Volunteer Opportunities2018-12-30T23:26:47+00:00

Project Description


Volunteers are critical in helping fulfill the mission of The Shade Tree. There are many ways in which you can give the most valuable thing – your time. The Shade Tree needs volunteers to help with:

  • Serving meals

  • Conducting activities with children

  • Sorting donations

  • Participating in a project

  • Teaching a class or doing an activity with the ladies

If you would like to volunteer your time or talent, please email our volunteer coordinator at volunteer-coordinator@theshadetree.org please complete the following steps to become a registered volunteer:

A confirmation will be sent to you verifying receipt of your application.


Orientation is required for all individual volunteers and will consist of a general overview of our program focusing mainly on opportunities available at The Shade Tree. An overview of the Shelter’s mission, volunteer policies and procedures will also be discussed at this time. Available orientation dates and times will be sent via email upon completing your application.

If you have any questions prior to completing an online application, please visit our frequently asked questions lower on the page.  You can also send an email to volunteer-coordinator@theshadetree.org

Group/company volunteers, please download the application below.

Please note that The Shade Tree does not accept volunteers needing court-ordered community service for any felony or misdemeanor. 



Volgistics is a web-based tracking system to make it easier for our volunteers to interact with us online.

With VicNet, volunteers can:

  • View and manage their volunteer schedules
  • Sign-up for vacant schedule openings
  • Print their schedules
  • Keep their personal information up-to-date
  • Post their hours
  • Receive news and messages from the volunteer office
  • Check their service records and print their own service reports
  • Change their VicNet passwords

Please enter your email address and your volunteer information center password, and then click the Go button to access this portal. Thank you!

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Click here to complete an online volunteer application. This will take you to a web form page. Complete each field and then click the ‘Submit’ button. An email is generated to confirm the receipt of your application and within 24-48 hours, the Shade Tree Volunteer Coordinator will contact you, either by phone or email, to provide you with further information and to schedule a new volunteer application.

The minimum age to volunteer at The Shade Tree/Noah’s Animal House is 10 years of age.  Volunteers 10-15 years old must volunteer with their parents at all times. Anyone that is 16+ can volunteer without a parent. However, anyone under the age of 18 must have their minor consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian and returned to the Volunteer Coordinator prior to beginning their volunteer service.

The Shade Tree does not accept court ordered community service, however, if you are needing to complete hours for educational purposes, we may be able to accommodate this request.

There are many different ways to volunteer your time at The Shade Tree! Here are just a few examples: serving meals, helping at Noah’s Animal House ( M-Sun), teaching a life skills class, helping out in the Children’s Activity Center, job development, Touro Clinic, client advocate, sorting donations/dock helpers, greeters, cleaning, data entry, filing and more!

Background checks are mandatory prior to volunteering, interning and employment.  All volunteers, interns and employees are required to complete a CANS (Child Abuse and Neglect) Background Check through the Division of Children and Family Services.  We will need your application, a copy of your ID, Background check completed form prior to orientation for our records. Once you are cleared and approved, you will be invited to the Volunteer Orientation and Tour.

All volunteers must show a positive attitude and have appropriate personal grooming. Short shorts and tops that reveal bare skin such as halter tops and tank tops are not appropriate. Also, volunteers must wear closed toed shoes at all times (no flip flops/sandals).

Yes, you are able to volunteer as a group. There is no minimum or maximum number, however all groups will need to be approved beforehand.

No, we do not have a minimum or maximum number of hours. We accept any amount of hours a volunteer will serve.

Yes, with approval.  Please email the Volunteer Department at volunteer-coordinator@theshadtree.org to discuss your situation.

Yes, with approval.  Please email the Volunteer Department volunteer-coordinator@theshadetree.org to discuss your situation.

Yes.  Please email the Volunteer Department at volunteer-coordinator@theshadetree.org to discuss what opportunities are available for internships.