Volunteer



The success of our organization depends on the dedication and hard work of our volunteers. As such, a volunteer spotlight appears in every newsletter, and the names of our volunteers are entered into regular prize draws.

The following volunteer opportunities are currently available.

Foster Family

FRES relies on the love and compassion of foster families to care for the ferrets rescued by, or surrendered to, our organization. Potential foster families must go through the same screening process as our potential adopters with the added requirement of becoming a member. Our foster families are varied in their experience with ferrets and FRES will match a foster ferret to your experience. Being a foster family is a 24/7 job. Sometimes it is heartbreaking, but the joy of seeing a ferret recover from an illness, play and "dook" for the first time, or begin to trust humans is the ultimate reward of fostering. We are in need of foster homes that have previous ferret experience and are able to work with ferrets with special medical and behavioural issues. If you have no previous ferret experience you will not be declined but you may have to wait longer for us to find a fit for a first time family.

PLEASE NOTE: At this time we are only accepting applications for foster homes that have previous ferret experience and are able to work with ferrets with special medical or behavioural issues.

Our approved foster families are responsible for:

  • caring for the foster ferret as you would your own
  • asking questions if you are unsure about any information related to ferrets, the foster ferret(s), or the Society
  • informing FRES of any medical problems/illnesses that arise during the fostering period
  • transporting the foster ferret(s) to and from their veterinary appointments as well as notifying FRES if the appointment needs to be cancelled and re-scheduled (you must have your own vehicle for tranpsorting ferrets to and from all appointments)
  • informing FRES when you begin to run low on any of the supplies we have provided for the ferret(s)
  • informing FRES if you are interested in adopting your foster ferret(s) as soon as you have made the decision
  • informing FRES if you are going out of town so alternate fostering arrangements can be made
  • fostering the ferret until the time of adoption (any exceptions are to be discussed with a FRES representative)
  • use the consumable supplies we have provided for FRES ferrets only

FRES is responsible for:

  • providing the foster ferret(s) with all basic supplies necessary to care for a ferret
  • bringing supplies to the foster home when we are notified that supplies are low
  • booking veterinary appointments for the foster ferret(s) as needed
  • addressing any of the foster family concerns about the foster ferret(s)
  • asking if you are interested in adopting your foster ferret(s) before allowing other potential adopters to view the ferret(s)
  • actively working towards finding the foster ferret(s) a loving, safe adoptive home if the foster family is not interested in adopting

If you would like to join the FRES foster team, please email volunteers@ferrets.ca.


Bingo Volunteers

Bingos fund a significant portion of the veterinary costs for our foster ferrets; they bring in thousands of dollars for FRES ferrets every year. But we simply can't continue to do Bingos with the handful of Bingo volunteers that we have. Each afternoon bingo requires 10-12 volunteers and 14-15 volunteers for evening bingos. Without this many volunteers, FRES cannot run the bingo. Without the bingos, our foster program suffers. We need you!

  • Volunteering is easy!
  • No experience necessary!
  • Anyone 18 years or older can volunteer; you don't have to be a FRES member!
  • No long-term commitment; even volunteering at just one Bingo will help tremendously!
  • Meet and have a great time with other volunteers who share your same interests!
  • Now a non-smoking environment!

Bingo Volunteer Positions

The list below is a brief summary of the duties for each position. These positions can be easily learned by volunteers, and is better done so at the time of the event.

Chairperson

  • Must be a FRES member
  • Ensure volunteers sign attendance form before starting their shift
  • Verify, record and sign for the cash floats and cards
  • Transfer and verify cash and cards to and from the paymaster, cashier and controller
  • Ensure financial/inventory control system forms are completed
  • Prepare cash in sealed bank deposit
  • Ensure rules are followed regarding prize payment and advise AGLC of any cheating or other problems

Paymaster

  • Must be a FRES member
  • Verify and record all cash transfers to and from paid staff and volunteers
  • Transfer cash prizes for each game to sellers/verifiers/money runner to award to the winners
  • Record all prize payouts

Bonanza/Special Games Controller

  • Must be a FRES member
  • Supervise card sales for Bonanza and Special Games
  • Verify and record the float and number of cards
  • Issue cards and floats to sellers, verify cash and cards returned from sellers and record on appropriate inventory control
  • Balance cash and card and ensure winners are paid correctly

Sellers/Verifiers

  • Count and sign for a cash float and cards
  • Sell cards to players
  • Return and verify cash and unsold cards to the controller
  • Verify declared bingo winners using a 2-way radio with bingo caller
  • Ensure winners receive the correct prize from paymaster/money runner

Satellite Game Controller

  • Must be a FRES member
  • Count and sign for all cards received from chairperson and hall advisor
  • Ensure all sellers verify and record cash and cards received
  • Verify, record and enter the cash float received onto computer
  • Count, balance and record all cash, float and unsold cards returned by each seller

Money Runner

  • Transport prize and prize receipt from paymaster to winner

 

Education Assistant

Work with experienced volunteers to educate pet store clientele about our Society, ferrets, and care required when owning a ferret. Work at various pet stores throughout the city if desired or those closest to your home. You must be comfortable working and interacting with ferrets and the general public, be able to act in a professional manner, and be attentive to those approaching our booth. Dress is casual.


Hotline Assistant

This is one of our more time intensive volunteer positions. Our hotline assistants are the frontline of FRES. They are responsible for checking our hotline on their assigned days of the week, returning the calls of potential foster families and adopters, completing pre-screen questionnaires with them, and passing the completed forms to the adoption coordinators. They are also responsible for redirecting other calls to the appropriate individuals within the Society. Casual hotline assistants are also required for holiday cover.


In-Home Assistants

Inspect homes of potential adopters to ensure it is ferret proofed, and to provide ferret proofing tips. See the FRES adoption process for more information about in-home assessments. A vehicle is required.


Event Assistant

To pull off a smoothly run event FRES has volunteers pre-assigned to cover all the areas for that particular event. Depending on the event, there are volunteer positions at the admission, merchandise, and raffle tables, game judges, photographers, gophers, greeters, and much more!


Product Analyst - Research & Development Team

FRES volunteers have worked diligently to develop their large range of merchandise but new ideas are always welcome. Product Analysts will be responsible for seeking out new and feasible merchandise ideas, corresponding with external liaisons, if necessary, to obtain supplier information, and presenting the ideas to the Board for budget approval. In some cases, the product analysts will also be responsible for finding crafty volunteers to make the merchandise or packaging the merchandise for sale.


Ferret Sitters

Ferret owners going on vacation need experienced ferret sitters. Ferret sitting is not a FRES supported venture, but is an agreement between the ferret owner and ferret sitter. FRES' involvement is limited to placing those in need of a sitter with those willing to offer this service. FRES does have a ferret sitting contract available but details need to be negotiated between the participating parties.


Sponsorship Assistant

As part of a team, you will help to increase member discount locations, event donations, and corporate sponsorship. If you would like to work from home and have access to the Internet, you can be involved in finding and gathering information on different grants for which FRES can apply.