Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Leader Dogs for the Blind. We have over 350 volunteers who regularly serve on our campus. They work in over 70 different volunteer positions: in the kennel with our dogs, in the lobby, in the vet clinic, in the puppy development or breeding programs. They also work with our clients on and off campus as well as supporting philanthropy, client services, residential services, volunteer engagement, marketing and training. Please review the FAQs below and current volunteer openings to find out more about volunteering at Leader Dogs for the Blind.
Who can volunteer on campus?
- Adults 18 or older with a high school diploma or equivalent
- Those who are willing to commit to 6 months and in some cases up to a year
- People willing to make a commitment to a weekly volunteer shift
- Those who successfully pass a criminal background check
- Sorry, we do not accept court ordered community service volunteers
What kind of volunteer opportunities are there?
- There are volunteers working in over 70 different positions on campus. Not all positions are open at the same time
- Volunteers work…
- In the kennel with our dogs, in the lobby, with the vet clinic, in the puppy development or breeding programs
- With our clients on and off campus
- Supporting the following departments: philanthropy, client services, residential services, volunteer engagement, marketing and training
- Weekly assignments
- Volunteer opportunities are available weekdays, evenings and weekends, depending on the position. Our kennel functions 365 days a year, from 6 a.m.–9 p.m. Business offices are open 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
How do I volunteer?
- Applications are only accepted online for open positions
- Keep coming back to our website if you don’t see a position you would like to apply for today
- See our current available openings
- Once you have reviewed the open positions, apply to volunteer
How long will it take before I can begin volunteering?
- One to two months
- There are several steps before receiving a volunteer assignment
- Background checks
- We will notify you once these steps are successfully completed
- Your virtual volunteer orientation will be included in your welcome packet after all paperwork is complete
- Training begins once your background check(s) are complete
Can families volunteer?
- Family opportunities to serve Leader Dog include puppy raising and hosting a breeding dog in your home
- All on-campus volunteers must be 18 or older with a high school diploma or GED