Willamette Humane Society (WHS) is delighted to announce to our community that Kimber-Leigh Berg has accepted the position of volunteer manager. Her important task is to manage the growing volunteer-force of nearly 1,000 men, women, and youth who contribute the equivalent hours of 32 full-time staffers to care for the animals every year.
Kim was recruited from her previous role at WHS as Adoptions Supervisor. Her passion was making matches between adoptable pets and new families. Kim thrived on the art of “figuring out what people need in their lives and filling that niche with the right pet.” It’s also a talent Kim brings to the volunteer program, where she will help match volunteers with the right jobs for their passion and skills. “I want volunteers to receive as much from their experience as we as an organization benefit from their service” Kim said when asked about her vision for the program.
Kim is described as hard-working, personable, happy, and knowledgeable by her coworkers. Her interactions with others are warm and genuine, an evident trait of her weekly volunteer newsletter. Kim says the staff and volunteers at WHS are just “an extension of my friends and family,” and that’s the way she treats them.
BJ Andersen, who served as volunteer manage prior to becoming Executive Director, says “I worked really hard to make the WHS volunteer program the welcoming, enriching, effective environment it is today. Kim is the perfect person to keep it going in the same spirit and provide a seamless transition for those involved in or returning to volunteer service at WHS.”
Prior to her employment at Willamette Humane Society, Kim had already developed a strong customer service background from her positions at the Woodburn Dragstrip, and T-Mobile Customer Service Center in Salem.
Kim is a dog training expert, a hobby she became interested in after adopting her Corgi, Favorite, six years ago. Favorite knows 64 commands. Her other dog, Mari, is deaf and knows 27 hand signals. Kim has brought both dogs to visit summer camps for elementary to middle school students at Willamette Humane Society to demonstrate the possibilities and rewards of diligent training.
Having come directly from the WHS adoptions team, Kim will enrich the adoption-centric nature of the volunteer program. One of her many ideas is to reintroduce the Meet Your Match program for adoptable cats, which will help adopters select the right cat for their home based on a color-coded system of personality types.
Kim is already impressed with the helpful, happy, flexible nature of WHS volunteers. “I love how our volunteer program is embraced by the community.” Kim’s advice to those interested in volunteering? “Don’t hesitate. It’s easy. There’s always something to do. Come say hi. I’m here for you, and I want to hear your ideas.”
You can reach Kim by calling 503-585-5900 ext. 312, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by attending one of two volunteer orientations on the first Monday and third Thursday of each month.
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