Maddie's® Optimizing Volunteer Engagement Apprenticeship

Nov 3 - 5, 2019

Maddie's® Optimizing Volunteer Engagement Apprenticeship at PAWS Chicago


Are you interested in learning how to grow, implement and inspire a volunteer program at your shelter or rescue? Do you want to engage your community to save the lives of more shelter pets?

Who Should Apply?
These apprenticeship opportunities are for shelter/rescue organization directors, staff and volunteers who are interested in learning how to be most effective at implementing this type of program in their organization.

How Does it Work?
The Volunteer Engagement Apprenticeship is three days, plus travel. Students will receive three inspiring days at PAWS Chicago with information that will provide a fresh and exciting outlook on how to foster hope and happiness for your community by engaging them in volunteer work. Volunteer management is a key to saving the lives of shelter pets, learn how all aspects of a mature program work and how to grow a similar program in your community.

Includes the following components:

  • Shadowing experience with the Director of Volunteer Services to include an overview of volunteer roles, descriptions, and leadership structure; recruiting; orientation; scheduling; training; communication; recognition; and satisfaction the gap in the Animal Welfare Community
  • Discussion: creating engagement through a meaningful and relevant volunteer experience
  • Hands on experiences and volunteer interactions across three unique and thriving volunteer areas: Community Outreach, Adoption Center, and Rescue and Recovery Center (Intake, Foster, Shelter Medicine, and Animal Care/Enrichment)

A $1,500 stipend to offset the cost of travel and lodging will be awarded to the organization of each student chosen.

Applications August 12 - 23, 2019

Applications to attend a Maddie's Apprenticeship Program will be accepted August 12 - 23. Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm on August 23 but please note that our office is only staffed until 4pm Monday through Friday.

Dates and Number of Candidates
The apprenticeship program will run November 3 - 5, 2019. A total of 5 apprentices will be selected. Candidate assignments will be determined on a first come first served basis.

How to Apply
Complete and submit to us the application form through the Maddie's Fund Grants Portal, titled "Maddie's Apprenticeship Program - Student Application". If this is your first time accessing our Grants Portal, you'll need to create an account by following the instructions on the log in page.

Applications are accepted August 12 - 23, 2019.

Apply August 12 - 23, 2019