Be a Volunteer

Being a volunteer with the WEP is so rewarding. We need help in many areas! If you have an interest in any of these, or have a specialized talent that can further our mission of education and awareness, please

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Here are a few of the volunteer positions we need on an ongoing basis:

Events Team

We are all over Southwest Florida! Join our Events Team and become one of Trouper the Blind Raccoon’s entourage! Tasks could include helping children with Trouper Crafts, selling WEP products for our financial support, setting up and tearing down event space, talking with visitors about the mission of WEP, and more.

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Educational Presenters

Are you a great public speaker with a passion for the environment and wildlife? Why not become officially trained as a WEP Presenter. This is perfect for former or current educators who love children and want to educate them about their world. We have bookings for our material all over Southwest Florida and we’d like to expand beyond this region. If you are in another state, let us know if you’d like to participate.

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College Student Volunteer Opportunities

Attention FGCU Students — WEP is now an approved service-learning partner of Florida Gulf Coast University, so the volunteer hours you serve with WEP count toward your graduation requirements. The WEP page on the FGCU Service-Learning database is here:

Before performing your volunteer service for WEP, please remember to fill out and print your FGCU Service-Learning Agreement and Verification Form, which you can do here:

Of special interest are:

Writers – Students from writing-related majors such as journalism, public relations or English are needed to write for WEP’s website, promotional materials and other published materials. Students pursuing environmental, biology, or education majors may be considered to write ongoing educational blog postings.

Marketing and Public Relations – Students with major in these fields needed to help WEP with fundraising and public awareness campaigns.

Assistants for Presentations – Student volunteers are needed to assist when WEP makes public educational presentations and lectures at schools, public festivals, nursing homes, children’s camps, special needs classes, and other public opportunities. Duties may include distributing literature, having guests sign a mailing list, lifting boxes to transport materials, and helping arrange the public into an orderly line as they wait to personally meet Trouper the Blind Raccoon at presentations. Depending on skill set and level of interest, more opportunities could develop.

Volunteer Criteria and Expectations:

• All volunteers who work in areas where there is contact with children will be required to be background checked.
• Very few people are handlers to Trouper the Blind Raccoon. There should be no expectation that anyone other than trained individuals will be allowed to care for him.

Why I Volunteer with WEP

By Judith Shields Louis

Call it serendipity. Call it karma. Call it just dumb luck.

At a book signing on Sanibel Island in March 2012, I fell in love. A neighbor had already been to the local book signing taking place and called me, telling me I’d regret it if I didn’t hop in my car ASAP and go. Well, I went, and was enchanted with what was there. My new love was 2 years old, 10 pounds, furry, and masked. His name was Trouper, and he was a blind raccoon.

Trouper was in the arms of his mom, Dot. And accompanying them was Kyle, the author of Trouper’s book. Trouper’s story was a real tearjerker!

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