Creation's Stewards



Supervisor: Taylor Reinson (434-448-0088 Ext. 116 or

For over fifty years, the Lynchburg Humane Society has operated as a private, non-profit organization, caring for lost and homeless animals.  By operating an open admission facility, we accept every stray from the City of Lynchburg and also unwanted pets that are surrendered to us.  We accept those that are easily adoptable, as well as those that need special nurturing from abusive or neglectful experiences.  We firmly believe that every animal deserves a second chance.  

Mission: The Lynchburg Humane Society is dedicated to helping Lynchburg's pets through sheltering, adoption, spay/neuter programs, education and community outreach.

The following are available volunteer opportunities:

Dog Socialization – Interact and socialize with the dogs to increase adoptability; Assist the public with visiting with the dogs and help them find new homes.

Dog Walking/Outings- (after completing dog walking class) – Take a dog out for a day of fun and adventure. Put the dog in an adopt me vest, sign the dog out for the day and head to a local park, coffee shop or downtown.  Give your favorite dog a little bit more exposure and allow them a nice break from the shelter. Must be 18 or older.

Cat Playmate – come give the cats the attention they so crave and deserve.  Come play with them out of the cage to ensure they are receiving enough exercise and stress relief.  The shelter environment is very stressful for cats so help them feel more at home and help us keep them healthy.

Kennel Assistant (additional on the job training) – Clean small animal cages, clean dog and puppy runs. Feed and water animals.  Don’t forget the treats, toys and blankets.  Help give our animals a healthy pleasant place to live.  Needed any morning of the week.

Humane Educators – (additional training needed) Assisting with school visits, youth groups and birthday parties. Educating the children on the importance of responsible animal care and kindness toward other creatures.

Off-Site Events– We have many events through out the year.  They range from adoption events to fundraising events.  Most happen on the weekend and we need your help or these events can’t happen.  The more volunteers we have the more animals we can take to get adopted.

TNR Trapper – (additional training needed)  Helping involves setting the traps, retrieving the traps and helping at the clinic, and helping distributing fliers.

To become a volunteer, please visit the link below and complete our Volunteer Application. You will need to attend an orientation before you begin, but you will choose your training date within the form itself.

Application Form


Last updated: 8/21/17


Contact Tamara Reynolds - Volunteer Coordinator

Call 455-5886 or email

Volunteers are America’s greatest resource! The Lynchburg Parks & Recreation Department counts on volunteers like you to lend their time and talent to assist with our operations. Opportunities to complete your Christian Service are available in the areas of athletics, youth, senior adults, Nature Zone, Community Market, special events, parks and trails. If you have an idea of how you can help, but don’t see a job listed, please call and talk to us to see how we can help you build your resume and contribute to a healthy, active, and educated community.

Community Centers

Center Assistant - Assists City staff with center programs and activities as follows:

  • After-School Program for ages 6 to 12 or teens 13 – 17. The program operates on weekdays from 3:00-6:00 pm.  Assignments may include assisting with open recreation activities, providing homework help, reading with a child, assisting with a featured activity, playing outdoor and indoor games, preparing the center environment, assisting with computer lab, assisting with meals, or helping with a neighborhood event.  Neighborhood centers are lively social hubs, located in Lynchburg's central city neighborhoods.  Assistants must be able to work in a diverse and energetic environment which requires both structure and flexibility.


  • Senior Programs are offered at most of the community centers. Assignments may include interacting with participants, assisting with meal preparation, set up, clean up, and monitoring activities, and assisting with computer lab.

Educational Speaker / Class Instructor – Share your special knowledge, skills, or talent as a speaker or instructor. Possible topics include: health, nutrition, fitness, travel, hobby or interest, musical entertainment, and local opportunities or services of interest to participants.

Event Volunteers – Assist with annual and special events when needed throughout the year. Duties may include set up, clean up, decorating, preparing food, serving food, parking assistance, providing information, and more. Events: Work Projects, Veterans’ Day Luncheon, Festival of Lights at Riverside Park Dec. – Jan., Egg Roll, Guinness Book World Record attempt at the Largest Tree Hug on April 29, 2017, and more.

Sport Activity Assistant – Greets participants, keeps score, and officiates for weekly activities such as Softball, Bowling, Putt-Putt and more.                                                                                                              

Photographer – Takes pictures of classes, activities, and events for future use in brochures and publications.


Athletic Coaches and Assistant Coaches – Coach youth athletic teams teaching sportsmanship, skills, teamwork, and notifying players/parents of practices and games. Sports include: Basketball (December – March) and Girls Softball (spring & fall).

Coaches are also needed for athletic partner organizations providing play in: Football, Cheerleading, Soccer, Baseball, Volleyball, Lacrosse and Tennis. Please check our website ( for contact information for each of these organizations.

Nature Zone

Nature Zone Volunteer – Assist with the operation of the Nature Zone, feeding and handling animals, and cleaning cages. Welcome visitors and provide information about animals and ecosystems at the Nature Zone. Answer phones, providing general information regarding birthday parties and nature programs; set-up and assistance with birthday parties.

Parks and Trail Maintenance

Parks, Trails, and Gardens Assistant – Assist City staff with projects in the parks, trails, and gardens to keep areas mulched, clean, and well maintained for public use.  Monday and Friday afternoons from 12:00 – 4:00 are the primary time frames, other times by arrangement.

Community Market

Bag Check Station Attendant/Courier – Greet patrons, check bags and give a bag check tag in return. Assist patrons by helping carry bags to their vehicle parked in the downtown area. Provide friendly customer service. Saturdays 8:00 am – Noon - Nov. – March.

Last updated: 8/17/17

Supervisor: Angela Dudley (434-363-6088 or Email), Moriah Thompson (Email)
OBIC Ministries is a 160-acre farm, located 10 minutes from Liberty’s campus. Our mission is to bring together the body of Christ by putting on events that Christians of different denominations can come fellowship together, and help minister to the public. The Liberty students who volunteer here help us maintain the facility and the animals, as well as help us host events and clubs where they have a chance to share the love of Christ to the community of Lynchburg.

Listed below are some of the opportunities you will have while volunteering for us:

Animal Care – We have a variety of animals on the property including horses, a donkey, goats, a sheep, ducks, chickens, bunnies, and a turkey. These animals need to be fed and given water daily, and some of the animals need to be groomed regularly.

Barn Chores – We have a list of barn chores that need to be completed daily, to keep things clean and have a well-working facility. These include mucking out stalls, getting rid of cobwebs, raking out the hay from the barn, cleaning out feed buckets, organizing the tack rooms, and so on.

Clubs and Events – Throughout the year we have multiple clubs up and running for kids ages 2-15. We are always in need of more volunteers to come out and love on the kids who attend. We also put on different events such as concerts, festivals, yard sales, a Christmas live Nativity, an Easter Resurrection journey, and other fundraising opportunities. We would not be able to successfully run these events without the help of some amazing volunteers.

Last Updated: 8/17/17

Supervisor: Diane Dwyer (540-586-6100 or Email)
The Bedford Humane Society (BHS) is a nonprofit, charitable organization comprised of volunteers. We are dedicated to eliminating the overpopulation of cats and dogs in

Bedford County through education, spay/neuter programs and animal adoptions. WE ARE NOT the Bedford County or Bedford City Animal Shelter.   


  1. Volunteers must enjoy working directly with or on the behalf of needy animals.
  2. You must provide your own transportation. Carpooling with other students doing your same project is a creative option.
  3. You must sign and submit a Bedford Humane Society Release Form at the time of registration.

Foster Parent Assistant - Our adoptable animals live in a few foster homes provided by our volunteers. There they receive loving care while preparing for and awaiting a permanent adoptive home. Animal foster parents need assistance with some or all of the following: grooming, clean-up, exercise, socialization and adoption exposure of BHS-approved foster animals. 

Posters & Publications - Print posters of our adoptable animals, identify places in the Bedford community to post them, and update them on a regular basis.  We have a poster document in Microsoft Publisher. 

Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) - Volunteers needed to humanely trap and transport feral (untamed) cats to and from the Bedford Animal Hospital for spay/neuter services. Educate inquiring Bedford County property owners about trapping skills to prevent the needless overpopulation of feral cats. Training will be provided by an experienced BHS TNR volunteer. 

Media Relations - Develop and coordinate programs with area newspapers, radio and/or TV stations to maximize exposure for our adoptable animals. For example, "Pet of the Week" newspaper column with photo. Publicize and build community support for BHS activities.

Fundraising - Coordinate and conduct a fundraiser such as a community car wash, or work in our booth at Bedford's Centerfest. Make suggestions and coordinate a BHS Board-approved fundraiser idea.


Last updated: 2/24/17

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