Celebrating National Volunteer Week 2022

Each year, the Wildlife Center of Virginia takes time to celebrate and honor the selfless, talented individuals that make up our corps of volunteers – happy National Volunteer Week!

During the Wildlife Center of Virginia’s 40-year history, incredibly valuable contributions to the fields of wildlife medicine, environmental conservation, and education have been made. We’ve treated more than 85,000 wild animals, trained more than 1,000 wildlife veterinarians, and reached more than one and a half million people worldwide through educational programs and experiences – none of which would have been possible without the dedication, talents, and heroic efforts of our volunteers!

So far, during 2022, volunteers have given an impressive amount of their time and energy to the Center throughout multiple departments:

Administration Volunteers: 181 hours logged
Treatment Team Volunteers: 353 hours logged
Rehabilitation Team Volunteers: 301 hours logged
Apprentices: 77 hours logged
Volunteer Transporters: 262 individuals registered

In total, our volunteers have contributed 912 hours of unpaid labor – plus an unknown number of miles driven during patient rescue and transport -- to the Center during 2022, asking for nothing in return. 

If you are one of the individuals who has volunteered at the Wildlife Center since our founding 40 years ago, we want to extend our heartfelt thanks! Because of you, the Center has been able to teach the world about wildlife and the environment -- and why they matter -- to this and future generations. This week and throughout the year, we celebrate you!

How to join the National Volunteer Week celebration this week:

  • Leave a “thank you” message for a Wildlife Center volunteer online: the Wildlife Center currently has Critter Cam cameras in multiple locations inside the hospital and in outdoor enclosures; we provide three live feeds. A moderated discussion is shared for all three channels. Click here to join the conversation.
  • Sign up to volunteer: Learn more about volunteering opportunities and get involved.
  • Share your volunteer experience: Are you a proud volunteer, past or present? Share a photo or story with us on social media! Be sure to tag the Center, and use #NationalVolunteerWeek, too!