Become a Volunteer
The Wildlife In Need Center (WINC) admits as many as 3,000 wild animals a year so we need your help! From handling admissions and answering phones, to providing hands-on routine care for injured adults and orphaned babies, to providing a safe place for our patients to start a new life, as a WINC Volunteer you can make a difference in the lives of our wild neighbors everyday. Download Volunteer Brochure here. Short on time? Not to worry, [click here] to make a donation to help cover the costs of food, medicine, housing, and outreach.
Youth Volunteer Opportunities
Baby Bird Feeding and Care We receive hundreds of hungry orphaned baby birds from May to September that need lots of quality care. If you are at least 14, you can help provide the attention and care that each bird needs to return it to the wild. If you are 12 or 13, you can team up with an adult to help us with our baby birds. You must be committed to working one four and a half hour shift each week for about eight weeks. For more information, read our Introduction Letter to the Baby Bird Feeding program and Baby Bird Feeder FAQs:
- 2018 BBF volunteer application & release
- Attend a Baby Bird Feeder Orientation
Our 2018 Baby Bird Feeding program has come to a close, but please check back in early Spring 2019 for Orientation dates!
Is your child too young or busy to be a Baby Bird Feeder? Check out our Kids Helping Wildlife page to see other ways that they can help wildlife!
Adult Volunteer Opportunities
If you are interested in helping our staff with routine wildlife care, including food preparation, medical care, and cage cleaning, then Animal Care is the place for you. You must be 18 years of age or older and be able to commit to one four to five hour shift weekly.
Office and Phones
If you enjoy talking with people and want to learn a lot about native wildlife, you should consider working in our office. You will be trained to handle calls from the public regarding “nuisance” animals, sick or injured animals, and natural history questions. Not sure about the phones? There are always administrative duties that help keep the Center running smoothly as well.
Maintenance & Grounds
The facility and the cages that surround it are in constant need of maintenance. Anyone who can swing a hammer, saw a board, or turn a wrench is very welcome. Our grounds also include garden areas that need green thumbs and seasonal maintenance.
Fundraising & Marketing
Without money, we would not have the facility, food, or medicine for our patients. Fundraising volunteers work on various projects throughout the year including banquets, sales events, and public presentations.
We currently do not accept volunteer applications (in any of our volunteer areas) for court ordered community service hours. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Ready to join us? To become a WINC volunteer, you must:
- Fill out and return a 2018 adult volunteer application & release
- Attend a volunteer orientation – See upcoming dates below!
All Volunteer orientations are held at the Wildlife In Need Center.
Please RSVP by calling 262-965-3090
Upcoming Volunteer Orientation Dates
- Monday, January 7, 2019, from 6:30pm – 8pm
- Saturday, February 16, 2019, from 9:30am – 11am
- Wednesday, March 27, 2019, from 6:30pm – 8pm
*Please note we do not host adult volunteer orientations in November/December & April/May/June, as that is the start of our busy season.*