Do you have good telephone skills? Are you a people person? Do you like public outreach? Lincoln Animal Ambassadors (LAA) is an all-volunteer organization. Here are some ways you can volunteer with LAA:

LAA's most critical need is for phone line volunteers to respond to inquiries about the pet food bank. These volunteers can work from the comfort of their own homes, but they don’t sit around waiting for the phone to ring. At their convenience, they call into a voicemail system to retrieve messages. Having access to a computer with an internet connection is necessary to communicate with other LAA volunteers by email and call tracking using a Google Docs spreadsheet. Training is provided. Five shifts are available.

There are three other volunteer positions LAA needs to fill:

For LAA's spay/neuter program, volunteers interview applicants. Volunteers make the calls at their convenience and training will be provided. Two more interviewers would be ideal.

At the pet food bank, volunteers distribute food during evening shifts to applicants, and periodically transport large donations of food, load and unload food donations, and/or reorganize the warehouse. Two more volunteers would be ideal.

Finally, LAA needs volunteers to staff information tables at Petco, where they answer questions from shoppers and hand out brochures about LAA’s services. Four more volunteers would be ideal.

None of these opportunities appeal to you? Lincoln Animal Ambassadors always needs help with fundraising events and distributing its newsletters. Bloggers and photographers are invited to contribute to LAA Pet Talk.

"Anyone who likes animals wants to know what they do is helping. By volunteering with Lincoln Animal Ambassadors, you know exactly how you are helping -- either you are supporting the pet food bank or the spay/neuter program, and usually both," says LAA Volunteer Coordinator Donna Kavanaugh.

"You see first-hand the work we do, how we do it, and how the funds are allocated to help those pets. Many positions can be worked from home and around your schedule; most don't require a huge time commitment. You can find a volunteer position that suits your talents and abilities as well as your time," Kavanaugh added.

Lincoln Animal Ambassadors is a nonprofit funded by donations and fundraisers. It addresses the root causes of animal homelessness in Lancaster County by helping pets and their people through a voucher-based low cost spay/neuter program and an income-based pet food bank. The group offers pet-care information through its blog (https://lincolnanimalambassadors.wordpress.com) and at community events.

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Allison Hunter-Frederick is media chair for the Lincoln Animal Ambassadors.

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