Volunteer of the Month

January 2019 ~ Jaclyn Moriarty

Congrats to Jaclyn Moriarty on being chosen as our January 2019 Volunteer of the Month!!! We truly appreciate all the work Jaclyn puts into the volunteer team. She keeps everything so organized, stays on top of all the volunteer requests, reminds us when we are forgetting something, keeps all the data up to date, and helps run the volunteer side of things so smoothly.  Thank you, Jaclyn, for being a part of the team!

A note from Jaclyn: While I don’t often make it to ALIVE’s Little Barn to walk pups and play with kittens, I’m thrilled to contribute remotely as a volunteer coordinator. I love welcoming new volunteers and setting them up for orientation to become new members of the ALIVE family. It’s truly an honor to volunteer for such an amazing rescue.








December 2018 ~ Sarah Allabastro

Congratulations to Sarah Allabastro on being chosen as December’s Volunteer of the Month! Thank you, Sarah, for all your help with the donation correspondence. Sarah’s position is a little more “behind the scenes” so she does not get as much face time with the other volunteers, but we could not succeed without her help. Sending donation acknowledgements to the donors is vital to ALIVE’s success and her help is much appreciated. Thank you, Sarah!

A note from Sarah: I got involved at ALIVE Rescue a few years ago to spend some quality snuggle time with the rescues and to get to know the Chicago Rescue community, and now I help with the donation letters. Recently, I have had limited availability to spend time at the Little Barn but being able to help in this way keeps me connected with this amazing organization. ALIVE has taught me so much and I am so inspired by the work that ALIVE does for our community. I am so grateful for all that ALIVE Rescue does!





November 2018 ~ Nicole Smith

Congratulations to Nicole Smith on being chosen as ALIVE Rescue’s November 2018 Volunteer of the Month!!!! We truly appreciate all her hard work and enthusiasm at The Little Barn. Whether taking pictures of the Barn residents, cuddling puppies, or walking dogs, Nicole’s dedication to the animals consistently shows. We also admire her fight for the stray animals who need her; she didn’t give up on Sadie and kittens and they are safe now thanks to Nicole.


A note from Nicole: Thank you so much for the recognition but honestly the pleasure is all mine. There’s no place I’d rather be than at the little barn. I just wished I lived closer. I would come everyday if I could. It is so nice to work along side a wonderful group of people. I’ve never felt this alive or happy until I came to the little barn. 








October 2018 ~ Ivan Guillen

Congrats to Ivan Guillen on being chosen as ALIVE Rescue’s October Volunteer of the Month! The fundraising team is lucky to have such a dedicated volunteer on its side. Ivan always willing to pitch in where and when help is needed and we truly appreciate everything he does.


A note from Ivan: I truly appreciate and am extremely privileged to be a part of this great honor! Over the past couple of years I have been able to be a part of this great group. The people that help run this organization is what makes ALIVE what is it. It has been special to see how everyone in this community plays different roles and helps keep the ALIVE engine running. I consider myself lucky I was able to join the fundraising team, because I get to make a unique impact year round. I cannot wait to see what comes in store next for ALIVE!







September 2018 ~ Maria Ranahan

Congratulations to Maria Ranahan on being chosen as ALIVE Rescue’s September Volunteer of the Month! WE LOVE volunteers who jump in with both feet and that’s just what Maria has done. Whether she’s volunteering as a Barn Leader Assistant, writing volunteer descriptions, fostering a bottle baby kitten, handling dogs at adoption events, or just spreading the word about ALIVE Rescue, her time at ALIVE Rescue is so invaluable to us. We are so lucky to have you Maria the team.


A note from Maria: I fell in love with ALIVE after my first Little Barn shift. This rescue is so full of love and cuties, it’s hard not to adore this place. I volunteer because working with animals is one of my favorite ways to spend my free time— it’s amazing to see the impact you’re making in an animal’s life just by taking them for a walk or giving them some snuggles.







August 2018 ~ Maria Berezniak

Congratulations on being chosen as ALIVE Rescue’s August 2018 Volunteer of the Month.   We truly appreciate all the work you put into the Animal Sponsorship Team and as a Home Visit Coordinator.  So many dogs have found their forever homes thanks to your expert home visits!  So many more have been able to be saved because of the work you put into the sponsors.   We can’t thank you enough for being a constant at ALIVE Rescue.

A note from Maria: I am truly honored to be part of such an amazing organization and surrounded by such compassionate and like minded individuals.  Volunteering with animals brings me true happiness and is a highlight in my life.  Thank you to ALIVE Rescue for giving me the opportunity to ensue my passion with animals!






July 2018 ~ Ivan Zurira

Congratulations on being chosen as ALIVE Rescue’s Volunteer of the Month!  We love having you as part of the team.  Your weekly inventory updates help us a ton and keep us organized.  I know all the Barn Leaders truly appreciate having you as a BLA and always comment about how easy shifts are when you are around. Thank you for being a part of the ALIVE Rescue family.

A note from Ivan: I am so lucky to have found such an amazing family “the ALIVE family” ~ it’s such an amazing feeling coming to the little barn to provide and care for all of the residents. Thank you for all of you guys, that just like me, want nothing but the best for our animals.  My ALIVE family, thank you!!





June 2018 ~ Nicole Cadwell

Congratulations on being chosen as our June Volunteer of the Month.  We are so lucky to have you as a barn volunteer, Kringle snuggler, PR extraordinaire, Shelter Shiver jumper, and so much more!  Thanks for always being positive, spreading the word about ALIVE Rescue, and for being a team player.  Your love and compassion for all animals shines through in everything you do.


A note from Nicole: Being a part of Alive Rescue makes me feel like I am a part of something so grand and important. Since joining as a volunteer, I have met countless human beings who give so much of their time for the animals and every last one them has the same amazing goals. It’s an honor to be recognized and a privilege to be a part of the Alive family. 



May 2018 ~ Darlene Pereda

Congratulations to Darlene Pereda on being chosen as ALIVE Rescue’s May Volunteer of the Month!!!! We are so thrilled to have her as part of the family. Darlene has been a huge asset to the fundraising team and we truly appreciate all the hard work she has put into helping the team and leading events!

A note from Darlene: I absolutely love volunteering at ALIVE and collaborating with my fundraising colleagues to make our events successful. I want nothing more than to “Save Them All!”








April 2018 ~ Jackie McClellan

Congratulations to Jackie McClellan on being chosen as ALIVE Rescue’s April Volunteer of the Month! We truly appreciate everything Jackie does for ALIVE Rescue. Between spreading the word about ALIVE Rescue, sending potential adopters our way, volunteering on the grant writing team, building our foundations database, creating our first annual report, and adopting a cute little kitty from us, we don’t know what we would do without her. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication, Jackie!

A note from Jackie: Volunteering at ALIVE Rescue has really made me feel like I’m making a difference. Although I constantly wish I could do more, not just locally but worldwide to help animals, ALIVE is helping me achieve my personal goal of making a difference for animals in need. Volunteering is my chance to escape my day-to-day life and do something I am truly passionate about. Volunteering at ALIVE has also opened my eyes to how many other people care. I constantly feel like there are so many people out there that are blind to animal cruelty and animal welfare— either they’re blind to it or just don’t care. When I started going to events for ALIVE Rescue and interacting with other employees and volunteers, I realized that I finally found a group of people that actually do care. Lastly, ALIVE has helped me in my transition to a vegan diet. I love that we have vegan options at our events. In all, volunteering means a lot to me, and I’m glad that I get the opportunity to volunteer with such amazing and inspirational people that work so hard to make a difference.


March 2018 ~ Sonya Arroyave

A note from Sonya: I found ALIVE after losing my boxer, Zion. The rescue gave me new purpose. Their compassion for animals and humans is beyond anything I imagined. At first I didn’t know if I had the courage to volunteer at a rescue but universal forces led me to ALIVE. My heart is with the animals and I don’t know any other place where I feel more alive and useful. The rescue does more for me than I could ever do for them. I owe my sanity to the animals there. And a bonus to the rescue, is all the exceptional humans I’ve met. I’m lucky to have met them. I’m a better person because of ALIVE RESCUE.






February 2018 ~ Dori Goldman

Congratulations to Dori Goldman on being named our February Volunteer of the Month! What would we do without Dori?  Between helping at the barn, taking laundry home, providing transport, and just being awesome, we consider ourselves so lucky to have her on the team.  Thank you, Dori, for being an important member of the ALIVE Rescue family!

A note from Dori: “For 8 or so months my dog William has suspected I’ve been cheating on him. When I get home from the Little Barn, he sniffs me, my coat, my shoes, etc. He knows something has been up and now the cat is literally out of the bag.

Volunteering for ALIVE has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I have always been extremely passionate about animal welfare and the treatment of animals. I have contributed money over the years to various animal rescues and organizations but when I moved into the Avondale neighborhood a year or so ago I promised myself I would not only put my money where my mouth is, but also start giving of my time. It’s been extremely rewarding, fun, tiring, tough, enjoyable and life-changing. Spending time with Root Beer, Johnny Casino, Bear, Camaro, Andrew, Norah, Koval, etc., etc., etc. has been some of my best minutes and hours. Snuggling, feeding, walking, holding, training, cleaning, driving, or whatever it may be is helping. I have also enjoyed getting to know the other volunteers. I feel like I have a whole new social circle. I am honored to be a part of like-minded individuals that truly have the best interest of these deserving animals. Thank you, ALIVE! I look forward to many more months and hopefully years being a part of your amazing organization.”