Every so often we will interview one of our volunteers. Learn why they volunteer, what they like about being a volunteer and advice they would give to new volunteers and more.
Here is our Q&A with Leah Riggle!
FANS: How Did you hear about Farmhouse and what made you decide to become a volunteer?
Leah: My mom told me about it, and I really wanted to volunteer with animals and help take care of them.
FANS: What do you do as a volunteer?
Leah: Previously I helped with cleaning routines and did a mural, now I do designs and any other kind of digital art formatting.
FANS: What is the most rewarding or your favorite part of being a volunteer?
Leah: Honestly, just making sure that I was able to help. All the animals on the farm are so well taken care of and they are so time consuming, so I am happy to do whatever I can in other departments since I’m not in Myakka anymore.
FANS: Which animal is your favorite at FANS and why?
Leah: Powder!!!! She is the cutest and spunkiest little misfit ever.
FANS: Does anyone else in your family volunteer at FANS? or elsewhere?
Leah: I had people in my class volunteer before, and my mom is connected to FANS with her non-profit, so they help each other out.
FANS: Do you work or go to school?
Leah: I recently graduated with a bachelor’s in art degree, with a digital media design concentration.
FANS: On average how often do you volunteer?
Leah: It depends on what is needed, since I am in school I cannot physically volunteer, but I do whatever is needed. So, it varies.
FANS: What other hobbies/interests do you have?
Leah: Art and cars! Note from FANS: Leah painted our very first mural on one of our supply sheds.
FANS: What pointers would you share with someone who is thinking of becoming a volunteer?
Leah: Wear some good shoes, be prepared for poop, and take a minute to really look at how beautiful these animals are.
FANS: If you could ask for one thing to help the animals at FANS what would it be?
Leah: Probably sheds, I know they need those