How You Can Help
As the famous expression goes, “Two heads are better than one”, we would like to add “and the more hands the merrier!” We cannot do it alone. Not only do we rely on monetary contributions to survive, but we also need extra manpower (and woman power and child power LOL), as well as tons of extra brain power. Here are some of the many ways you can help.
Ways to Send Money
Well, this is probably the easiest one to do and Donations make the strongest, most direct impact of any form of assistance. You can mail us a check via snail mail to The Barnyard Sanctuary at PO Box 167, Blairstown, NJ 07825, or you can simply click on the donkey picture to the right to make a donation using a credit card, debit card, e-check or PayPal. And, YES, we are a 501(c)3 tax deductible non-profit. Just think, if you have to give it away anyhow, would you rather give it to Uncle Sam, or the animals?
Become a Barnyard Guardian/Sponsor An Animal
Becoming a regular monthly donor is the absolute best way to help us the most. Having a strong foundation for our monthly budget makes it so much easier for us to take care of all our animals. And now, it has never been easier! Just click on the page tab above, called ‘Barnyard Guardians’. Choose the animal(s) you wish to sponsor and decide how you wish to pay. Then click on the donkey to the right to setup payment. Make sure you fill out and mail or scan/email the Guardian application back to us so that we now how to apply your payments.
How to Volunteer
We need so many volunteers it’s mind boggling. There is feeding, cleaning, lugging stuff, egg gathering, organizing, ordering stuff, office work, weed pulling, planting, greeting guests, putting up caging, pickups/deliveries, guided tours, security, etc. No matter what your specialty is, or what you like to do, I’m sure we can find something. Responsible teens are welcome to volunteer alone, little and middle ones need an adult to supervise. If you are interested in helping, give us a call to see what we need at that time.
Some of the services we could use are the obvious ones that pop into everyone’s mind, such as accounting and legal. However, here are a few more that are just as important, such as grant writing, public relations, blessing of the animals, daily bookkeeping and record keeping, answering the phone, typing and filing, sign making, machinery repairs, printing, carpentry, plumbing and electric, fencing, farming and many more. If there is something you are good at, we’re sure we could probably use it! Just give us a call.
So, your time is limited, or you are allergic to animals, but still want to help? Then maybe fundraising is for you. Check out our fundraising page as a starter. Share our site with all your friends. Best of all, invite them to become a Barnyard Guardian, as that is where you could help us the absolute most! In addition, we need people to help with the basic fundraising “tried and trues”, as well as to come up with some interesting new ideas. Come on, all you moms whose kids have gone off to college! Turn your past 12 years of fundraising experience to a new cause. Maybe a mud wrestling contest in the pig sty?
dog houses, lumber, tools …
There are numerous things we could use that you might have laying around gathering dust or weeds, such as dog houses, chain link or woven wire dog kennels, verikennels, lumber, food bowls, lawn equipment, tools, hoses, buckets, etc. If you have something you think we could use, give us a call. If need be, we can even come take it down or pick it up (oh, there’s another volunteer job we forgot to mention).
used ATV’s, golf carts, gators …
We can use new (we wish) or used ATVs, golf carts or Gators, etc for running around in. We would like to have horse and/or tractor drawn hayrides on the farm, so if you have a spare tractor or big wagon just laying around, we wouldn’t tell you no.
garage clean-ups that help the animals
Best of all, when you donate something to us, you are helping the animals, as well as yourself. Your yard and garage will be cleaner, and we will give you an official letter stating what you donated for tax purposes. Now, if you REALLY want to clean out your garage and donate your pickup truck or mini-van, that would be even better! Seriously though, even a roll of paper towels, gallon of soap or bleach, or a box of garbage bags is one less thing that we don’t have to go out and buy. Every drop helps.