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Volunteer

Volunteering

Did you know that over 340 rescued farmed animals call Woodstock Farm Sanctuary home?! To make sure everyone is happy and healthy, we need help each and every week of the year to keep their shelters and fields clean.  Our prime volunteer days are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (but if you prefer to come on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday – that’s great too!).

Volunteer Activities

Typical volunteer activities include cleaning our barns, coops, and pastures.  To complete these tasks, you will be using familiar tools like rakes, shovels, brooms, and wheelbarrows.  Volunteering can be physically intensive, so expect to get a good workout! Many of the animals will come visit you while you complete your tasks but please remember that some tasks might not include much animal interaction.  (By the way, if you’d rather just hang out with animals, please check out our weekend visiting page.)

Volunteer Hours

The volunteer day starts at 10:30 (with a very important 15min volunteer orientation), and ends around 3:00pm. If a situation arises where you will be arriving late or need to cancel last minute, please email us at volunteers@woodstocksanctuary.org.

Age Restrictions

For safety and liability purposes, all volunteers must be at least 14 years of age. Volunteers between the ages 14 and 16 must have an adult volunteer with them.

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Special Needs

If you have any special needs or service animals, please contact us directly at volunteers@woodstocksanctuary.org so we can plan volunteer tasks for you ahead of time.

Ready to Sign Up?

Please fill out the form below at least 2 days before the shift you are looking to sign up for to get things started.  With our current staff and resources, we can only support a limited number of volunteers each day.  If the day you want to sign up is full, please pick an alternate day.  To volunteer with a group larger than 5, please email us at volunteers@woodstocksanctuary.org.  

Useful Tips 

Check the weather forecast for zip code 12440 and dress appropriately.  Regardless of the weather, water-proof footwear is highly recommended (so that if/when you step in poo, you can wash it off easily).  You will get breaks as needed for water, snacks, trips to the potty, etc.  Please make sure any food or drink you bring onsite is plant-based (aka “vegan”), no meat or dairy, please, out of respect for our rescued residents.  

Please note that diseases occur naturally among farmed animals.  All visitors and volunteers should thoroughly wash their hands prior to touching their faces or eating. Ideally, it’s a good idea to bring a change of clothes with you to change into before you leave.

Though we always appreciate it when people from out of town volunteer with us, we are currently unable to offer room and board for volunteers and we are not affiliated with WWOOF.  However, there are a variety of other accommodations in the surrounding area.

SIGNING UP!

Ready to sign up?!  Please click this link to access the Volunteer Calendar.  If you haven’t volunteered with us before or if you haven’t volunteered since the first of this year, please sure to sign the Volunteer Waiver.

Please note:   Each person in your party needs to sign up on the Volunteer Calendar individually, and each person needs to submit their own Volunteer Waiver.  Thank you!!

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