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Volunteers are the life blood of Basset Hound Rescue of Southern California.

As an all-volunteer run organization, we would not exist or continue to save hounds without the love, compassion, and hard work of our volunteers. Dedicating your time to the hounds is enormously rewarding because the hounds allow you to become part of their journey to their forever homes.

Whether you're able to volunteer a few hours a month or many, whether you live locally or in another state or you're willing to open your home to a hound in need, we can always find ways for you to contribute on a meaningful level.

The Hounds Are Recruiting For These Positions


Want to help homeless hounds find their way to forever homes? BHRSC is looking for transport volunteers to bail hounds out of shelters and also transport them to events for their moment in the spotlight. The hours are flexible, you can volunteer as you are available, and we have help needed in all areas so you don’t have to travel far from home!

Have an eye for making the hounds look their best? BHRSC is looking for volunteers to take photos of our hounds for the web. Hound photographers play a vital role in helping homeless hounds find their new homes, great photos lead to quick adoptions! We need photographers for our Huntington Beach and Mission Viejo locations. This job requires only a few hours per week. Ability to take short videos and provide quick upload of files is a must.

Primary Responsibilities:

Report to the Lead Grant Agent of BHRSC.

Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants.

 

Requirements:

Ability to work well and contribute in a team environment, while also being motivated to work autonomously.

Ability to meet deadlines and a sense of urgency.

Ability to navigate the various websites, understand the grant requirements and determine if BHRSC will meet the criteria.

Compassion for Basset Hound welfare and passion for the Basset Hound breed and its community.

 

Preferences:

Experience with grant research.

Knowledge of fundraising and information sources.

 

This job can be done from any modern computer (Mac or PC), with a good Internet connection.

This job requires 5-15 hours per month.

The Spring Games Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the planning and execution of our annual Spring Games held in June in Irvine, with the help of a large planning committee.

The Spring Games Coordinator helps assemble and oversee a committee to assist in the fundraising efforts, gathering vendors, collecting raffle prizes, etc. They work closely with the Board of Directors (BOD) on event approval and budget and social media, PR and newsletter teams on promoting events as well as the foster and adoption teams as needed.

The Spring Games Coordinator will track expenses and income for the event and report this information to the BOD and the Donor Development Coordinator for assessment and help with the development of the yearly fundraising plan as needed. The Event Coordinator is not obligated to help with other fundraising coordinator’s lead events but is encouraged to do so. The Spring Games Coordinator must be available to volunteer at Spring Games held annually in June.

This position sits on our Executive Committee and requires participation in a meeting via conference call 2 times per year and an in-person meeting twice per year.

The Bids and Bites for Bassets Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the planning and execution of our annual Bids and Bites for Bassets held in October in Orange County, with the help of a planning committee.

The Bids and Bites Coordinator helps assemble and oversee a committee to assist in the fundraising efforts, collecting auction and raffle prizes, etc. They work closely with the Board of Directors (BOD) on event approval and budget and social media, PR and newsletter teams on promoting events as well as the foster and adoption teams as needed.

The Bids and Bites Coordinator will track expenses and income for the event and report this information to the BOD and the Donor Development Coordinator for assessment and help with the development of the yearly fundraising plan as needed. The Event Coordinator is not obligated to help with other fundraising coordinator’s lead events but is encouraged to do so. The Bids and Bites Coordinator must be available to volunteer at Bids and Bites held annually in October. This position sits on our Executive Committee and requires participation in a meeting via conference call 2 times per year and an in-person meeting twice per year.

Dedicate approximately 15 hours per month making connections with businesses across Southern California in hopes of gaining sponsors for BHRSC.

Coordinate monetary donations from sponsors in exchange for advertising their company at events, on the website, social media pages and the BHRSC Newsletter.

Work with Marketing Coordinator on strategy to acquire business sponsors and provide regular updates.

Provide Webmaster, Social Media Coordinator, and Newsletter Editor with business logos and information needed for ad placement.

Develop a BHRSC Network group amongst business sponsors.

The Adoption Co-Coordinator works closely with the Adoption Coordinator, Home Visit
Coordinator and prospective adoption applicants to assist in finding hounds their forever
homes.

This job requires 10 – 15 hours per week and can be done from home with phone and e-
mail access.

Executive Committee Member: attendance at quarterly meetings is required.

Volunteer in the hound booth at Spring Games.

Duties will include:

  • Working with the adoption team (Adoption Coordinator, Adoption Coordinator
    Assistant and Home Visit Coordinator) on new applications and any concerns.
  • Work with the Adoption Coordinator and assist in contact with applicants once
    approved and helping match hound to applicant.
  • Assist in placing fosters and adopters in contact when necessary.
  • Meet new hounds in boarding and visit every 1-2 weeks.
  • Occasionally meet with adoptive families at boarding locations (Huntington
    Beach, Mission Viejo and Lake Forest) or help arrange with available volunteers.
  • Assist in completing liability statements for adoptive families to sign.
  • Work with Medical and Behavior Coordinators in placement of hounds and follow
    up for adoptions.
  • Call and/or correspond with applicants as per the direction of the Adoption
    Coordinator.
  • Providing other general support/assistance to Adoption Coordinator as needed.
  • Working with the adoption team on bringing new ideas on how to increase/
    promote adoptions, head up adoption specials and adoption campaigns.

BHRSC is looking for a creative, donor-focused writer with experience composing content for fundraising campaigns by mail and online.

The main responsibilities of this position will be writing content for three to five fundraising campaigns per year and any corresponding donor updates. Pieces usually include a blend of storytelling and informational elements intended to both educate our supporters and encourage them to make a donation to our organization, with a critical focus on the impact their contributions will have on the hounds we rescue.

Occasional emergency campaigns may develop on short notice when we take in hounds needing urgent and costly rescue or care. This volunteer will receive direction and guidance from the Donor Development Coordinator and Fundraising Campaign Coordinator.

This position may require up to five hours per month leading up to fundraising drives, with fewer hours needed between campaigns. However, there will be many opportunities to be more actively involved in other aspects of our fundraising campaigns if personal time allows.

BHRSC is looking for an organized, donor-focused fundraiser with experience managing charitable campaigns by mail and online.

The main responsibilities of this position (with guidance from the donor development coordinator) will be planning three to five fundraising campaigns per year. Planning tasks include calendar management, content direction, donor segmentation, campaign updates, reporting and input on gift acknowledgment.

This volunteer will drive all our direct mail and online fundraising efforts, working with other team members to coordinate printing, design, mailing, etc. Any experience writing fundraising content or working with donor databases will be a huge plus!

This position may require up to three hours per week leading up to and during fundraising drives, with fewer hours needed between campaigns. Occasional emergency campaigns may develop on short notice when we take in hounds needing urgent and costly rescue or care.

The following are duties and expectations of the Graphic Designer Team Member

  • Able to design original artwork for postcards and flyers
  • Able to create new designs for our resale merchandise
  • Ability to express your creativity for new ideas and designs.
  • Ability to work on your own, at your own pace, while being mindful to the needs of others and deadlines
  • Ability to work under the direction of a Project Manager or in collaboration with others

This job can be done completely from home and requires of your time, approximately 10 hours per month.

This is an Associate Executive Committee position.  While you may participate if you wish, it is not mandatory to attend quarterly board meetings.

All Committee members are encouraged to support the organization by volunteering at Spring Games, our largest fundraiser, held annually each June.

The following are duties and expectations of the Publicity Coordinator:

The Publicity Coordinator will offer guidance and support for projects performed by Publicity Coordinator Assistant(s).

The Publicity Coordinator will build and maintain strong relationships with journalists, local media outlets and develop new awareness campaigns.

This position will require writing press releases for BHRSC events, fundraisers, soliciting volunteers and engaging the media in coverage of BHRSC events and campaigns. The Publicity Coordinator also will work to secure sponsorships for major BHRSC events (2-4 per year).

BHRSC is looking for someone with PR or advertising experience, organizational skills, and exceptional communication skills who can take responsibility for and make recommendations on the PR outreach of the organization.

The Publicity Coordinator reports directly to the President.

This position sits on our Executive Committee and requires participation in meetings via conference call two times per year and in-person meetings, also twice each year.

Coordinators are specifically encouraged to support and volunteer at our annual Spring Games event held in June. If you cannot attend Spring Games you will be asked to volunteer at another event that year.

 

BHRSC is an all-volunteer organization and this position requires 5-10 hours per week.

BHRSC is looking for an organized, detail-oriented data hound with experience working in CRM databases and writing reports or queries – with a nonprofit background a plus!

The main responsibilities of this position will be managing user access, adding new fields and updating menus, plus writing reports/queries and uploading, downloading and potentially analyzing data. This volunteer will be in charge of keeping all data clean and consistent.

The hours for this position average about a few hours a month, with more possibly needed once or twice a year during busy times.

BHRSC is looking for special projects writers with experience composing news and/or feature articles – an understanding of writing for fundraising a plus!

The main responsibilities of this position will be working on articles for our print newsletter twice a year (assigned in February and September) and occasionally our monthly e-newsletter. Topics range from informational pieces about our operations and hound care to light-hearted features about events, holidays and our volunteers and supporters.

Other projects come up throughout the year, sometimes on short notice, that require writing focused on fundraising asks for hounds in immediate need of expensive rescue and care.

The hours for this job may range from 10 hours a month (at peak times twice a year) to less than two hours per month most of the year. However, there are plenty of opportunities to be more actively involved in our planning and writing for special projects if personal time allows!

BHRSC is looking for an organized, creative project manager with experience communicating to specific audiences via print media.

The main responsibilities of this position (with guidance from the organization president and donor development coordinator) will be planning two 8-page newsletters per year. Planning tasks include calendar management, content direction, message crafting, article assigning, editing and writing, if desired.

This volunteer will drive the entire newsletter timeline twice a year, working with other team members to coordinate content, page layout, design, printing, mailing, etc. Any experience writing or directing fundraising content will be a huge plus!

For each newsletter, this position requires an initial planning phone call of about one hour (two months before the print deadline), followed by approximately one to two hours of planning per week until deadline, with several hours needed the week of final approval.

The Owner Intake Facilitator is the BHRSC representative who coordinates, meets and may need to provide emotional support to the surrendering hound owner.

This job requires contact via phone and/or e-mail with the surrendering owner and the receiving/intake BHRSC contracted veterinarian facilities.

This job does require travel time to and from BHRSC contracted veterinarian facilities.

The time this job requires will vary based on need.

Associate Executive Committee Member: attendance at quarterly meetings is optional.

Duties will include:

  • Coordinating hound intake date and times between the surrendering owner and the receiving facility.
  • Meeting the surrendering owner at the receiving facility & acting as liaison between surrendering owner and facility.
  • Obtaining copies of available veterinarian records provided by surrendering owner.
  • Taking possession of any in-kind or monetary donations and redirecting them appropriately.
  • Keeping the designated BHRSC members apprised via e-mail as to the status of the hound being surrendered.
  • Mailing the copied medical records to the BHRSC Record Coordinator.

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