By Maggie Moran
Welcome to our ORHS newsletter! First, I’d like to thank Stephanie Coleman and Dave Delich for their dedication and leadership over the past years. We have a great Board in place ready to have an exciting year.
As you all know, the main purpose of ORHS is to rescue cats and dogs and provide love and care plus whatever is necessary to prepare them for their forever homes. Some are easier than others, but that is what makes ORHS unique – we just don’t give up.
This can’t be done alone. We have generous supporters – be it monetarily or by volunteering. I personally appreciate this more than you will ever know. Anyone that has ever been involved in fundraising knows and understands how difficult it is but also how necessary it is to accomplish our goals.
Our volunteers are the backbone of ORHS and we never have enough. Perhaps you love animals but are allergic to dogs and cats or you are busy and can’t make a commitment at this time. Did you know that you could make a couple phone calls a month (on your schedule) to remind someone that they are scheduled to have their dog or cat spayed or neutered? You could also make a call as a follow up on an adoption just to see how things are going. Maybe you are good with the computer or publicity etc. Trust me, we can use whatever skills you might want to share.
There is, of course, always a need for volunteers to help with fundraising. But big fundraisers are one part - also important are the small fundraisers by individuals (children & adults) – lemonade stands – dog washes – bake sales- birthday parties – special event parties – individuals who have had donation drives at work – Creativity is a wonderful thing.
Let me close by saying the individuals who volunteer and support ORHS have enormous hearts and have a dedicated effort to rescue our furry friends. I am so very proud to be associated with this wonderful organization. Maybe you have a big heart and passion and would like to be a part our team. Give us a call.
We often hear from people that they want to support and volunteer with ORHS but because they can’t foster an animal, they don’t speak up. Well, there are lots of other ways you can help our organization whether you work hands-on with the animals or not. We have some of the best volunteers around and now we’re reaching out to you to join us in one of the most rewarding causes there is.
We have some fresh new faces on our Board of Directors and we have lots of work to do. We rely on a number of critical committees to help us achieve our goals and it’s time to get them moving.
So, If you have led or worked on a committee for us before and would like to continue just let us know. If you think you would like to participate on a committee or take on a leadership role, let’s talk further so we can share some of our plans for 2018.
If you are new to our organization and would like to become more involved let us know and we’ll talk about where you would like to devote your time.
Volunteer opportunities are as follows: Kitty and puppy care, foster home, fundraising, education – adult and children, community food distribution, transportation, volunteer coordinator, and publicity...(website, articles, newsletter, grant writing, etc.)
Thank you!! It is a great place to volunteer!!
Please contact: Jill Schurig. Volunteer Coordinator/ORHS--706-454-1508 or ORHSpets@gmail.com