We are always looking for volunteers!

Individual or Family Volunteer Opportunities

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available depending on your skills, schedule, and interests.  Volunteers help with daily barn and grounds cleaning from 9:00 AM to Noon.  This involves sweeping barns, cleaning stalls and other farm chores as needed.  Don’t worry if you don’t have experience working with farm animals or in a farm setting. We have a volunteer orientation to get you started.  The orientations are held a couple times a month where you can sign up, come to the farm and receive hands on training on learning how to do the daily chores.  This process gives you better idea of what we do and how to do it and whether or not this opportunity is right for you.  After you have completed volunteer orientation, should you decide this opportunity makes sense for you, you will receive a link to sign up.com and you can schedule your volunteer days when you are available and there are openings.

You can also help out at our events (Open Barn Days, Thanksgiving for the Turkeys, and more) or just help with daily cleaning and maintenance tasks as your schedule permits.  Please note that because of the nature of the work and inherent risk of farm work, all volunteers must be 18 years old unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

To get the process started, simply complete the volunteer form request using the link below.  You will then receive via the email you provide a volunteer application and some additional information.  Complete the form and return as instructed, via email or physical hardcopy can be mailed in as well. Please allow a couple of weeks after we receive your application and then expect to be contacted to set up a volunteer orientation.  

Click this link to request a volunteer application

Corporate or other Group Volunteer Opportunities

If your Company or Group would like to spend a morning or afternoon volunteering at Sunrise, we would love to have you!  The project will depend on the need at the time.  It could include general grounds clean up, animal enclosure clean up and maintenance, grooming, painting, etc. Just email us with specifics, name of your Group, approximately how many would be volunteering and time frame (i.e. specific days of the week, times, etc.) and we will get back to you to set something up.  This information can be emailed to sandy@sunrisesanctuary.org.  Thank you so much for consiering Sunrise Sanctuary for your volunteer hours and we look forward to hearing from you.

If you have additional questions  please contact Sandy Horvath sandy@sunrisesanctuary.org.


Volunteer Testimonies

“The moment I turn into the Sunrise driveway, I am overwhelmed with a feeling of calm. It’s quite magical. I thought volunteering would be my way of giving back to these remarkable souls and fuel my journey, but I quickly learned, the animals at Sunrise are the givers. From the Muscovy and Pekin ducks, to the giants Wesley and Danny, simply being in the company of these sentient beings is the true gift. I am humbled that I get to spend a few hours a week in the presence of these kind, gentle spirits who are the true ambassadors of peace and love.”  Kelly M.

“One thing I love about Sunrise Sanctuary is that all the animals get along with each other. Since I’ve been volunteering I’ve been able to see and experience each of their personalities. Each animal is unique and special in their own way. You can’t help but fall in love with all of them.” Megan S.

“Volunteering at Sunrise is something I look forward to, to get out of the city for a while and just reset. Sunrise is a safe haven for these amazing animals and I’m glad to be a part of that. I love that some of the animals recognize me and lean against me to say “hello”. It’s the best reaction I can ever receive. My heart is always full when I’m here and it’s a good feeling to have when you see the animals appreciate what you do for them. Rowan, Moo, and Wesley are my main boys and they know it!”  Taylor S.