The Farm Sanctuary Volunteer Work Party

The Farm Sanctuary is a 26-acre Southern California Shelter located on a beautiful hacienda ranch in Acton, just 45 minutes from Hollywood. In addition to providing shelter for more than 100 animals, Farm Sanctuary’s Animal Acres offers one-hour guided tours on Sundays and group tours are available by appointment. As well as guided tours, The Farm Sanctuary offers Volunteer Work Parties which provides compassionate folks with a fun, positive opportunity to meet new friends, pitch in with chores and projects, spend time with rescued farm animals, and learn more about our sanctuaries and efforts to protect animals from abuse. They take place on the second Saturday of each month and consist of a few hours of work (usually barn cleaning), followed by a potluck-style lunch (everyone brings a vegan dish to share with the group), then another hour of work, followed by an educational tour of the shelter. If, after attending a monthly work party, you are interested in volunteering on another day/time that works for you and the shelter (other than a work party), that can easily be arranged, since you wouldn’t need another orientation.

I have contacted the Sanctuary and currently there are no volunteers coming from San Diego on a regular basis. This is where we come in. I hope to volunteer at the April Work Party and would love to bring a group of compassionate vegans with me. Before looking into the linguistics, I wanted to see what the reaction would be with our group. So please leave a comment if you would like to help out!

http://www.farmsanctuary.org/get-involved/jobs-intern-volunteer/volunteer/#shelter

Location: 167 miles north of Balboa Park in San Diego.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    hi there. just wanted to make sure that this was still happening...with the date change and all...

    May 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      just a little confused, did i need to do this in order to be able to attend?

      May 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Got it. Thanks.

      May 17, 2013

  • Evan K.

    I wish I could go, but I'm on call for work this weekend and can't really leave town.

    May 13, 2013

  • Nichole

    I can't make the new date, unfortunately :(

    May 9, 2013

  • Aerinne M.

    So I received this email from the Sanctuary:

    Dear May Work Party Volunteers, I am very sorry for the short notice, but this month’s work party needs to be rescheduled. We are short staffed this month and in order to take care of all our animals’ needs and also provide you with a great volunteer experience, we need to push the work party back one week. This month’s work party will be held Saturday, May 18th. If you are free and willing to volunteer that day, we will be very grateful for your help! If you are not available, of course we understand. Please reply to this email and let me know if you would like to attend on the 18th. Here at Farm Sanctuary we greatly value our volunteers and I am deeply sorry for needing to reschedule. Please accept my apologies for this inconvenience. Thank you, Robyn Hawkes

    Can everyone still attend on the 18th?

    May 7, 2013

    • Aerinne M.

      Amanda and Nicole, are you able to go? I'm sure since they changed the date they will be pulling people from their waiting list.

      May 8, 2013

    • Nichole

      Hi Aerinne, unfortunately Amanda and I cannot make the 18th.

      May 9, 2013

  • Aerinne M.

    I've noticed that a few of you are curious on the carpooling situation. It looks like we have the following people with a confirmation letter from the Sanctuary: Jocelyn, Nichole, Amanda, and myself. If you have received a letter and your name isn't listed, please let me know. We need a final number by May 1st to ensure we have time to finalize a carpool. Bottom line: please respond if you have received a confirmation letter from the Sanctuary!!

    1 · April 20, 2013

    • Nichole

      :(

      April 23, 2013

    • Aerinne M.

      Thanks for letting me know Amanda. Hopefully you get a spot!

      April 23, 2013

  • Jolene M.

    I'm sorry that I can't attend. I hope that there will be future SD volunteer work parties that I can attend. Jolene

    April 20, 2013

  • Jeffrey C.

    I have a CNG van here in Escondido. If my hubby is not available to come I can take 6 passengers in my van. Fuel is cheap. $2.07 per gallon. It isn't luxury but gets you there. If you can meet here or pick you up in Oceanside not a problem.

    April 12, 2013

    • Aerinne M.

      Jeffery, have you received a confirmation letter from the Sanctuary yet?

      April 20, 2013

  • Kimberly B.

    My husband and I would LOVE to come, but would need to carpool with someone since we don't own a car. We're going to submit our application now, but just wanted to see if there were any spots available for two :) Thanks so much!

    April 19, 2013

    • Jocelyn L.

      I've only counted 6 people (including yourselves) that need a ride, and 10 available "spots" in other cars. I know Aerinne will put this all together officially, but i think you're good to go :)

      April 19, 2013

  • Jocelyn L.

    i just got my confirmation email and official RSVP :) I'm excited!!

    April 18, 2013

  • Essene

    I would love to participate if not too late but would need transport. Please advise when you have a chance. Thank you.

    April 13, 2013

    • Jocelyn L.

      Hi Essene, it looks like there will be a lot of available spots for carpool (Jeffrey Carvish below and myself each have 5 seats available) so i would recommend you submit your application to Farm Sanctuary now. I submitted mine two weeks ago and I'm still waiting to confirm my spot for the work party :)

      April 15, 2013

    • Essene

      Great I will do that today. Thank you.

      April 17, 2013

  • Helene

    Depends on my work schedule. Will know as it gets closer....

    April 14, 2013

    • Jocelyn L.

      Hi Helene, I would recommend getting your application to Farm Sanctuary submitted now, even if you might not be able to attend due to your work schedule :)

      April 15, 2013

  • Jocelyn L.

    i realize I'm chiming in late. Are there still spots available? If needed, I can drive (6 passengers)

    March 29, 2013

    • Aerinne M.

      You should receive a "May Work Party Confirmation" email as well. I'm going to confirm everyone with the Sanctuary before I begin to put together a carpool system. I'll keep you posted.

      April 11, 2013

    • Jocelyn L.

      I did not specifically indicate the "May work party" on my application (i wasn't sure if you were limited to #s and i wanted to submit my application regardless of whether or not i could be part of this event) so please be sure to ask them to look me up by name. Thanks Aerinne! I think this is a wonderful thing that you're putting together here!!

      April 11, 2013

  • Aerinne M.

    I'll need to know exactly how many people want to carpool within the next week or so. Just leave a message below!

    April 8, 2013

  • arlene

    R you guys on Facebook?

    April 5, 2013

  • Aerinne M.

    How many people have sent in their application already? If you haven't, please do so as soon as possible!

    March 21, 2013

    • Nichole

      Hey girl, I think I was able to confirm you with Farm Sanctuary - I gave your name to a "Becky" but she never got back to me with a final confirmation. But I think you're ok, I'll email Becky again to try to get an official confirmation.

      1 · March 26, 2013

    • Amanda

      Thx lady--you da bestest! xx

      March 27, 2013

  • Aerinne M.

    UPDATE!!

    Just heard back from the Sanctuary and their April Work Party just filled up! I apologize for the inconvenience, I wasn't expecting them to book up so quickly!! In order to hold our spots for the May Party, below is an application. Once they receive your application, your spot is reserved. Let me know when you send in the form so I can let the Sanctuary know you are with our group. I looked into renting a 12person van and it comes to be about $110 for the day. Estimating around $100 for gas, it should be about $20 a person. If gas is more, of course it will be a little more per person. Once 12 people have reserved their spot and let me know, I will book the van and just collect money the day of. Again I apologize, but I think its great that the Sanctuary has so many volunteers!! http://action.farmsanctuary.org/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&SURVEY_ID=4441

    --Aerinne

    March 6, 2013

    • Jared M.

      I'd suggest collecting any and all payments prior as without a commitment, people might not show and then those who do would have to pay more to make up for the lost funds.

      March 8, 2013

  • Alan P.

    Sadly, I have a work committment on May 11.

    March 6, 2013

  • Alan P.

    Let me know if a group of 5 is too many. I'm so excited for this! I've been wanting to visit a farm sanctuary since going vegan 2 and a half years ago.

    March 5, 2013

  • Aerinne M.

    Just an update:

    The official time for the work party is from 10a-4p (this includes work, lunch, work, and finally a tour). I am currently looking into renting a van for the day, so if anyone has any hookups with rental companies, please let me know! I'm trying to keep costs for gas and van rental to about $25-$30 a person. I hope to have everything finalized by next Friday, so please get back to me ASAP if you can help with the van rental.

    Thanks!!

    March 5, 2013

  • Katelin G.

    I am interested for sure if i can carpool with someone. i can't afford the gas to go there.

    February 26, 2013

    • Aerinne M.

      More information to come on logistics!

      1 · February 26, 2013

    • Nichole

      Yeah, I would need a ride too - my friend who was going to drive me can't make it.

      February 27, 2013

  • Jared M.

    All things considered, when might the MeetUp officially end? X hours of work, hour for lunch, hour of work, and a tour = end time of....? I'm sure they would know, right?

    February 27, 2013

  • Alan P.

    YAY!!

    February 26, 2013

  • Katelin G.

    I also wonder if we all have to be up to date on our tetanus shots before going?

    February 26, 2013

    • Aerinne M.

      Although the Sanctuary does not require a tetanus shot, if you would feel more comfortable having one beforehand, I would definitely recommend it!

      February 26, 2013

    • Katelin G.

      ok, thanks :)

      February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I look forward to it!

    February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do they have an age requirement? I have an eager vegan 8 year old that would love something like this :)

    February 26, 2013

    • Aerinne M.

      Unfortunately the Sanctuary cannot accommodate volunteers under the age of 12. I've contacted them again to find out more information, so I will keep you posted!

      February 26, 2013

  • Nichole

    Yes! I've been wanting to do this for a while, can't wait!

    1 · February 26, 2013

  • Aerinne Morisoli changed the date and time to Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    February 25, 2013

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