You Can Make a Difference
VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME
Volunteer activities can include (but are not limited to) filling water buckets, mucking stalls/paddocks, spending one-on-one time socializing and grooming specific animals, and other animal care needs of the day. Here's a great video about the volunteer experience by Ashani Kurukulasuriya.
In Spring through Fall, volunteers can also opt to work with our organic certified farm, performing tasks such as starting and planting seedlings, watering, weeding crop beds, and learning about organic practices.
Additionally, volunteers can propose activities outside the realm of animal or plant care that match personal skills, such as taking high-quality photos and videos of our animals, assisting with social media, creating fundraisers, or offering workshops on topics related to our mission.
For safety and liability purposes, all volunteers must be at least 10 years of age, no exceptions. Volunteers under 14 will need a parent with them at all times. Volunteers under 18 will need a parent to accompany them on their first visit.
Volunteering Tips and Suggestions
Closed-toe shoes are required, and boots are strongly recommended. Clothing is likely to get dirty, so keep that in mind when deciding what to wear! Work gloves are also a great idea if you have them.
You can find the volunteer liability release form here.
Volunteer hours are available 8am-12pm Weekends and
8am-4pm Weekdays. We ask that volunteers try to come one regular day each week, and stay for at least an hour, but we are flexible with volunteers that travel quite a distance.
We completely understand that emergencies and inclement weather occur, so if you will not be able to make your regular time, please let us know in advance via text or email.
The majority of animal-care activities are labor intensive, so please notify us in advance if you are unable to perform certain tasks.
MAKE A DONATION
We always appreciate the generosity of people like you, with every contribution going towards making Unity Farm Sanctuary an even better forever home for farm animals than it already is. Every dollar goes directly into animal food, veterinary care, and animal housing.
PARTNER WITH US
Maybe you have another idea how we can work together to enhance our educational mission and community service. For example, we offer opportunities to numerous local organizations for the disadvantaged, disabled, and elderly. Please contact us with your special requests.
Unity Farm Sanctuary
$13.50/hour to start with no prior experience (increased salary commensurate with prior experience)
Must like to be outdoors, and prepared to do so in all types of weather
Must have reliable transportation and a valid MA resident drivers license
M/T/W/Th/Fr/Sa/Su flexible work hours (reference to include Friday and Sunday)
Work shift can occur between the hours or 8am to 7pm (usual emphasis between 8-4)
Feeding - feeding animals at their scheduled times 8am/12pm/3pm/7pm
Watering - refill and clean water sources
Cleaning animal enclosures (including: stalls, paddocks, houses, coops, and runs)
Assisting animal restraint (with vet and farrier visits or for nursing with staff)
Equines (walks, brushing, etc.)
Bathing/hosing off/fly spray/blanketing of equines
Assist volunteers (when needed/asked)
Will train for the use of small skid steer as needed.
Must be able to comfortably lift 50lb grain bags and bales of hay throughout the day
Assist with maintenance of property when needed
Odd jobs around the farm
Individuals should have the following traits:
Self motivated and able to work efficiently
Confident and comfortable working with animals
Adaptability, Flexibility, and Dependability
Have the ability to work independently, and the ability to work and communicate with others depending on the task at hand.
Be observant, have the ability to see what needs to be done, and the ability to notice when something is out of place
Have a strong work ethic and have the physical ability to do farm work
Genuinely care for the animals
Additional help sought to drive to Save a Lot Market in Roslindale MA and Roxbury MA with the Sanctuary Van, to pick up donated animal food (3 hours paid $50 per trip)