Community Service Volunteers

AWS is happy to host students and adults looking for community service hours. We believe in fostering a love of animals can start at any age, and we appreciate those willing to lend a hand caring for our pets. There are many ways to help – service to our animals is truly appreciated!

Service Hours at AWS

Adults: Please apply for the next available orientation session to become an AWS volunteer.  Hours served at AWS will contribute to your community service requirements. Duties for community service volunteers primarily focus on cleaning – kennels, cages, laundry, floors, doors, crates, etc. as needed. There are sometimes opportunities to help with offsite events.  Please note that the on-boarding process to become an official AWS volunteer can take a couple weeks so we encourage those interested to plan ahead to make sure you have enough time to go through orientation, on-boarding and training before your service hours are due.

Teens and preteens: We offer students several opportunities for middle school and high school students achieve their community service hours at AWS. Service clubs, scout troops or other groups can volunteer together as a group or students can volunteer on a regular basis through our Junior Volunteer program. Visit our Youth Volunteering page for more information.


Service Hours at Home

For Student Volunteers: We also encourage middle and high school students to complete their service hours at home. The projects they work on at home, they can then deliver directly to AWS’ animals during a special Hero Tour. These individualized tours allow students to see first-hand how their service hours make a difference to the pets at AWS.

The At-Home Project Guide for students includes enrichment activities and resources for our animals that are fun to work on! As with the adult At Home Project Guide, student projects offer varying levels of difficulty, skill and time commitment.

Download the At-Home Project Guide for students. Before beginning a project, please check in with our Humane Educator, Brie Roche at (207) 985-3244 ext. 109 or via email for information and encouragement. We want to ensure that each student gets the most out of their service to AWS.

Thank you for helping the animals!