Our volunteers have something to smile about.

We offer opportunities to learn and grow so all of our volunteers become familiar with our facility and staff, receive world-class training, and have the opportunity to explore many different volunteer roles within the organization.

Come Join our Family

At Southeastern Guide Dogs, we’re thankful for an army of volunteers who make it possible for us to better serve our students and graduates. With their help, we can continue offering a lifeline of freedom and independence that otherwise wouldn’t be possible for our students — at no charge.

Our Volunteers assist staff all over the organization, from working with the puppies and dogs or helping our administrative staff in a wide variety of positions at our main campus in Palmetto. Our volunteers are as different as can be in personalities, backgrounds, and talents, yet they all have something in common: generous hearts. If you’d like to join our family, we have plenty to do!

We ask all volunteers to commit to a minimum of six months of service, helping in weekly shifts lasting two to four hours. Our volunteer shifts vary in day of the week or time of day, but all volunteers start out in one of our “entry-level” roles:

  • Kennel Helper: kennel cleaning, diet preparation, and doggy baths
  • Grounds Helper: weeding, planting, and painting
  • Administrative Helper: front desk assistance, special events, and kitchen help

After 25 hours of service, volunteers become eligible to attend additional trainings and progress into more intermediate and advanced-level roles. You can also always get involved on our Palmetto Campus by raising a future guide dog puppyhosting a Breeder, or getting involved in Walkathon!

If you are under 18, please check out our Youth Volunteer Opportunities to learn more about the ways you can help the dogs and puppies!

Please read through all of the FAQs at the bottom of this page before applying!

**Note: We have a wonderful dilemma. We are currently undergoing extensive construction and have indefinitely suspended new volunteer onboarding. While we cannot take on more volunteers at this time, we do have a waitlist for interested individuals. If you would like to be placed on our waitlist, feel free to complete the volunteer application.  Please understand we are unsure of when we will re-open to taking on new volunteers, but will be assessing our needs every few months.**

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Volunteer Opportunities FAQs - Read on for answers to our most common questions!

  • How old do you have to be to volunteer at the Southeastern Guide Dogs campus?

  • How do I become a volunteer at Southeastern Guide Dogs?

  • Does Southeastern Guide Dogs offer volunteer opportunities for groups or corporations?

  • Is there a dress code for volunteers?

  • I work full-time, can I still volunteer?

  • I have a short-term service project/requirement that I need to fulfill – Can I do this?

  • What kind of volunteer duties can I expect to perform during my time at Southeastern Guide Dogs?

  • Are there any volunteer positions that will allow me to train or assist in training a guide/service dog?

  • Can I bring my child/family member/other person with me to my volunteer shift?

  • Can I take a dog/puppy home for the weekend without being a campus volunteer?