HOW TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER?
Orientation Sessions: The orientation sessions are held the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 12 noon. No rsvp is needed for the orientation. Please arrive 20-30 minutes early as seating is limited. This is the only location available for volunteering. The address is: 16101 West Dixie Highway North Miami Beach. If you are unable to attend Saturday orientations but would like to be a volunteer please e-mail your availability to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In order to become a registered volunteer, you must be 16 years old and attend an orientation and training.
- We also allow school and court mandated community service hours excluding the following charges: violence of any kind, DUI, drug, theft, and felonies. Please call 305-749-1843 or email email@example.com to determine eligibility requirements.
Foster Care Program and Foster Orientation Sessions: Click here to learn more about the rewarding experience of being a Foster Parent.RSVP is required for Foster orientation. Please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interview: After attending orientation you will be scheduled for a brief interview and/or training. The purpose of the interview is to help us become acquainted with you and determine your volunteer interests.
Training: Following the brief interview, you will be given a training related to your specific areas of interest. During hands-on training; volunteers learn about safety procedures, pet adoptions, animal behavior and other important information about the Humane Society’s many programs.
TWO VOLUNTEERS FOR THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER MIAMI HIT MILESTONES
Together two North Miami residents have logged 15,000 hours of volunteering at the Humane Society of Greater Miami
North Miami resident, Dayle Fragin, recently passed her 10,000th hour of volunteering at the Humane Society of Greater Miami; Freddi Hyman has 5,000 hours under her belt. What a milestone to achieve! Why do people volunteer at the Humane Society of Greater Miami? It’s a good feeling to know that you are helping animals in need and making a difference in their lives. The experience of volunteering helps you grow as a person, meet new people and get an insight into how the organization operates. Mostly it is so gratifying when someone tells you that you are doing a good job—and you feel needed– even if you don’t get paid.
In another lifetime, Dayle must have been a dog, more specifically, a Schnauzer! The former school teacher, who taught 5th and 6th grade for 37 years in Liberty City, now spends every waking hour helping the animals at the Humane Society of Greater Miami. We mean for fourteen years, 24/7, and she loves every minute of it. Dayle lives with her four Schnauzers– all adopted from the Humane Society of Greater Miami. When she adopted Ginger, her first dog, she knew she wanted to be around animals all the time. Now she is.
Dayle is involved in many programs at the facility as well as community outreach endeavors. At the shelter, she helps with the buying for the shelter boutique and runs the Match a Pet program. She listens to what people want and then matches them up with the perfect animal. Her success rate is impressive. “I get such a warm feeling when an animal is adopted by the right person, “she says. “It makes my day.”
Prior to volunteering at the Humane Society, Freddi worked for the State of Florida Work Force System for 35 years. She always knew when she retired she would work with animals in some way. She says, “I used to work for money and now I work for appreciation. I love the place, the people and the animals.” Freddi lives in Sky Lake with her husband of 44 years and her dog Moonbeam. “My husband and my dog are my children”, says Freddi.
Freddi has her own desk, mailbox and email at the Humane Society. Her job doesn’t stop at 5pm; she also takes work home. Sounds like a perfect employee. Except she isn’t. She has volunteered at the shelter for eight years. Freddi is the support person for the volunteer program. “But most of all”, says Laurie Hoffman, the Associate Executive Director of the organization, “she is the backup person for all the administrative staff. She helps us with spreadsheets, letters, invitations, bid sheets, phone calls – whatever it takes and whatever is necessary. I honestly don’t know what we would do without her!”
Donna Tallon, Executive Director at the organization says, “We appreciate all our volunteers but Dayle and Freddi are truly extraordinary. Orphaned animals go to the core of them.”