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:
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
- 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
- Maintain social networking sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc)
- Find, organize, and participate in networking and demonstration events
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
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
- 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.
- 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.
- As part of the job of working with animals, there is always cleaning to do!
- Puppy sit when our puppy raisers are away.
- 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.