Bristol A.R.C. Volunteer Stories
Meet Helen - Office Volunteer
I really struggle to remember how long I have been volunteering for the Bristol A.R.C., but I think it’s over 10 years. Initially I became a dog walker on my days off from work and I would come most weeks, rain or shine, and walk one or two dogs on each visit. I extended this walking effort to taking part in two Sponsored Mutt Strutts.
As time went on, I began helping with fundraising, regularly doing collections in supermarkets and other shops. I helped out at most of the Fairs, usually doing the children’s face painting, along with helping out on various other stalls or making teas and coffees to sell to our wonderful supporters.
More recently I have helped out with other fundraising events, such as the Newfoundland Dog Rescue Event in Portishead, a Dog Show in Patchway and a Quiz & Curry Night.
I have been really privileged to be able to join the Fundraising Team as an office volunteer over the last year or so. My jobs are very varied, from communicating with supermarkets to set up future collections, seeking prizes for fundraising events and raffles (and then subsequently contacting prize winners and arranging collection of prizes), tidying and organising the office, through to regular admin work. It is great to see voluntary opportunities being extended within the team.
I love playing my part in being a volunteer and helping all the animals in the care of the A.R.C. Oh and yes, I’ve adopted seven rabbits over the years as well!