Giving of your time.
Giving of your abilities.
Volunteer at COMTREA
Events and FundraisersLearn more about our upcoming events and fundraisers
Be support staff for 5Ks, galas and dances, dinner theaters, auction nights, golf tournaments, fashion shows, and much more. Your role may include registering guests, selling raffle tickets, overseeing activities, and serving in other capacities.
Canine TherapyLearn more about Tails with tales Canine Therapy Program
Complete our canine therapy program to visit schools, health facilities, and attend community events with your personal canine.
Children's Advocacy CenterLearn more about the children's advocacy center
Be a greeter to incoming families, assist with caregiver paperwork, play with children following interview, assist with clerical tasks, plan fundraisers, and raise awareness in the community.
Domestic ViolenceLearn more about A Safe Place Domestic Violence Shelter
Raise awareness of domestic violence by volunteering at events and fundraisers. Contact us to learn about more opportunities to help end domestic violence in Jefferson County.
Complete the form below to get started. We will contact you to schedule a one-on-one interview to discuss your specific skills and interests, and identify a volunteer assignment for you.
On-going volunteers will be required to complete a TB test, drug screening, and background check. One-time volunteers for a specific event or function only need to complete the form.
Have questions or need help?
If you are interested in volunteering for this program after reviewing the information below, please contact Tails with Tales to request an application and return as soon as possible.
You will be required to attend weekly classes for a 6 week session. Should you be unable to attend the scheduled classes, your name will be held for the next session. Evaluations are good for one year.
To participate in an evaluation your dog must meet the following criteria. No exceptions will be granted:
- Completion of a 6 week formal basic obedience course with you
- Successful completion of the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test
- Successful completion of the American Kennel Club’s Community Canine Good Citizen test
- Your dog must be registered with the city or county of your residency
- The dog must have been in your care and possession for at least one year
- The dog must be between the ages of 18 months and 10 years old at the time of evaluation
- The dog must not have ever received protection or aggression based training
Scheduling for temperament evaluations are sent out a few weeks prior to the date of the evaluations. The evaluations will not only test your dog’s temperament, but it’s reactions to noise and other stimuli often encountered in the facilities we visit, along with your dog’s willingness to be touched, level of obedience skills, and how you and your dog work together as a team.
Not all dogs are suited to work in animal assisted therapy. Tails with Tales evaluates each interested team to determine their suitability for this program.
Dogs that display any of the following traits will be dismissed from the program immediately:
- Aggressive behavior toward people or another dog, which includes excessive barking, growling, snarling, lunging, and/or biting
- Displays of extreme fear or physical dominance
- Submissive urination, marking behavior or defecation
To participate in the evaluation, the handler will be required to submit proof of vaccinations, any pertinent health information, proof of successful completion of training courses, and passed AKC tests outlined above. Staff will review this information to ensure the dog is medically sound before beginning the evaluation. The evaluation is done in two parts.
First, the evaluator will gauge how well the handler and dog work together as a team. The level of obedience skills are also considered. The dog is tested for reactions to sight and sound, as well as the dog’s willingness to be handled from head to tail.
The second part of the evaluation involves a similar routine, but with the handler out of sight of the dog. The evaluation is done to determine the dog’s confidence level without the handler in the room. The evaluation is designed to test the dog’s reactions in situations that can be stressful and uncomfortable.
All handlers must be 18 years of age or older and willing to abide by the guidelines and rules established to provide a safe and happy experience for everyone involved. All volunteers are required to complete and pass thorough background checks. Handlers must agree to participate in one visit per month to retain “active” volunteer status.
Anyone can volunteer upon successful completion of the written volunteer application process. The process includes an application, personal references, a pledge of confidentiality, civil and criminal background checks and an interview. Adults ages 18 and older can have direct contact with the children.
Each volunteer must attend a brief volunteer orientation. Once volunteers have been trained, they will work with the Family Advocate to develop a schedule, if applicable. Because the CAC relies on the volunteer program, we ask that anyone considering giving their time, understand it is a serious commitment.
Anyone can volunteer upon successful completion of the written volunteer application process.
Volunteers are encouraged to express their service interests; A Safe Place staff will develop specific tasks for that individual based on their skills and interests.