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It’s easy, and incredibly rewarding to get involved!

Veteran’s Puppy for Life Organization needs your time, enthusiasm, and expertise to keep our organization running. Our organization is entirely volunteer operated, so your involvement is an essential component in allowing us to serve our veterans who served us.

We are always happy to find new volunteers. Check out our Volunteer Opportunities to see all the different ways you can help support the mission of Vet Puppy for Life. We’d like to help you find a way to volunteer that is just right for you.

Adult volunteers are always needed for any of the opportunities listed below, especially during times when we have many events. 

Youth volunteers are invited to become Student Ambassadors for Veteran’s Puppy for Life. Youth volunteers from 3rd through 6th grade must volunteer with an adult. Youth volunteers in 7th through 12th grade may volunteer without an adult. Any student under the age of 18 can become a Student Ambassador.

Groups of 3-15 people from businesses, clubs, congregations, and community organizations are invited to serve with Vet Puppy for Life for one-time events, or on an on-going basis.

A volunteer shift is typically from 2-6 hours. Specific volunteer shift times vary based on time of year and event. Each shift will depend on the event and role of each volunteer.

Fill out a Volunteer Application! Youth, adults, or groups interested in volunteering at Vet Puppy For Life must fill out an online application using the links below.

Submitting this application form does not automatically register you as a volunteer. Please ensure that you can fulfill the minimum time requirements (these are listed in the body of the applications) before applying to become a volunteer.

Special Event Volunteer

Duties: Help at VPFL events for a few hours or more. Volunteers can work on a single event, the same event each year, or multiple events as their schedules permit.

Special Event Coordinator

Duties: Help plan and run fundraising events on behalf of VPFL. Coordinators can work on a single event, the same event each year, or multiple events as their schedules permit.

Operations Volunteer

Duties: Help the Board of Directors get the word out about Vet Puppy for Life by assisting with letter
writing, brochure design, newsletter contributions and other special projects.

Ambassador

Duties: Help the Board of Directors get the word out about Veteran’s Puppy for Life by attending networking events on behalf of VPFL. Special events volunteers serve as an important link between VPFL and the community.

Student Ambassador

Duties: Student Ambassadors help both their own school and schools in their area plan and carry out fundraising event. Responsibilities of this position may include:

  1. contacting elementary, middle and high school student council representatives and/or teachers who may have an interest in conducting a
    fundraising event,
  2. helping students create promotional materials and plan the event,
  3. supporting students as they carry out fundraisers,
  4. recognizing the efforts of the student groups who complete a drive. This is ideally suited for older students looking for a challenging, on-going volunteer project.

Student Ambassador Program Coordinator

Duties: Vet Puppy for Life needs adult volunteers who are interested in helping high school age students who choose to become Student Ambassadors. This is a flexible position and it is perfect for people who can give a little each week.

Serve on Board of Directors

Duties: We are always looking for new candidates to join our Board of Directors. Board members serve two-year terms and meet regularly to discuss the organization’s goals and overall strategy. Different board positions have different levels of time commitments.

GROUP VOLUNTEERS

Without our volunteers, Veteran's Puppy for Life Organization cannot help veterans. We hope you will consider donating your time to helping us support our heroes!

Frank Griggs

FOUNDER & CEO

Since the inception Frank has guided the philosophy for VPFL from the first puppy who he purchased and trained at his own expense, Maximus Amicus Bodidlius “Bo”. From the beginning of attending “snap collar (aka choke collars) training he came to believe this was not an acceptable means of training for a service dog. Today VPFL does not allow snap collars (choke collars), pinch collars, e-collars (shock collars) or any fear-based training tactics. Frank’s philosophy is that a dog trained using fear-based tactics, will not react due to that same fear.

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Todd Huettner

BOARD MEMBER

As a dog lover and supporter of Veterans, he is a great addition to our Board of Directors with a sincere desire to see our organization grow into a premier PTSD Service Dog training program.

Todd lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife Jill and their three sons. An active member of the community, he has volunteered for many organizations including Junior Achievement and is the Chairman of the Denver Lambda Chi Alpha Alumni Association. He has a passion for positive coaching and has volunteered as a youth sports coach for 15 years through organizations from the YMCA to the Arapahoe Youth League, South East Denver Baseball, and the Catholic School Athletic League.

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Aria Suer

SECRETARY OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Aria is a native of Colorado and lives in Erie with her husband and four year old son. Growing up in Wheat Ridge, she developed a love for the outdoors, athletics, and animals. She received a Jesuit education at Regis University in Denver and further shaped the direction of her life. During her time at Regis, Aria learned the value of giving to the community and developed a strong sense of what she could do to make her community a better place to live. She received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Regis University. Some of the community projects she has participated in are suicide prevention awareness, Race for the Cure, Hogwarts Running Club, Colorado Pet Pantry, and now Veteran’s Puppy for Life.

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