LOCAL PEOPLE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Top five volunteer
opportunities this month.
LEAGUE has been protecting the county since
1934. Become a member
and support efforts to
keep Marin a unique,
beautiful and healthy place
to live, work and play.
DRAWBRIDGE, a local
nonprofit offering art
classes to homeless and
needs your support to
bring creativity, joy and
hope to children.
OCEAN RIDERS OF
opportunities for disadvantaged children by
connecting them with
horses and teaching environmental stewardship.
BLOOM is a nonprofit
organization that accepts
donated clothes and
money to help provide
wardrobes and life skills
training to men, women
and families transitioning to a self-reliant life.
THE CANAL WELCOME
CENTER Founded to welcome and support Marin’s
immigrants, the center
works with low-income
Marin families to advance
their social, cultural, and
➤Volunteer with Elder Wise and visit a
senior in San Rafael, Tiburon, Mill Valley
or Novato. jtm-esc.org/elderwise
➤Friends of Mt. Tam needs your outdoor
skills. Help out and be a docent for the visitor center, become a hike leader and guide,
support Astronomy Nights or sign up to be
on the trail crew. friendsofmttam.org
➤Contact Hamilton Families, a service
supporting families with re-housing pro-
grams, and help kids ( 4–11 years old) with
➤Do you love horses? Are you good with
kids? Join Halleck Creek Ranch and help
its therapeutic horseback riding program
in Nicasio by grooming, leading and tack-ing-up horses and side-walking riders.
No previous horse experience required.
➤Educate the public about the importance of the local water system by
volunteering at the Bay Model Visitor
Center in Sausalito. Answer phones, lead
tours, or help in the bookstore.
1What drew you to take the job as WildCare’s executive director? With 25 years of experience in
the nonprofit world, where I gained extensive knowledge in animal welfare, nonprofit fundraising and
management, I felt ready to step into a leadership position. I was seeking an organization with a passionate
and engaged board, a skilled staff and a volunteer base
of people who share a desire for impactful work, and a
community of supporters whose values are similar to
mine and the organization’s.
2What is it about animal welfare and advocacy that interests you? The more I’ve learned about
animals, their behaviors and their rich emotional feelings as individual beings, the more I’ve been drawn
to help them. Helping those who are unable to help
themselves, in WildCare’s wildlife hospital; being an
advocating voice for those who cannot speak for themselves; and educating people about animals and nature,
I believe, are important and vital parts of a humane
and ethically responsible society.
3 Have you always been passionate about animals? I’ve been passionate about animals for as long as
I can remember. But that passion took something of a
backseat until my experience in Korea of seeing a dog
farm, with dogs in cages that were destined for a dinner
plate. I was transformed from someone who loved his
o wn pets to someone who needed to be part of the solu-
tion in helping all animals.
4 How does WildCare help our local animals and community? All of WildCare’s programs work
together to help people live well with wildlife.
WildCare’s wildlife hospital provides high-quality
medical care for nearly 4,000 ill, injured and orphaned
wild animals every year, with the goal of releasing them back into the wild. Over 80 percent of the
patients we treat are found and brought to our facility
by members of the public. WildCare is also a tremendous educational resource for our community.
5How can the community best support WildCare’s goals, mission and services? You can support
WildCare by bringing injured and orphaned animals to
our wildlife hospital, by visiting us in person and online,
and by sharing the resources we offer with family,
friends and neighbors. Utilizing WildCare’s extensive
knowledge and experience can help you protect and
care for the wildlife in your backyard and beyond.
WildCare’s new executive director,
Vaughn R. Maurice, is a 50-year-old
Rohnert Park resident who got his start
at the American Red Cross. He has 25
years of experience in nonprofit and
animal welfare and advocacy work.