The volunteer community is growing at an incredible rate in the Hampton area, but it’s not just the young people who are making it a success.
It’s also the older ones.
“When I was a kid, we had to go on missions,” says Amy Dabrowski, who runs a volunteer-based charity called the Greater Hampton Animal Rescue.
“Now it’s become a thing where we volunteer for all kinds of things, and people can come to the rescue and help out in a variety of ways.”
Dabrowsky started volunteering for the Greater Hamptont Animal Rescue in 2010 after she was diagnosed with a rare bone disease called CTE.
She says that, at first, she was only volunteering for a few hours a week.
But by 2014, she’d seen a huge increase in her number of clients.
“I’ve been really happy with my work,” she says.
“The first thing I noticed was people wanted to know what I did.
They’d ask for help.
And the first time I showed up, they would come up to me and say, ‘I’m so grateful for you!'”
Dabwski says that the volunteer community has grown in popularity since her diagnosis.
She hopes to continue to expand it, and in doing so, make a positive difference for animals in need.
“It’s really a wonderful community.
I love that it’s open to all people, and that it has this amazing atmosphere that allows people to connect and share their stories, their experiences, their hopes and dreams for the future,” she explains.
Dabunski says she’d like to see the volunteer scene expand beyond the city.
“I want to see a larger community come together, because this is a fantastic, fantastic community, but I also want to keep it local, so that it doesn’t become too big and it doesn.
It needs to be smaller,” she adds.
“We need more people like Amy who are going to come out and volunteer for whatever they can.
It can be as little as a few minutes, as long as it’s a long-term commitment.”
Dabowski volunteers at the Greater Kent Humane Society, which offers free veterinary care, shelter, and socialization programs for pets.
The Humane Society was founded in 2006, and has since expanded to include several other local shelters.
“We’ve been able to offer free veterinary services to the general public for free since 2006, but now that we’re part of the GreaterHampton Animal Rescue, we are able to do that even more,” says Carol Williams, Executive Director of the Humane Society.
Williams says that when she first started the Humane Association, the organization offered a free veterinary clinic to anyone who wanted to come to visit.
“It was the first one we offered,” she notes.
“But then we just expanded it to a few other shelters.”
Williams says she’s noticed a growing interest in volunteering in the area.
“People who live in the surrounding areas, they want to go and volunteer in the community, so they’re coming to the shelter to do the same,” she admits.
Williams adds that the volunteers have some very important responsibilities.
“If they can go to the local hospital and get their checkups, then they have a good chance of making it back home,” she stresses.
“There are lots of things that can go wrong in a vet visit, but if they can make it back, they’ll make it right.”
The Humane Society says it has over 1,300 volunteers, which includes some of the largest names in the veterinary field.
“The most important thing is that they’re committed to the community,” Williams adds.
“Our volunteers are there every day, and we do everything we can to make sure they get back home as soon as possible.”
She adds that she thinks that people in the hamptons want to be involved in helping the animals.
“People love animals.
I think it’s really important to get involved in the local community,” she concludes.
“And they want people to be there, to see them and do something.
It will really help them in their day-to-day lives.”
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