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Without funding from the provincial government, we rely solely on our community, corporate sponsors and private grants for our financial needs. Fundraising is an extremely important role to fill and we need fun, creative and exciting people to plan and attend events at the centre and throughout Peterborough and the Kawartha’s. This includes attending booths, farmers markets, plant and craft sales, yard sales, etc.
KWC is a volunteer powered charitable organization, trying to do big things out of a very small facility. Our centre has less than 350 square feet of indoor space to treat and house our wildlife patients. The work is tremendously rewarding, but also taxing, and requires skill that takes time and dedication to learn and perform well. This means we operate with a small, dedicated crew of individuals, mainly with backgrounds in wildlife biology or veterinary medicine, who bring valuable experience to our wildlife care team.
While opportunities to volunteer directly with wildlife patients are limited, there are many ways to help!
Plant & Craft Sales
Our Plant and Craft Sales help fund our mission and directly support patient care; if you have a green thumb we always need help with propagation, and sourcing plants and materials. We have a roster of volunteer artisans that make crafted items for both patient use or to be sold at plant and craft sales. We are always looking for help running the sales, including set up, merchandizing, processing sales, and cleanup.
We have a very active education program and deliver our message to +1000 children and adults annually. We present several sessions to schools, libraries, clubs, senior homes, and different organizations all throughout the community. Volunteers present to these groups of all ages using our interactive table of pelts, skulls, moulds and books.
Junior Volunteers (age 16-18)
Junior volunteers can assist in many crucial areas around the centre. Managing the bug farms, feeder tanks and plants are all essential areas where junior volunteers can learn useful life skills and get an introduction to wildlife rehabilitation at KWC.
The Ministry does not permit anyone under the age of 18 to have access or contact with our wildlife patients.
Construction & Maintenance
Planning, building & maintaining enclosures, the gardens and managing projects at the centre like assembling perches, hides and enrichment for patients.
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