Group Volunteer Projects
Thank you for your interest in helping the homeless animals at BARCS. There are many ways that your group can make an impact and help us save lives. Walking dogs to supply drives, there are projects for groups of all types and sizes.
BARCS Around Baltimore: Come take a dog (or dogs!) out for a morning/ afternoon on the town! Get coffee, share an ice cream or just go for a stroll along the harbor all while promoting adoption! This activity is currently offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays only and limited to groups of 15 or less. All volunteers in your group must be 18 years or older, have valid health insurance and be physically able to handle large (50 lbs +) and often energetic dogs.
**BARCS Around Baltimore is a popular group activity and may have a longer waiting time for scheduling than the other group activities listed below. BARCS Around Baltimore is not eligible for volunteers seeking mandatory service hours.
Form a Team for BARCStoberfest: BARCStoberfest is our largest annual fundraiser and features a 5K run and walk and an all day pet-friendly festival. Groups like yours can form a team and fundraise together to help our animals. BARCStoberfest takes place annually in late October, but team registration and fundraising begins in the spring!
Hold a Wish List Donation Drive: Our wish list provides much-needed supplies to our shelter and our animals and can be found at https://barcs.org/donate/#our-wish-list. Collect donations, set up a drop-off date, load up your donations and bring them over to BARCS! Stay for a tour or schedule another time for us to visit you in appreciation of your generosity.
Host an Office, Church or Group Fundraiser: Things like “jeans days,” raffles and bake sales can generate much-needed funds to help us care for the over 12,000 animals who come to our shelter each year. If you plan to host a public fundraising event, like a happy hour or percentage of sales day, our events and fundraising team will help guide you in making the event a success. After your event/fundraiser, schedule a tour or visit from BARCS in appreciation of your generosity.
BARCS Fundraising Events: From BARCStoberfest to bingo, crab feasts, golf tournaments, wine tastings, Pawject Runway and so much more, we host several major fundraisers throughout the year.
Shelter Maintenance: Volunteers help us with both indoor and outdoor cleaning and maintenance of our shelter. Tasks include shoreline clean up, weeding, lawn maintenance and indoor deep cleaning of our floors and walls. It’s not a glamorous day of volunteering, but it’s important to the health and safety of the animals we serve!
Schedule Your Group
To arrange for your group to volunteer at BARCS, please complete our online Group Volunteer Project application. Please make arrangements at least two weeks in advance of the date you are requesting. Keep in mind that not all dates will be available. Thank you very much for your support and willingness to help. We couldn't do our work without you!