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 – Have fun and help raise money and awareness to support Canine Companions. A variety of positions available.

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 or fax to (631) 561-0231.

Foster Sitter – Interested in fostering a Canine Companions puppy or dog in the program?

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the following forms & submit them to:

Danielle Drazen
Volunteer Coordinator
286 Middle Island Rd.
Medford, NY 11763

Volunteer Application Form
Volunteer Agreement Form
Volunteer Consent & Release Form
Volunteer Media Photo Consent Form
Volunteer Public Interaction Guidelines
Volunteer Standards Form

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

Capital Chapter Contact - Maryland/Washington DC/Northern Virginia:  Cara Miller, Chapter President
Connecticut/Western Massachusetts Contact: Linda Donnelly, Area Contact
Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island Contact: Leslie Zelamsky, Area Contact
Long Island Chapter Contact:  Pam Recchio, Chapter President
Maine/New Hampshire Contact:
Kathy Mandsager, Area Contact
New Jersey Chapter Contact:  Pat Redden, Chapter President
Old Dominion Chapter Contact - Central/Southwestern/ Eastern Virginia:  Beverly Bouse, Chapter President
Philadelphia Chapter Contact:  Liesl Townsend, Chapter President



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