Tip #7 – Bring Coffee to Volunteer Events
Bring coffee or other beverages for volunteers at animal rescue events. Volunteers sometimes don’t take a break for hours at events and having a warm or cold beverage can be a real lift for the spirit.
Today’s tip might seem like a really simple gesture, but in my years of hands on animal rescue work this is one thing that people did that really stuck with me. It’s a perfect, sweet way to tell someone that you are thinking of them and that you are giving a thought to their comfort as a person. I remember when North Star Rescue was operating a temporary rat shelter, one we started up in the winter in San Jose at Andy’s Pet Shop, volunteers and well wishers would drop off handle jugs of coffee from Pete’s Coffee or Starbucks along with cups and lids. Let me tell you, when you woke up before the sun to start work sweeping up a hundred pounds of rat poop, a nice cup of coffee is no longer just a cup of coffee. It’s a hot reminder that someone cares about what you are doing, and that they care about you too.
Many days found me on the road, transporting animals and picking them up from different shelters or locations. A typical day of driving for me took me around the Bay Area and I’d generally be spending at least five hours in the car to get between each different stop. A friend who volunteered with the rescue gave me a gift certificate for A&W, having noted that I was a big root beer fan, and that became a nice thing to look forward to when a transport took me through the North Bay and the A&W drive through.
Next time you want to do something special for someone who volunteers for animal rescue, think of the little creature comforts. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it just as much as I always have.