Monthly Work Parties

Monthly Work Parties

Volunteer at the Shelter

Like the idea of spending time outside, gathering with like-minded people for a worthy cause, and hanging out with lovable farm animals all in the same day? Sign up for a Volunteer Work Party at Farm Sanctuary’s New York or California Shelters!

Work Party Goals
The Farm Sanctuary Volunteer Work Party provides compassionate folks with a fun, positive opportunity to meet new friends, pitch in with chores and projects, spend time with rescued farm animals, and learn more about our sanctuaries and efforts to protect animals from abuse.

Work Party Chores
Work party chores and projects are determined according to our greatest and most timely needs. All work party days are devoted to activities that help us operate our sanctuaries, contribute to the success of our education and visitor programs, and further our campaign and fundraising efforts on behalf of farm animals. Farm chores and projects may include activities such as shelter maintenance and beautification (e.g., cleaning, raking, painting, and gardening) or administrative activities like stuffing envelopes. Work party chores are not glamorous and may be physically demanding and/or repetitious; however, every task assists us with carrying out our daily mission of rescuing, protecting, and caring for farm animals in need.

Work Party Logistics

Watkins Glen, NY

  • The Watkins Glen work parties are hosted on the second Saturday of each month, April through November.
  • Due to hazardous and unpredictable weather, volunteer work parties will not take place in December, January, February, and March.
  • Work parties begin at 9 a.m., with a mandatory volunteer orientation, and end at 4 p.m.
  • All volunteers receive a complimentary tour of Farm Sanctuary during their visit.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to bring a vegan dish to share for a work party potluck lunch. This is a great time to get to know other compassionate individuals. If you have any questions about vegan food, please let us know and we would be happy to help.
  • Due to the nature of shelter work, we may not be able to accommodate groups of 6 or more. Large groups will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Orland, CA

  • The Orland work parties are hosted on the second Saturday of each month, April through November.
    • Due to hot weather, volunteer work parties will not take place in July and August.
    • The November work party will be held on November 15.
  • Work parties begin at 9 a.m., with a mandatory volunteer orientation, and end at 4 p.m.
  • All volunteers receive a complimentary tour of Farm Sanctuary during their visit.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to bring a vegan dish to share for a work party potluck lunch. This is a great time to get to know other compassionate individuals. If you have any questions about vegan food, please let us know and we would be happy to help.
  • Due to the nature of shelter work, we may not be able to accommodate groups of 6 or more. Large groups will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Acton, CA

  • The Acton work parties are hosted on the third Saturday of each month, year round.
  • Work parties begin at 10 a.m., with a mandatory volunteer orientation, and end at 4 p.m.
  • All volunteers receive a complimentary tour of Farm Sanctuary during their visit.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to bring a vegan dish to share for a work party potluck lunch. This is a great time to get to know other compassionate individuals. If you have any questions about vegan food, please let us know and we would be happy to help.
  • Due to the nature of shelter work, we may not be able to accommodate groups of 6 or more. Large groups will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Underage Volunteers
For important safety reasons, individuals aged 12 to 17 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in order to work inside any animal housing barns.

Children under 12 are not allowed to volunteer on the shelter.

Work Party Sign-up
If you are interested in participating in a Volunteer Work Party, please help us learn more about you and any special skills you would like to share by filling out a volunteer application. After we receive your application, one of Farm Sanctuary’s volunteer coordinators will contact you directly about signing up for an upcoming work party. You are welcome to encourage family and friends to join you in volunteering, however each person in your group does need to fill out the application in advance. Volunteer Work Party reservations are not confirmed until you are contacted by a Farm Sanctuary volunteer coordinator.

If you would like additional information about our Volunteer Work Party opportunities, please email bthompson@farmsanctuary.org or call 607-583-2225 ext. 274.