Did you know… that Labrador Life Line is an entirely volunteer based organization? Based on… the Internet?
When we first started the Did-You-Knows on the LaBLog, our main focus was to get people interested, and involved, in what it is we do here at LLL. Part of that is getting the word out about a breed that every volunteer at LLL has dedicated themselves to aiding, caring for, and in most cases, living with in their own homes.
Every week, I like to share with you interesting facts about Labradors and stories about amazing dogs with qualities fitting of the Lab moniker, but what I haven’t gotten to do a lot of yet, is share some of the facts I know about this fantastic non-profit I dedicate my extra time to.
For one, LLL is a completely web-based foundation. How does this work, you ask? Well, the internet has afforded us some amazing opportunities in the last few decades (if you haven’t already noticed). Each day, volunteers communicate with one another over online groups (like chat rooms, really) and email, where we brainstorm, plan and execute.
Labrador Life Line is comprised of committees of individuals – Publicity, Fundraising, Triage, etc. – all working together to raise the money needed to help the many labs and their families that apply for our assistance each year.
How do we decide who to help? It all starts in triage. Like any other non-profit, receiving help from LLL starts with a meeting. In this case, that meeting is the initial application. Interested owners fill out the application on our website, and the triage committee is first in line to receive the info. Triage caseworkers then commit to individual cases and begin the process of contacting and guiding applicants through the process. Have an emergency? Your case worker is on it.
And where does it go from there? After the basic questions are answered, veterinarians contacted and plan in place, LLL works like the best of any democratic organization – a voting process. Even though the volunteers of Labrador Life Line are miles apart, we come together every time a case comes through our door (well, proverbial door, I suppose) to do our best to help the labs and their families that need it most.
So, where is LLL located? Well, that’s easy… everywhere. Being online may not afford us the ability to meet the people and dogs we help in person, but what it does allow us is the flexibility to help A LOT of labs. No matter where in the U.S. your lab lives, we’ve got the potential to help in a crisis. And because we’re online, and with members across the time zones, LLL can help fast – and I think that’s one of our very best qualities as an organization.
I mean, who needs an actual building, when you’ve got a foundation as strong as the 16 fantastic members who devote their time?
Still jonesing for a little more LLL fact-finding? Please head to our website for a closer look!
Until next time,
LLL Intern, Web-based Volunteer and Lab Lover