Updated: Jan 12, 2019
It is officially 2019 and time to get to work on those New Year’s resolutions! If helping animals (and getting your children involved in the process) is somewhere on your list, we need you! Misty Eyes has a great program to get kids started… the Misty Eyes Junior Volunteers.
Volunteering is a great way to get our youth into a giving and compassionate mindset, and to develop a sense of empathy and responsibility. Through fostering with Misty Eyes, my own children have learned so much, and they both love that feeling that we are performing a valuable service for animals, and our community in general! These habits will likely last a lifetime, and it is so worthwhile, not to mention that many colleges will want to see what their applicants have been doing to serve their communities.
Currently, there is a JV program for kindergarteners through fifth-graders, but we will also be starting a program for sixth- through tenth-graders soon. The K-5 group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month to have fun while learning more about cats and dogs.
One of the main focuses of the JV program is learning how to be a responsible pet owner. The JV group will also plan and carry out a fundraiser each year, make animal crafts, and play games. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about careers working with animals from guest speakers, and possibly take some field trips to local veterinary clinics and more.
The upcoming dates and topics are as follows:
· Jan. 17 – create pine cone bird feeders
· Feb. 21 – careers with animals, with two guest speakers
· Mar. 21 – pet-related crafts to take home and learn about spaying and neutering
· Apr. 18 – responsible pet ownership/meet our kittens
· May 16 – responsible pet ownership/meet our puppies
· Jun. 20 – field trip to Nature Valley Farm.
Junior Volunteers will need to fill out a JV application, photo release, and liability waiver when they attend their first meetings. We will also most likely be enlisting the help of our JV groups to create a T-shirt design. Then participants will be able to purchase a T-shirt for $10 or earn a free one after participating in six classes within a year.
Children ages 10 and older may be dropped off for the meetings, while parents will need to remain on-site with younger ones. Parents do not have to participate in the meetings (unless they want to help), but can hang out in the lobby, make themselves comfortable, and use the wi-fi.
If your children are interested, sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4aa9a729a13-junior4. We are really excited to get more students involved and grow our youth participation!
We should have the program for students in grades 6-10 program going within the next few weeks as well. I'll be in charge of the first few meetings, but then I will need someone to take over to lead and teach the group, plan activities, etc., with my help and support. Those interested in participating in the program and adults who would like to volunteer with the older JV program can email me for more info at Lynn@MistyEyes.org.
UPDATE: The first JV meeting for grades 6-10 will be Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the center. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4aa9a729a13-junior6 . Future meetings will be the fourth Tuesday of each month.