Volunteers are always needed at Good Shepherd!
If you can volunteer a few hours a week, or even one day a week, it would help us tremendously! We need volunteers at our thrift shops in Eureka Springs and Berryville. And we need volunteers at our shelter. Please fill out the application below and call our thrift store manager, Janet Chupp. She will talk with you about volunteer possibilities and our orientation process. Please note youth volunteers must be accompanied by an adult. Other areas where we need help is with events and fundraising, maintenance, grant writing, and more. Please share your talents with the Good Shepherd!
Fill out the application, then call or email Janet Chupp @ 479-244-7156
Youth Training Program: A Win/Win For Our Community
By Sandra Ostrander
Good volunteers are the key to success for the Good Shepherd Humane Society's Doggie Shops. These thrift stores, the main source of revenue funding the Good Shepherd Animal Shelter, cannot operate without volunteers.
While most Doggie Shop volunteers are retired, until recently there had also been a few young people lending a helping hand, thanks to the Arkansas Workforce Center's Youth Training Program (YTP), a federally funded program through the Workforce Investment Act. The Doggie Shops currently have no young people assisting through this program and are feeling the crunch.
This invaluable program allows young people the benefit of helping others while helping themselves. Since most young people have little to no work experience, leadership skills or job readiness expertise, the YTP offers them the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, develop a work ethic, practice teamwork, and hone their communication and leadership skills.
This program enables its young participants to learn pre-employment skills through Job Clubs. Club members develop a better understanding of the working world, employer expectations, the importance of a positive/productive job attitude, experience in money management and planning for personal expenses; in short, to help them get ahead in the future.
Job Club members also have an opportunity to help their community, work on citizenship skills, apply academic skills in a practical manner, learn about behavior expected on a job, make new friends and even earn money ($7.25 per hour). The job they have may provide a future reference, and the job they do could ultimately affect the rest of their lives. Youth Training Program membership also looks great on a college resume.
Participants generally work 10 hours per week during the school year and 200 hours over the summer break. The program helps participants build self-esteem and confidence in their abilities, giving them a leg up on life.
This worthwhile program targets disadvantaged young people ages 14 through 21. If you, or someone you know, is interested in participating, please contact Employment Training Advisor, Beverly Taylor, at the Arkansas Workforce Center, 870-741-6859 to see if you are eligible.