Volunteer Community & Educational Outreach
- Host information table/booth, schedule dates and locations, prepare supplies
- Event committee, fundraisers, open house, picnic, community events, school events, children’s fairs, festivals and other events
- Develop new projects, assist with volunteer opportunities
- Volunteer coordination: organize volunteer tasks, schedule volunteer committees, help manage events, meeting and lecture hall locations. Oversee volunteer activities to report to Animal Care Coordinator and Board of Directors
Fundraising and Public Relations
- Donation jars
- Grant search, writing, project estimates and coordination
- Sponsorships and Donors: company contact, requests and coordination
- Request donations: supplies, services, gifts, raffle, auction, displays, etc.
- Fundraiser, Raffle, Auction: donation request letters, collect items, advertising
- Event coordination: event locations, event permits, government requirements, fundraising, parking, security, food, beverage, entertainment, etc.
- Partnerships: habitat areas, wildlife corridors, preserves, state parks, county parks
- Add to mailing list, members, update database
- New volunteer promotion
Operations and Maintenance – Assist Animal Care Coordinator
- Handymen pen construction and maintenance, set posts and install fencing, build barn sheds, weed clearing, chainsaw branches, repairs, etc.
- Collect greens for feeding*** – May through September
- Pick up, delivery of donated materials, rental equipment, medical supplies, etc.
- Vehicle maintenance, upkeep, cleaning
- Laundry service
- Service and material donations: contractor, carpenter, etc.
- Construction documents, permits, ordinances, county restrictions
- Inventory building supplies and other materials
Assistant to Animal Care Coordinator and Board of Directors
- Email, telephone follow-up assistance, mail, telephone support, appointment support, meeting scheduling and reports
- Telephone assistance for Animal Care Coordinator, schedule days and hours, educated on answering calls (see Guide)
- Data entry, assistance with projects and volunteers
Research and Development
- Data entry, cataloging, information updates, archive Fawn Rescue files
- Handout updates, donation request letters
- Medical research, tracking, updates on fawn illness, prevention and treatments
- Research assistance for Animal Care Coordinator and Board of Directors
- Grants available, educational outreach grants
- Research, establish for specific needs: GoFundMe, etc.
- Non-profit research, regulation updates, requirements, restrictions
- Update annual calendar and distribute to volunteers
- Research products, purchase prices and sales
- Develop new programs, opportunities
- Computer updates, software knowledge and assistance
- Website, Facebook page, Twitter, other social media
- Update links, web searches to Fawn Rescue
- Educational videos, slideshow (with and without sound), photograph DVD, mixed media production
- Photograph management, storage library, albums, mixed use displays, archive
- Create APP, update links, develop new online connections
- Social Media (outreach and advice)
- Invitations, thank you cards, flyers, advertisement
- Update exhibits, display boards, photographs, handouts, stationary, etc.
- Prepare children’s projects for education, information and events
- Donations for printing services, office and art supplies
- Donations and development of Fawn Rescue merchandise, manufacturer donations
We are grateful to Fawn Rescue’s dedicated volunteers who make our unique and ideal method work so perfectly.
WHAT IS A VOLUNTEER?
They are the adhesive that welds Fawn Rescue together seven days a week, year after year. Fawn Rescue could not survive without our volunteers. No man stands alone. We owe our volunteers a tremendous debt of honor and gratitude. They are not ‘just volunteers’.
• Our most valuable resource. A vital part of our team.
• Volunteers hold dear the world of wildlife and the particular species that is our specialty.
• They are caring, capable, intelligent, qualified, reliable, and committed. All of this and more.
• Volunteers give of themselves. They donate their limited time, interrupting schedules to meet our needs in emergencies. They contribute energy, incredible knowledge, skills and expertise.
• They use their own vehicles, gas, office equipment, whatever is needed.
• Volunteers willing to open their homes for meetings, work-parties and other events.
• Volunteers develop respect and lasting friendships over years of struggle toward a common goal.
Fawn Rescue is operated entirely by volunteers who donate their time, skills and energy for wildlife education, rescue driving, and raising fawns. This is highly specialized volunteer work. It takes an inner-strength to work with these fragile, extremely sensitive wild creatures. While there are no salaried positions, the rewards are many. The pure joy of watching these healthy and alert wild creatures bounding away to freedom is payment enough for the hard work and heartache that is a large part of what we do.
Over the years Fawn Rescue has developed ideal methods for rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing fawns.
Drivers are trained to evaluate the condition of the fawn at the site. They are then assigned by day, or by area, to respond to emergency calls from all corners of Sonoma County. These young animals are transported back to Fawn Rescue for care. This involves many hours, and many miles, of driving. Rescue work also requires a special person who is emotionally able to deal with the many badly injured animals we encounter.
The rescued fawn is stabilized at the Fawn Rescue facility before being transferred to one of our out-shelters. Each of these out-shelter managers are homeowners living in a remote areas throughout the county. The managers are skilled, committed volunteers who work individually with these delicate young animals. Each manager takes complete responsibility for usually no more than four fawns. In order to keep the fawns completely wild, they are exposed to only one human during their four month stay in captivity. Our volunteers assume the responsibility of bottle-feeding our very young fawns as often as three times per day, then weaning them as they mature. Since the fawns quickly devour any growing plants within the pen, fresh, natural deer browse must be gathered daily for this thriving herd. This is no small job. During the time the fawns are being fed, they are observed for any sign of illness, or injury, and, if necessary, removed at once from the herd. Having these animals close to home is more convenient for the caregiver and it provides the animals with total protection at all times. One person having complete control of the fawn’s well-being keeps the responsibility on a personal basis and is better guaranteed. An out-shelter manager has a more complete knowledge of each individual fawn being raised there. Once the fawns are weaned, recognize their natural foods, and are prepared to survive in the wild, the gate is opened and they are free to adjust, as a small family, in the surrounding, familiar territory. This unique and proven method prevents stress to both the animals and to us.
Free wildlife talks are offered by our highly knowledgeable and environmentally aware education coordinator. These talks are centered around a collection of ten native, mounted wildlife. Detailed information about the habitat, diet, and special characteristics of each animal is presented in our Sonoma County classrooms. These animals, housed in heavy cases, must be moved to each new location. So physical work and many hours of time, as well as teaching skills, are required for this volunteer work.
Fawn Rescue thrives and constantly improves our service to the community because of this freely given generosity.