K-12 Grade Volunteer Opportunities

Off-site Volunteer Opportunities:

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington is proud to be a part of Volunteer Arlington’s Passion into Action Challenge which encourages children and youth to explore ways that they can get involved to support the Animal Welfare League of Arlington and other nonprofit organizations. The Passion into Action Challenge for is for children from Kindergarten through 12th Grade!  The League has a variety of fun Do-It-Yourself Packets for students to support AWLA through off-site service projects.

Learn more about our AWLA’s Passion Into Action Challenge here!

On-site Volunteer Opportunities:

We have several short-term onsite opportunities for children, parents, families and teens to get involved on site at AWLA.  The time commitment for these opportunities range from 20 minutes to 1 ½ hours and you may sign up for open slots as often as you’d like!

Paws and Read Program at the League:

Children K-11th grades can visit the shelter with a parent to read to our shelter cats through Paws and Read Program. Find out more here! 

Monthly Service Projects at the League: 

On-site, project-based volunteer opportunities and are typically 1-1.5 hours.  Project materials, instructions, and a tour of AWLA are provided for participants (space is limited and registration is required for each scheduled date).

Parents may sign up with children 15 or younger.  Adults of any age and teens 16 or older may also sign up.  Teens ages 16 up to 18: A release form, signed by a parent or legal guardian is REQUIRED —The AWLA TEEN VOLUNTEER Release of Liability can be found here. All other participants will be asked to complete a release form in person, upon arrival to AWLA before the start of the project.

Volunteer Opportunities for Teens 16 to 18 years old:

Teens 16-18 years old may sign up to volunteer at AWLA. Parental permission and verification of age required to participate.  Please note that initial teen volunteer assignments begin in areas that are not hands on with animals.  Teens in our volunteer program who volunteer regularly and follow established rules/protocols may be invited to train in other volunteer assignments that work hands on with the animals. Please go to our volunteer page to learn how to apply.