Volunteer opportunities in Prescott

By Maria Johnson
Staff Writer

The passion to help others and a bit of time to spare: these are the two ingredients needed to volunteer in the Prescott community. For those who have both, numerous opportunities in many fields await.

Yavapai Humane Society (YHS): This local, non-profit organization is looking for those with love for animals to take care of homeless cats and dogs. Volunteers can assist in dog walking, cat socializing, care taking, off-site adoption, special events, foster parenting and office procedures. Visit http://www.yavapaihumane.org.

Prescott Area Woman’s Center (PAWS): This shelter provides basic resources for homeless women and women with children. Volunteers help staff by supervising and socializing with shelter guests most nights of the week. Visit http://www.prescottshelter.org.

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary: This non-profit wildlife sanctuary provides conservation and education through the rescuing of native and exotic animals. Volunteers assist with landscaping, help provide animal care and work for special events or in the gift shop. Visit http://www.heritageparkzoo.org.

Prescott Art Docents: A local service organization affiliated with Phoenix Art Museum founded by people interested in art appreciation, education and history. Their purpose is to share the love of art with children and adults in the community. Each year art experiences are brought to over 10,000 children and adults in the Tri-city area. Volunteers participate in several programs that bring art appreciation into the classroom and the larger community, including Masterpiece, Youth Speakers Bureau, Adult Speakers Bureau and Art in the Classroom. Visit http://www.prescottartdocents.com.

Horses with H.E.A.R.T. (Hands-on Equine Assisted Riding Therapy): The goal of this non-profit is to provide therapeutic horseback-riding to those who have physical, mental and/or emotional disabilities. Volunteers give lessons, care for horses or participate in committee or administration work. Visit http://horseswithheart.org.

Volunteer Park Ranger Program: The City of Prescott, Parks and Recreation Department is looking for volunteers who want to help keep local parks and trails clean. Volunteers work alongside park staff, the police department and fire department on park safety and first aid training. Visit http://www.cityofprescott.net/services/parks.

Trauma Intervention Programs of Arizona Inc. (TIP): This organization works with local emergency service providers to offer support to those affected by a crisis. Volunteers provide immediate emotional and practical support to victims, friends and family in the wake of traumatic events.

Sue Rutherford, Executive Director of TIP, explained, “Each of us as human beings has a need to make a difference in the world, to contribute to society and to help others. TIP volunteering is a tangible, hands-on way of making a difference.” Visit http://www.TIPofAZ.org.

This article appeared in the April 2011 print edition of The Raven Review.

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