Volunteers are essential to our work giving rabbits a second chance. It's also very rewarding to spend time with our rabbits, as well as other bunny-loving volunteers.
We have a wide variety of positions available. We can use help at the rescue center feeding and cleaning for the rabbits. You can volunteer once a week, or less frequently if that fits your schedule. We'll give you the training you need to be successful.
We also have a variety of other positions that are performed outside of the rescue center. There are both on-going positions and one-time projects, which are a great way to volunteer for a more limited amount of time.
A fundamental function of the rescue center.
Our bunnies require feeding everyday and cleaning of their pens on a regular basis. This is a great way to spend a little time with our bunnies, give them some welcome attention and exercise while performing one of the most vital functions of the rescue center. It’s fun and a wonderful way to leave your daily cares behind for a short time while you focus on a furry friend.
Our rabbits need to be groomed and sometimes cleaned. This work is for the more experienced rabbit owner, who is comfortable handling and grooming a rabbit. It is wonderful, intimate work with a rabbit who needs some extra attention. You'll be making an enormous difference for him or her, and you'll feel good about helping an animal in need.
Are you interested in fundraising or putting on a fundraising event? We need people to plan and put on fun events to raise funds for our bunnies. This is a great way for those who can not commit to work with us on a regular schedule, but would still like to make a contribution.
We are an all-volunteer organization and are always in need of additional volunteers. If you have recruitment experience or like approaching and working with people, we’d love to hear from you.
Please complete our Volunteer Application Form. Return it to us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll be in touch with you soon!
Clicking on the link below will open the Application. You can fill in the form and save it on your computer.
Science is beginning to understand what many volunteers have known for a long time: Service to a cause larger than yourself improves your life.
Many people believe they are just too busy to take on yet another responsibility. This may be true. But would you like to be happier in what you do? Then consider what psychologists are saying about the choices we make. Jonathan Haidt, a psychologist at the University of Virginia, has written a fascinating book entitled “The Happiness Hypothesis.” Dr. Haidt has found that one thing that makes a lasting difference to your contentment is to join other people in a cause bigger than and outside of yourself. One study found that people who focus their time on accumulating wealth, things or career advancement are less happy than those who focus their time on good works, spirituality, friends and/or family.
A team of neuroscientists at the National Institutes of Health discovered something very interesting. Research subjects were encouraged to think about giving money to a charity. When they did so, areas of their brains normally associated with pleasurable activities such as eating became active. Are we “hard-wired” to be generous?
Other studies reveal that material wealth and consumption do not equate with health and happiness.
None of this is news to many people who volunteer their time to an organization that provides a service in which they believe. Indeed, such work is frequently considered one of the most satisfying and important things they do. These studies echo the old “deathbed question”: When you are on your deathbed, do you think you will wish you had spent more time at the office - or that you had spent more time with family, friends and a cause in which you believe?
Many of us who volunteer with Midwest Rabbit Rescue have found the special joy that comes from working with others towards a shared goal. In our case, relieving the suffering of, and finding new, loving homes for our delightful and silly bunnies. We have gained so much more than we have given.
So do yourself a favor. Ask yourself what would make you happy. Then go volunteer with a group that does that type of thing.