ABOUT PETS ARE WONDERFUL SUPPORT (PAWS) FOOD BANK & BECOMING A VOLUNTEER:
The PAWS Pet Food Bank is the very first service provided by the PAWS program of Shanti Project and has been in operation since 1987.
The Food Bank provides PAWS clients with a supplemental allotment of pet food, litter and a variety of pet supplies (e.g., toys, treats, collars, leashes, carriers/crates, etc.) every month. This basic but essential service can often mean the difference between our clients meeting their own nutritional needs and sacrificing their needs to feed their animal companions, or being able to keep their pets in their lives at all.
Many of our clients are unable to come to the Pet Food Bank due to their disability. We rely on the generosity and commitment of volunteers to deliver food and supplies to all of our homebound clients. That’s where you come in!
Deliver bags of pet food/supplies to 8-10 homebound clients in SF neighborhoods
Delivery team consists of two people (a driver and a rider) - you must choose your own rider (friend/family member/partner) anyone you feel comfortable with during COVID
On the day of your shift, you will pick up the delivery routes and bags from the PAWS office, and deliver items to all the clients in that route
Client address and contact information will be provided in each delivery route
Shifts take around 2-3 hours to complete
Minimum age of 18 years old
Must have your own vehicle, current driver’s license, and proof of insurance
Able to lift up to 30 lbs
Must be able to walk up and down stairs and/or use elevators
Comfortable driving to any/all neighborhoods in SF
Choose your own rider (friend/family member/partner) anyone you feel comfortable with during COVID
Volunteers do not enter client’s home
Volunteers will social distance- 6 feet apart
Volunteers will wear a mask, gloves, and sanitize frequently
WHEN & WHERE:
Saturdays 10AM - 1PM. Volunteers can elect to be on-call status or commit to one Saturday per month
Starting at the PAWS office in the Mission District and going to clients’ homes in various neighborhoods in SF
HOW TO APPLY:
Please submit an application here: https://www.tfaforms.com/4755427
If you have any questions, please contact Volunteer Services at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other ways to support the PAWS Pet Food Bank?
Donate much needed items* including: dry & canned cat food (especially Fancy Feast), dry & canned dog food (especially Cesar’s), treats (especially cat treats), poop bags, clumping cat litter, leashes, toys and clothing (especially for small dogs.)
*We accept food in its original packaging that has not passed its expiration or 'Best by’ date, and new or clean, gently used clothing and supplies .
Shanti enhances the quality of life, health and well-being of people living with life-threatening illnesses, including Breast Cancer and HIV/AIDS.
Founded in 1974 by Dr. Charles Garfield, Shanti has been at the forefront of a growing national movement to enhance the quality of life for persons living with life-threatening or chronic illnesses by providing volunteer-based emotional and practical support.
Shanti is a Sanskrit word meaning "inner peace" or "tranquility". It is an appropriate name since, ultimately, all of Shanti's direct service and educational programs are aimed at easing the burdens and improving the well-being of people in difficult life situations.
Key to the success of Shanti's mission is the Shanti Model of Peer Support, which is both a philosophy and a set of techniques that are used throughout our work. It is a way of being with another person that frees both parties to be fully who they are and communicate their feelings to one another. It is a way of being which allows two persons to meet as equals. It is a way of relating to others that is characterized by certain values and attitudes.
Definition of Peer We define peer as someone who is not necessarily like us in obvious ways, but is someone with whom we share a basic humanity; someone with whom we are equals. All people share universal human experiences. By virtue of this shared humanity, we are all peers. The Shanti Model of Peer Support is based on this equality.
Values Underlying the Shanti Model of Peer Support
empowerment of the client (the assumption that the client has the solutions to his or her own problems and does not need your advice of direction)
genuineness (being oneself, authenticity)
acceptance of differences (does not mean agreement, but acceptance based on respect)
empathy (allowing oneself to feel with another person)