ext. 217
Location: 10120 Fire Tower Road, Toano, VA
Organization Description: Dream Catchers provides therapeutic riding and other horse-related activities to special needs individuals in a caring and safe environment. As a Premier Accredited member of PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, Int'l), we serve an average of 100 students weekly with a wide range of needs. Learning to interact with their equine partner, our students experience the unique benefits of equine assisted activities and therapies to improve their overall quality of life.
Volunteer Needs: Assist with riding lessons as groomers, side-walkers, & horse leaders; Help with barn work; Assist in fundraising activities; Assist with office duties (database mgmt, phone calls, filing)
Volunteer Days/Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 9am - 7pm, Saturday 9am - 2pm; Hours vary by season (Winter 9:30am-6pm)
Newport News Green Foundation
Contact: Tami Farinholt, Executive Director
Location: 11820 Fountain Way, Suite 301, Newport News
Organization Description: Our mission is to promote the creation and preservation of green space throughout the City of Newport News through advocacy, acquisition, and assistance to other in order to make Newport News a more visually attractive place to live, work, and play.
Volunteer Needs: Green Corps - Students who help in communications, events, landscaping projects, and as interns. Joining the Green Corps is a great opportunity to become involved in the community and bring about a positive change to the City of Newport News and surrounding areas while learning what it means to be green. The Green Corps is comprised of college and high school students, ages 14-21. Membership in the Green Corps is free and open to all students in the above grade levels, and enrollment is open throughout the year.
Volunteer Days/Hours: Varies based on meeting & event schedule
Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter
Contact: Lehni Lebert, Volunteer & Media Services
Location: 5843 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA
Organization Description: Working together, the cities of Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson, and York County collaborated to build a state-of-the-art facility that will provide the variety of animal services needed to respond to the Peninsula's residents by REHOMING surrendered or abandoned animals, REUNITING lost pets with their owners, and REEDUCATING the community on animal care issues.
Volunteer Needs: Any community-based rescue organization is only as good as its volunteers, and the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter is no exception. PRAS is dedicated to providing exceptional care for sheltered animals until they can be placed in new "forever homes." To meet this goal, we need the help of many dedicated and caring people. From dog and cat "socializers," to photographers, "behind the scenes" helpers, off-site foster caregivers, and transporters, there are ample opportunities to lend a hand and make a major difference in the community, as well as in the lives of countless animals in need of assistance. Are you interested in getting involved? If so, please click on the e-mail address above and submit this form.
Volunteer Days/Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Peninsula SPCA (*1.2 miles from CNU)
Contact: Swee Hart, Humane Education/Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 757-595-1399 Ext: 110
Location: 523 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA
Organization Description: Our mission is to find a home for every adoptable animal on the Peninsula. We are a non-profit agency and rely heavily on our volunteers.
Volunteer Needs: Dog Squad, Purr Pals, Barnyard Buddies, Greeters, Matchmakers…opportunities vary with position, including cage cleaning, feeding and watering our adoptable animals (volunteers 13 or older). Dog walking & bathing (must be at least 18 years old and has attended and passed our animal handling class). Cat grooming (minimum 16 years old) and outreach events are some other components of available positions. Fundraising, event support & customer service opportunities available as well.
Volunteer Days/Hours: Shelter hours are 11-5 Monday-Saturday. Volunteers are welcome to arrive as early as 8:30am. Sunday volunteer hours are 8:30-11:30am.
Special Restrictions/Requirements: Minimum 18 years old to interact w/ our adoptable dogs. Can perform other duties w/ minimum age of 16.
$15 volunteer fee. Committment, dedication, confidentiality. Ability to adhere to shelter policy and protocol.
Virginia Living Museum (*1.2 miles from CNU)
Contact: Shandran Thornburgh, Volunteer Services Director
Location: 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA
Organization Description: Connecting people to nature through educational experiences that promote conservation.
Volunteer Needs: There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities ranging from working behind the scenes with animal husbandry, helping maintain our grounds, or working with the public explaining the exhibits.
Volunteer Days/Hours: Open 7 days a week; Choose one day per week and choose between 2 shifts: 9-1 or 1-5
Volunteer Days: Choose one day weekly
Special Restrictions/Requirements: We prefer a 4-month commitment at 4 hours per week. Submit application early! Must complete application, interview, orientation and training prior to placement. Must wear uniform, but no-cost option is available. A background check is required.