CALLING CARDS: GILLIS OPPORTUNITY, NEW KC PET PROGRAM

Hello there friends. We are proud to pen this first edition of our newest weekly feature — Calling Cards. Every week we receive a fair amount of news and notes from the area nonprofits that we have built relationships with.

The correspondences range from last minute volunteer opportunities to upcoming fundraisers or programs to donation needs. It’s a little bit of everything and while these don’t always warrant a full call-to-action, we still want to share them. Thus, for our first ever issue, here is this week’s Calling Cards. P.S. — if you are looking for a volunteer opportunity next week,we got scheduled with Wayside Waifs for May 9.

GILLIS CENTER NEEDS HELP WITH ANNUAL KCI RELAYS

We received this last-minute request for volunteers from Gillis on Monday. We’ve been pushing it through our Twitter and Facebook accounts, which by the way you should follow for daily volunteer tidbits, yet we still need help.

The gist is Gillis, who is a shelter campus for at-risk children, will be holding its annual KCI Relays this Friday, May 2. The day-long, track and field competition is in conjunction with several over area children nonprofits and will be held at Center high School. I’ve been told it’s a blast and all sorts of help is needed (sign-in, referees, participants, etc).  Therefore, if you have an hour or two to spare — perhaps a long lunch? — this would be a great way to spend it.

If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Brent Lager at 877-203-5848 or atthecallkc@gmail.com for more details.

KC PET PROJECT INTRODUCES NEW ADOPTION PROGRAM

The folks at the KC Pet Project are always thinking of creative ways to increase pet adoptions and they did it again. We’re going to let their rap sheet explain most of it, but on a personal note, we love the fact that they are pairing volunteers up with individual dog adoptions. We think the practice will enhance the relationship the volunteer has with the organization, therefore creating a more connected volunteer force.

Anyhow, here are the cliff notes with contact information provided below:

Volunteers, here is a new and really easy way that you can help increase KCPP dog adoptions from the comfort of your home. All you have to do is make a commitment to one dog and promote that dog until it is adopted. Anyone with an internet connection can do this, even those who can’t make it in to walk dogs.

We are ready to put the KCPP volunteer marketing committee in action. This will ensure consistent and creative marketing of every available KCPP dog. The goal of the committee is to reduce length of stay for dogs in KCPP custody, therefore keeping more cages open for incoming dogs and saving more lives.

We have fourteen committee members, who will serve as team leaders. Each leader will work with a roster of available dogs and team of volunteers who are committed to promoting KCPP dogs.  

  • Each team member will be assigned a single available dog, which may be housed at the shelter, at Zona Rosa, at Petco, or in a foster home.
  • Team members will be responsible for advocating for their individual dogs and promoting adoption through the social media outlets of their choice, including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Team members are expected to post Craigslist ads for their dogs and encouraged to explore other creative ways to promote their dogs.
  • Team members are encouraged to gather information about their dog’s personality by handling the dog themselves or communicating with other volunteers or fosters who have worked with the dog.
  • Once a team member’s dog has been adopted, they may be assigned a new dog, when one becomes available.
  • Friendly competition amongst the teams is encouraged and we are looking forward to fun social gatherings!

If you are interested in joining the volunteer program or simply just walking dogs occasionally, contact Brent Lager at 877-203-5848 or at thecallkc@gmail.com for more details.