July 12, 2013
Volunteer with The HSUS Faith Outreach Program
Promote animal protection in the faith community!
The Humane Society of the United States Faith Outreach program works with faith communities nationwide under the premise that religious values call upon us to act in a kind and merciful way towards all creatures. Almost all religious traditions have statements regarding animals.
As part of our mission to engage people and institutions of faith with animal protection issues, we are seeking Faith Outreach Volunteers (click to view expanded position description [PDF]) to implement this work in select states nationwide.
States with opportunities
*Please note: The Faith Outreach program is now accepting Michigan volunteer applications for 2014. We are no longer accepting Michigan applications for 2013. Thank you for your interest; we will resume the application-review process next year.
Benefits of volunteering
Faith Outreach Volunteers will gain a deeper understanding of the intersection between religion and animal protection. They will help bring to light the moral issues of how our society treats animals while strengthening important skills such as networking, critical thinking, and community outreach. They will have the opportunity to work directly with faith leaders and animal welfare experts as part of a prominent animal protection organization.
Becoming a volunteer
- Active participation in the faith community and familiarity with faith denominations and religious landscape in Faith Outreach Volunteer’s state
- Superior communication skills and fluency in English
- Problem-solving capabilities, attention to detail, and a commitment to accuracy
- The ability to maintain enthusiasm and critical thinking to help implement the faith outreach plan for the state
- Time-management skills, including the ability to prioritize assignments and multi-task
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, and Excel) and basic familiarity with the internet and online research tools
- Ability to use good judgment and work independently with low levels of direct supervision
- Ability to work well as a member of a team, with a high level of accountability and integrity
- Willingness to take direction from state directors, the Faith Outreach program, and/or volunteer leaders to provide updates on activities in a timely and consistent manner
- Faith Outreach Volunteers commit to 5-6 hours per week for a minimum of six months; ongoing participation is preferred.
- Faith Outreach Volunteers should have access to a computer and ability to log in into an online volunteer communication site to receive updates, a phone for easy communication, and reliable transportation
- All volunteers must successfully complete a criminal background check
- We do NOT accept any court-ordered community service
- Review the requirements, commitment policy, and restrictions above to help determine if our volunteer opportunity is the right fit. If you would like to proceed, please fill out the Faith Outreach Volunteer application.
- After review of your application, a staff member will contact you to discuss the opportunity. If we mutually determine that the opportunity appears to be a good fit, you will be asked to fill out an authorization form allowing us to carry out a background check.
- Before becoming an official volunteer, you must pass the background check, sign a volunteer agreement, and sign a waiver/release of liability.