Established in 2000
Over 1,100 Goldens Rescued

Great Rescue


G.R.E.A.T. Volunteer Opportunities

So you’d like to help but aren’t sure how? We have many volunteer opportunities available, some working directly with our Goldens, others working with the public during fundraisers, sponsoring rescue-related event, or donating goods for rescue fundraisers. Your time, talents and treasures are invaluable to the work that we do, and any way you would like to help us would be GREAT-ly appreciated! Complete our Volunteer Application to become a GREAT Volunteer.

Volunteer Opportunities for Adults

  • Data Entry: Data entry assistance is needed from time to time.
  • Donation Pickup: GREAT needs people who can pick up donations in the greater Jacksonville area.
  • Event Help: Assist at one of our events by helping to set up/take down, man registration/check-in table, work in a booth, etc. For more information on our events throughout the year, see our Events page.
  • Event Transport: Pick up and transport tables, pools, auction items, and other items to our events. For more information on our events throughout the year, see our Events page.
  • Flyering: Post flyers at area businesses to promote events as well as to seek fosters and adopters.
  • Foster Care: Fosters are desperately needed to provide safe, loving homes to newly rescued Goldens. There are year round opportunities to be a foster. Learn more about being a foster.
  • Fundraising: GREAT needs creative, energetic people to assist and implement fundraising ideas throughout the year.
  • Golden Transport (Florida counties of Alachua, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwanee and Volusia; also south Georgia): Transport previously evaluated and approved Goldens from area shelters to rescue vet’s office. Must have valid drivers license, auto insurance, good driving record and a vehicle large enough to transport dogs up to 115 pounds. Transports are mainly conducted during weekdays (9am-3pm) and occasionally on Saturdays. (No small children or personal dogs may accompany transport volunteers.) One of our board members will contact you to inquire of your availability as the need arises.
  • Grant Research and/or Writing: Experienced in grant writing? We are looking for people to help out in this area. Know of grant/funding opportunities for which we may qualify? Please let us know.
  • Graphic Design: Create flyers, posters, brochures and web graphics.
  • Hospice Foster: Caring for elderly or terminally ill Golden Retrievers who have no hope for adoption, but deserve to have quality end-of-life care. Nothing could require more patience and love, and reap more reward, than providing hospice care for a Golden in need. GREAT Rescue will continue to fund the medical needs of these dogs for the duration of their care.
  • Photographer: An event photographer is needed to capture our golden moments!
  • Silent Auction: Contact area businesses to donate goods/services for our Silent Auction fundraisers, and pick up donations prior to events. (Jan.- Apr.)
  • Web: Assist with minimal website work.

Volunteer Opportunities for the Younger Golden Lovers

So you’re under the age of 18 and would like to help or need to fulfill a community service requirement? We would love to have you! Below are some volunteer opportunities. You will need to complete our Volunteer Application and have a parent or guardian sign it.

  • Assist at events.
  • Assist with mailings (stuff envelopes, adhere address labels)
  • Collect leashes, collars, dog food and treats, and toys for our dogs in foster care.
  • Collect monetary donations.
  • Make dog goody bags for our events (materials and goodies are supplied by GREAT).
  • Post flyers.
  • Solicit Silent Auction items.

If you have any questions, suggestions or would like additional information, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator.