Volunteer With The Gabriel Foundation

Volunteers Make Toys for the TGF Flock

Volunteers make toys for the TGF flock

We have many daily, weekly and monthly tasks that make a complete difference in the lives of the flock at The Gabriel Foundation.  We welcome the interested public, rescue, sanctuary, welfare organizations, veterinarians and members to participate in hands-on care of the aviary and the birds.

TGF willingly provides its materials to interested volunteers to distribute appropriately in their local area. The Foundation has developed a volunteer training manual for training, teaching, educational and safety purposes.

General Volunteering Information

We have great need for daily volunteers to assist at our Aviary & Adoption Center in Elizabeth, Colorado.  We have a long list of volunteer work and projects that match your experience, available time, goals and interest. Daily shifts available for volunteers are 9AM – 12PM and 1 PM-4PM.

Many volunteers work directly with our birds:

  • Changing / examining papers
  • Food & water distributions
  • Cage & flight inspections
  • Food preparation
  • Distributing toys for the birds cages and environments.
  • Leading or assisting with public outreach events (Petco, Chuck & Don’s, local nursery’s etc.)
  • Conducting Aviary tours
  • Bird transports

We also have plenty of non-bird-related tasks, including:

  • Making toys for the birds cages and environments.
  • Facility cleaning
  • Organization or construction duties
  • Grounds cleanup
  • Putting away donated items
  • Flight maintenance
  • Performing runs to retrieve donated food, newspapers, or large items.
  • Data entry & clerical work

Volunteer Requirements

  • Volunteers be at least 12 years old, and volunteers 12-16 years old must be accompanied by a parent or adult.
  • Volunteers must attend an orientation session before starting, these are typically held on the first Saturday of the month.
  • Volunteers are required to commit to volunteer 3 hours (1 shift)  per week or 6 hours (double shift) biweekly for 6 months.

Volunteer Application

  • If I become a volunteer, I agree to a six month commitment of 3 hours a week or 6 hours every other week.
  • As a volunteer, I will attend orientation, training and continuing education programs
  • As a volunteer, I will be reliable, dependable and professional while representing TGF

I agree to the above conditions and wish to apply to volunteer.

A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who has generously given their time. You are all appreciated – TGF is fortunate to have you on our team!

For information on extended visitor volunteer opportunities with The Gabriel Foundation, please click here.

For anyone wishing to read more about the concept of animal Welfare VS Animal Rights (see our previous post this morning), you may download a short article from our dropbox, shared with permission:

www.dropbox.com/s/tpufsnp1xkyrgms/Animal%20Welfare%20VS%20Animal%20Rights.docx?dl=0
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For anyone wishing to read more about the concept of animal Welfare VS Animal Rights (see our previous post this morning), you may download a short article from our dropbox, shared with permission: 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tpufsnp1xkyrgms/Animal%20Welfare%20VS%20Animal%20Rights.docx?dl=0

Thoughts for a Sunday morning.
With much bird and animal tragedy in recent news stories, we often feel helpless about what can we do. How can we help? If we care about animals' welfare, how does that label us? Clarity on the differences between Animal Welfare and Animal Rights is a good place to start. Understanding how we evaluate animals' care when we apply the Five Freedoms for TGF's flock is central to our approach to our birds' welfare. What do you think? Share your ideas and photos with us about what these concepts mean to you. webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20121010012427/http://www.fawc.org.uk/freedoms.htm
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Thoughts for a Sunday morning.
With much bird and animal tragedy in recent news stories, we often feel helpless about what can we do. How can we help? If we care about animals welfare, how does that label us? Clarity on the differences between Animal Welfare and Animal Rights is a good place to start.  Understanding how we evaluate animals care when we apply the Five Freedoms for TGFs flock is central to our approach to our birds welfare. What do you think? Share your ideas and photos with us about what these concepts mean to you. http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20121010012427/http://www.fawc.org.uk/freedoms.htm