Make a difference by volunteering your time and talents
to Canine Companions for Independence!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Canine Companions for Independence. We are very grateful for the volunteers that help our organization make miracles happen. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Dorm HelperDo you enjoy cleaning, organizing and decorating? Do you have a passion for home repairs?  You can help keep the Miller Family Campus a clean, beautiful place for our students, staff and visitors. Weekdays only.

Event Support – Groups and individuals can help support our events! Canine Companions has various events throughout the year that rely on volunteer support and leadership. Have fun and meet wonderful people while helping Canine Companions fulfill its mission. Opportunities may include: event planning committee, refreshment providers, registration, outreach, ushering, or other duties.

Foster Sitter – Care for a Canine Companions puppy in program in your home. This opportunity could range from one day to two weeks.

Front Desk Reception – Train to answer the main Canine Companions phone line and transfer calls. Greet guests as they walk through the front door.

General Office Support Work with our dedicated staff at the Northeast Region in a professional yet casual environment. Volunteers with general office and computer skills are needed to assist with mailings, data entry, filing, making copies, creating spreadsheets and other projects. Weekdays only.

Graduation Support – Help at Canine Companions Graduations that take place four times a year.  See graduation dates.

Puppy Raiser – Assistance dogs aren’t born, they’re raised. Raise a puppy for Canine Companions. If you are ready for rewarding experience, consider raising a puppy. The Northeast Region is currently accepting applications for new puppy raisers.  Email completed application to Lauren Ferraioli, Puppy Program Manager or fax to (631) 561-0231.

Team Training Lunch Provider  - Individuals receiving assistance dogs are required to attend an intensive, two week training on our campus. While attending training, these individuals will stay in our dormitory. During that time  volunteers provide lunches to the class. Volunteers may bring catered food or they may cook meals. Lunch is served to approximately 35 people.

Puppy Transporter   - Provide transportation from the airport to Miller Family Campus. All pick-ups are scheduled ahead of time.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email:

Northeast Region Volunteer Opportunities
286 Middle Island Rd.
Medford, NY 11763


The Northeast Region is proud to be represented by the following volunteer chapters:

Capital Chapter Contact - DC/Northern Virginia/West Virginia: Erin Scranton, Chapter President. Visit us at:
Chesapeake Chapter Contact - Maryland/Delaware: John Rogers, Chapter President. Visit us at:
Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island Contact: Debra MacKenzie, Sr. Director of Development-Northeast Region
Lehigh Valley Chapter Contact: Jane Nagy, Chapter President. Visit us at:
Long Island Chapter Contact: Pam Recchio, Chapter President
Maine/New Hampshire Contact:
Arika Zielfelder, Area Contact
New Jersey Chapter Contact: Michael Saverino, Chapter President.  Visit us at:
Old Dominion Chapter Contact - Central/Eastern Virginia: Bryna Brennan, Chapter President. Visit us at:
Philadelphia Chapter Contact: Liesl Townsend, Chapter President.  Visit us at:


Copyright © 2016 Canine Companions for Independence, Inc. All rights reserved.