Are you passionate about making a difference but don't know where to start? Look no further than the Alaska SPCA! We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities for all types of animal lovers, including clinical work, fostering cats and dogs, and even pet photography. So, why should you choose to volunteer with the Alaska SPCA?
Here are five benefits of being an Alaska SPCA volunteer:
1. Career Exploration. Our volunteer opportunities can provide insight if you’re considering a career in the veterinary field, working for an animal shelter, or being a dog trainer. Volunteers can work directly with animals, depending on your qualifications, and it can be a big motivator in deciding your future career. Not only does it provide insight, but your time spent volunteering can be used to enhance your resume.
2. Creating Memories & Making Friends! Volunteer work can often include some life-changing, unforgettable experiences. The activities shared with fellow volunteers can create wonderful memories because your work together creates a positive impact. Friendships, strong bonds, and meaningful moments are shared within our volunteer community for one reason — we all love animals, and this love for animals is so strong that we do something about it.
3. Reduces Stress. Did you know that volunteer work can actually help reduce stress? It may seem unbelievable, but it's true. Volunteering triggers the release of dopamine, a chemical that creates a sense of relaxation in the body. This happens because volunteer work provides a sense of fulfillment and purpose. Even though volunteering may be tiring at times, it is still a great way to fill a void in your life. By dedicating some time each week to working with others and making a positive impact on society, you can experience the amazing benefits that come with volunteering.
4. Time Management. So many of us struggle with time management! Volunteering can be a great way to practice time management for future careers, or important appointments. To be a volunteer, you’re expected to show up on time and be ready to contribute. Many of us are eager to sign up, but not so eager to show up on time. By practicing and prioritizing this skill, you can alleviate unnecessary stressors involving time management in your personal life.
5. Building a Stronger Community! Community engagement is crucial for building a strong and thriving community. Active participation is essential for the community to prosper. Practicing empathy and kindness ourselves is the first step towards achieving this goal. We may think that individual actions don't make a huge difference, but when a group of people who share the same values come together, we can create a tremendous positive impact. Together, we can make a difference!
If any of these benefits appeal to you, the Alaska SPCA team encourages you to sign up to become a volunteer. The work can be emotionally challenging, but also fulfilling. We need passionate individuals to step up when times are tough. The work may not always be glamorous, but it is rewarding.