Weekdays are when volunteers are most needed
Lagoa-based animal association Jardim da Aryel is in desperate need of volunteers, founder Irene Nunes has told the Resident.
Be it to help care for the over 200 animals in its care or to man its charity shop in Parchal, the association is calling on anyone with a little bit of free time and a love of animals to help out.
“We are in most dire need of volunteers on weekdays,” Irene told us. “Even if just for a few hours, any help is welcome.”
The association’s lack of volunteers has become even more serious now that its only paid worker has taken time off for personal reasons, leaving its shop with no option but to close at times as no one is available to man it.
Speaking Portuguese helps but is not mandatory to work at the shop, according to Irene.
“We’ve had a German woman who didn’t speak Portuguese work at the shop and it turned out fine. All the items have their prices on them, so it’s just a matter of being there to collect the payment,” she said.
The store, located on Rua Infante de Sagres in Parchal, is open in the morning (10am-1pm) and afternoon (2pm-5pm) on weekdays, and between 10am and 1pm on Saturdays. Proceeds from its sales go to Jardim da Aryel as well as Monchique-based animal association SOS Animais Sem Futuro.
Volunteers are also needed to help out at the Jardim da Aryel shelter, particularly during weekdays from 8.30am to 12.30pm.
Anyone who would like to volunteer for the association can contact it via its Facebook page ‘O Jardim da Aryel’.
Regarding the future of the shelter, which was brought into question last year when the landowners announced their plans to sell the land, Irene said she is hoping to share some good news very soon.