2020 Canine Companions DogFest DFW Event Co-Chair

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Canine Companions for Independence

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DogFest DFW

Do you enjoy dogs? Do you enjoy fun festivals? Help us put dogs and festivals together and volunteer to coordinate an awesome event!

Canine Companions for Independence is looking for fun-loving volunteers to help organize a fun dog festival next year.

Responsible for the overall running of the DogFest event and managing the committee chairs. The DogFest chairperson is tasked with leading a committee of volunteers in the planning and execution of DogFest. They work in partnership with the regional staff and the national community events manager to ensure organizational goals are met and policies and procedures are followed. This Job Description is an overview of what a volunteer leader can expect when they agree to champion this position. To maximize impact, we’d like you to serve a two-year term, mentoring a Chair-In-Training (or vice chair) in year two.


Estimated 15 hours/week when establishing committee and strategy; 10 hours/week during planning stages; 20 hours/week in final month before DogFest.


  • Become familiar with all roles on the event committee and think about who you know that can fill specific roles. While building committees and identifying committee chairs, you should have succession planning in mind for the DogFest chair position as well as the committee chair positions.
  • Coordinate through your staff partner to determine the best committee structure for your event, working together to first identify and then recruit volunteers for key committee roles.
  • Utilize your volunteer recruitment chair and coordinate with your staff partner to help fill committee and subcommittee positions.
  • Encourage each subcommittee chair to recruit a team of volunteers to help them execute their part of the event (no committees of one).
  • Mentor committee members as they carry out their areas of responsibility.
  • Lead meetings and ensure progress is being made. Historically, the most successful events have a strong group of volunteers on the committees, hold regular meetings and communicate on a regular basis!
  • Ensure any and all expenditures are pre-approved by the staff partner prior to incurring an expense. Failure to receive pre-approval may result in the expense not being reimbursed by Canine Companions / DogFest and becoming the responsibility of the individual purchaser.
  • Monitor timeline to ensure committee chairs are on track.
  • Facilitate committee discussions and work with your staff partner to help volunteers find solutions to challenges.
  • Serve as a spokesperson in the community to promote DogFest and recruit participants in the form of sponsors, teams and individuals.
  • Serve as an organizational point person for media on event day in collaboration with Canine Companions for Independence staff partner, the DogFest publicity chair and the vice chair - outreach (if applicable).
  • Partner with your staff partner and vice chair - operations, if applicable, to determine goals in the areas of sponsors, teams, revenue and volunteers recruited.
  • Discuss with Canine Companions staff to ensure venue paperwork, permits and other use-type logistics are completed.
  • Create event committee roster with names, roles and contact information and disseminate to the committee.
  • Set meeting schedule (recommended: every two to three weeks, weekly in last month prior to event).
  • Create meeting agenda and ensure meeting minutes get out to committee and staff.
  • Work with the staff partner to ensure committee chairs have appropriate parts of DogFest handbooks to assist them in their role. Start with the job descriptions.
  • Join webinars for support, troubleshooting, brainstorming and best practice sharing.
  • Provide feedback on the DogFest model and the experience of being the DogFest chair upon completion of your DogFest so we can fine-tune the model for next year.
  • Communicate with staff partner at least twice per month to ensure DogFest is on track.
  • Communicate with committee regularly in whatever manner deemed appropriate for specific roles.
  • Send monthly committee update to staff once a month to report progress towards goals, successes and challenges.
  • Show appreciation for volunteer committee by recognizing those who go above and beyond.
  • Create opportunity to recognize your DogFest committee at the ceremony during DogFest.
  • Ensure timely and meaningful recognition happens towards key sponsors, team captains and fundraisers (utilizing your committee in most cases).
  • Send hand-written thank you notes to your committee chairs (Canine Companions will provide note cards).

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About Canine Companions for Independence


7710 Las Colinas Ridge, Irving, TX 75063, US

Mission Statement

Canine Companions for Independence provides highly trained assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities. Canine Companions has training centers across the country and boasts 1,900 active graduate teams nationwide. Canine Companions has placed 5,000 teams since the organization’s inception in 1975.


Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship.

People with Disabilities
Veterans & Military Families


We'll work with your schedule.


7710 Las Colinas RidgeIrving, TX 75063



  • Event Management
  • Event Planning / Management
  • Fundraising
  • CSR / Volunteer Coordination
  • Community Outreach
  • Organization




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • Estimated 15 hours/week when establishing committee and strategy; 10 hours/week during planning stages; 20 hours/week in final month before DogFest.

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