An Interview with our very own volunteer coordinator, Aimee McDevitt
Baypath’s development coordinator, Katy Kesselman, sat down with volunteer coordinator Aimee McDevitt for an exclusive look at Baypath’s volunteer program – through the eyes of the extraordinary volunteer who runs it!
When did you become involved with Baypath and begin this role?
I started as a cat care volunteer in 2015. When the volunteer coordinator role became available a year later, I inquired – and the rest is history!
What does a typical day consist of as volunteer coordinator?
I assess the needs of the shelter and schedule volunteers accordingly. My other responsibilities include volunteer correspondence, onboarding and training – essentially maintaining consistent and open communication while cultivating positive relationships.
Over the past year have any changes been made to the volunteer program?
The shelter cleaning program has become essential to the daily opening and closing routine at the shelter. Additionally, we rolled out the dog volunteer leveling program, which prioritizes the safety of both volunteers and dogs in shelter, while empowering volunteers by offering opportunities for growth.
If you were an animal at the shelter, what type would you be?
I would definitely be a senior cat – the ‘welcome wagon’ to incoming cats and kittens. I’d tell them not to be scared, because good people will care for them and help them find their forever homes!
Why do you choose to volunteer in this role?
This role allows me to be part of a team that I am constantly in awe of! The staff at Baypath are truly devoted to meeting the needs of every animal, as well as the community. Seeing volunteers in action at the shelter and knowing that the animals are in very capable hands brings me joy.
Any advice for readers considering volunteering at Baypath?
If you love animals, volunteering will be one of your life’s most rewarding experiences. It is also scientifically proven that working with animals benefits emotional, physical and mental health!