Southeastern Guide Dogs Thanks Volunteers
PALMETTO - Have you ever wondered how many people it takes to raise and train a guide dog? Well, Southeastern Guide Dogs has figured that at least 368 people all have a hand in breeding, whelping, raising, and training the wonderful dogs they provide to the visually impaired at no charge. You may ask how they manage to do that, it is because of their large group of loyal volunteers. Close to 70 of those special people gathered at the guide dog school for a luncheon in their honor.
Addressing the volunteers, Titus Herman, CEO of Southeastern, stated, "We are so thankful for what you give of your time and your heart. You enable us to continue our mission of providing independence and mobility."
So far for the current fiscal year, Southeastern Guide Dogs' volunteers have logged 8,656 hours, which equates to approximately 150 hours per week or over $180,000. Volunteers have a vast range of responsibilities on campus, ranging from puppy hugging and dog walking, to manning the gift shop and giving tours.
Those who are interested in volunteering may attend Volunteer Orientation on June 28th at 10:00 a.m. Please call (941) 729-5665 to make reservations.
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