Volunteer Club Supports Evanston’s Furry Friends

January 28, 2015

In January, Center for Independent Future's Volunteer Club gathered to do a project in support of Evanston's neediest pets. Volunteers made and decorated cat and dog toys to donate to the Evanston Animal Shelter

Volunteer Club had a wonderful time making pet toys two years ago, and volunteers were excited to give back to animals in need again. To make cat toys, the group decorated ping-pong balls with colorful pictures and messages. The group made dog tug toys using fleece, cutting the fleece into two-inch thick strips and then braiding three strips together.

Becca Kaplan, the CIF staff member who coordinates Volunteer Club, and two dedicated volunteers, Lindsay and Sandra, visited the shelter to drop off the toys. When they arrived, they were greeted by enthusiastic Evanston Animal Shelter volunteers who shared more about the work of the organization and the cats and dogs they care for. Lindsay and Sandra were excited to meet a little kitten named Elsa, who had boundless energy. Lindsay gave her one of the ping-pong ball toys and little Elsa pounced on it and chased it around the room! It is always rewarding to see CIF's Volunteer Club efforts come to life.

Many thanks to all of the volunteers who contributed time and effort to these projects! We look forward to the fun and collaboration of future service opportunities. Please contact Becca at bkaplan@independentfutures.com if you are interested in learning more or if you have ideas for ways our volunteers can give back to the Evanston community.

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