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Volunteer and You Too Can Make a Difference!

Blue Ridge Assistance Dogs is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that relies on the dedication and hard work of volunteers.  Our organization has a number of different types of tasks that you can consider participating in.

Here are some ways you might be able to help:

Marketing

Assist with our newsletter

  • Write articles
  • Take pictures for the newsletter
  • Edit the newsletter
  • Coordinate printing, folding, envelope stuffing, and mailing of the newsletter
  • Develop, format, edit the electronic newsletter

Public Relations

  • Write articles for newspapers, radio or television
  • Outreach to media to get the word about Blue Ridge out

Branding and Marketing Material

  • Develop, implement and maintain a branding strategy
  • Develop new and update existing marketing material

Networking

  • Maintain social networking sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc)
  • Find, organize, and participate in networking and demonstration events

Fundraising

Annual fundraising events

  • Organize and implement annual fundraising events
  • Work with marketing volunteers to get the word out

Demonstrations & Speaking Events

  • Find, organize and implement programs for demonstrations of service dogs

Other Fundraising Programs

  • Use your creative and organizational skills to help develop, organize and implement other fundraising strategies for the organization

Facility Maintenance

Help us maintain our facility! We are looking for people who have handyman (or woman) skills to help repair and maintain our facility.

Working with Assistance Dogs

Puppy Raising

  • Have a love for dogs, a passion for helping others and the time to dedicate to training? If so, consider becoming a puppy raiser for Blue Ridge Assistance Dogs.  Training takes a little over 2 years and you will need to participate in 1-2 training classes per week at our Manassas facility.

 Puppy Socializing

  • Puppies are socialized with humans and their surrounding environments from the day they are born.  It takes hours per day of dedication to hold, cuddle, and begin introducing puppies to the world.

 Kennel Maintenance

  • As part of the job of working with animals, there is always cleaning to do!

 Puppy Sitting

  • Puppy sit when our puppy raisers are away.

 Apprentice Trainer

  • Work with our dogs and learn the methods of positive reinforcement.  You must participate in an orientation, handlers class and 4-5 training classes before you’re able to work hands on with training one of our dogs.  At this time Blue Ridge Assistance Dogs is not taking on apprentice trainers.  Please check back in the early summer for additional apprentice trainer volunteer opportunites.

If you are interested in donating your time and skills, please fill out our application.  Once your application is filled out, please email it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail it to PO Box 229, Manassas, Virginia 20108.