Many of our clients who travel to Helping Hands for pet surgery or pet dental care ask us about volunteer opportunities. There are many ways you can volunteer your time for the day, but most do require planning.
One of Jake and Chilly’s favorite places is the Richmond Ronald McDonald House. They are a wonderful organization that helps families who have children receiving medical care in the Richmond area. You can go to their website to learn more about their mission and how you may be able to help for the day.
Another great organization that helps children is Noah’s Children. They are affiliated with St. Mary’s Hospital and provide pediatric palliative and hospice care. They have what they call DIAD volunteer opportunities (Done-In-A-Day). Although at this time there are no DIAD events listed on their calendar, you could reach out to them and express your interest and availability.
The closest place to volunteer would be next door with our neighbors at Feed More, the Central Virginia Food Bank. As with the others, you would have to arrange in advance. Another way you can help them is to donate a food item. The following is a list of their most needed items:
*peanut butter *canned chicken or tuna
*low sodium veggies *fruit packed in juice
*spaghetti sauce (no glass please) *whole grain snacks
*canned or dried beans *hot or cold cereal
They do great work and Helping Hands Affordable Veterinary Surgery and Dental Care is honored to share the block with them.
The most comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities can be found at Hands on Greater Richmond. They are a clearing house for all kinds of opportunities in the Richmond area. They also have opportunities for Teens (13-17) and Youth (under 13) if you are traveling with your family.