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Barn Sanctuary

20179 McKernan Drive

Chelsea, MI 48118

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Come Volunteer For a Day

Want to come volunteer at Barn Sanctuary but can't be a regular volunteer? Join us for an Open Volunteer Work Day!

Help our Care and Facilities teams tackle some of the larger projects at the sanctuary, and help us keep the barns clean for our rescued residents!

There are only 40 spots available for each volunteer day, so we recommend you sign up as soon as you know you can make it. You must register here to attend!

** NOTE: It is important for us to know how many people we can count on to be there. Please only sign-up if you are for sure planning to be there.


We will start our day promptly at 10:00 am and end at 1:00 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early to give yourself time to get signed in and allow us to go over the day’s projects and goals. Please park in the dirt lot on your right, across from the Barn Sanctuary sign. After the volunteer work ends stick around for a potluck lunch here at the sanctuary!


We will be hosting a small potluck following each work day that you are welcome to participate in! If you would like to take part, please bring a vegan dish to share. Out of respect for the animals we ask that, even if you are not personally vegan, you keep all food brought on to the property free of animal products. This means no meat, dairy, eggs, honey, gelatin or other animal-derivatives, please! (Should you have questions about a possible dish, just reach out) If you don't want to participate in the potluck, you’re welcome to bring your own vegan lunch to enjoy with us or you can leave at the end of the work period for lunch elsewhere. But, we would love if you stuck around to have some fun after all your hard work!


Bring clothes and shoes suitable for farm-related work (things that can get dirty). Volunteer activities will be outside, so please check the weather and dress accordingly. Volunteer days will go on in rain or shine unless the weather is very bad. We will notify everyone if it's canceled due to weather. Bring a reusable water bottle – water stations will be available for refills throughout the day. Please no open-toed shoes. Consider bringing a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, gloves, and rubber/waterproof boots. Please do not bring your companion animals for their safety and the safety of the animals at the sanctuary.


We ask that you do not bring any family members under the age of 14, or anyone who is not intending to work. We offer weekly tours for anyone who simply wishes to meet the animals or spend some time at the sanctuary. We ask that visitors not intending to participate in the volunteer work activities reserve a tour instead.

Please, no alcohol or smoking on sanctuary property at any time.

Some jobs may include heavy lifting or strenuous physical labor. If you have any physical limitations, please let staff know prior to the delegation of tasks so we can place you appropriately.

** Speed up your registration time the morning of by signing our waiver online here. You must both register on Eventbrite and sign the waiver separately.

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Barn Sanctuary

20179 McKernan Drive

Chelsea, MI 48118

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