Volunteer Application

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for FOJA! Please complete the application below so we'll know about your interests and get to know you better!

By filling out this application, you are consenting to FOJA contacting you about upcoming volunteer opportunities and general information about becoming a volunteer. Should you wish to not receive information, please contact us and we will remove you from the volunteer list.

Please read the FAQs below to ensure you are applying for the right volunteer opportunity for you.

Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering

Do FOJA volunteers get hands-on with the animals?
No. FOJA volunteers do not NOT work directly with animals. We are a fundraising organization that supports the municipal shelters in Duval County. We do not accept animals or send them to foster. Sometimes, we hold events with adoptable dogs present. In that case, you need to be both an ACPS approved volunteer as well as a FOJA volunteer to handle animals.
If you are only interested in volunteering with animals, do not complete the FOJA application below. Instead, fill out the city's online application: http://volunteerexternal.coj.net/auil/default.aspx. (Note, you can be a volunteer for both FOJA and ACPS. In that case, complete both applications.)
Can I use high school/college/community service hours with FOJA?
Maybe. FOJA events are scattered throughout the year and not held on a regular basis, so we may not be able to fill those hours in the timeframe you need. If you are underage, our opportunities are limited. See next question.

Can I volunteer if I'm under 21 years old?
Technically, yes. However, many of our events are held at establishments that serve alcohol and may have an age restriction. For under 18, our opportunities are currently pretty limited, but we are looking into forming a “FOJA NextGen” to start our younger animal lovers in fundraising, but it is only in its beginning stages. You are encouraged to fill out the FOJA application, but be aware it may be many months before we have opportunities for you.
Age rules for volunteering:
18-20 yrs old are able to volunteer at events held in establishments allowing under 21
16-17 yrs old may volunteer with Parental Waiver signed and emailed back to FOJA
14-15 yrs old may volunteer with Parental Waiver signed, emailed back to FOJA, and parent present during volunteering
Under 14 yrs old are not able to volunteer
* indicates required
Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer unaccompanied by an adult. Children under 14 are not allowed to volunteer. See Age Rules above.
Volunteers 18-20 are limited to volunteering at non-bar establishments. Volunteers age 14-17 require signed Parental Consent form (see link noted under Age Rules above). Under 14 cannot volunteer.
ACPS approved volunteers have gone through the city background check, and ACPS volunteer orientation.
By clicking YES, you acknowledge that you understand FOJA doesn't work directly with animals and you won't be handling animals at any FOJA events at which you volunteer. If you are looking to volunteer with animals, see FAQs above.
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