Volunteer Work

Marine Mammal Care Center LA is a non-profit that rehabs and releases seals and sea lions that strand along the LA County coast. After volunteering as a docent and seeing a need, I offered to help improve their social media posts. I create engaging stories to educate, inspire and amuse a devoted and growing group of followers on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Instagram Stories I use Instagram Stories a couple of times a week as an education and engagement tool. These followers in particular tend to be marine mammal and ocean conservation-minded, so I like to create 4 – 5 panel stories that give greater insight to the work we do. The light but educational tone helps connect our audience to our patients while spreading awareness of our need for donations, visitors and volunteers. Instagram Posts Working to gather images, video and patient information in a busy hospital environment full of sick wild animals is challenging. I’m always checking in with animal care and education staff to find interesting stories about our patients, their progress and the issues they face in the wild. Followers and visitors regularly comment on how much they love the posts and how much more they’re learning. Engagement and follower counts are up across all platforms and continuing to rise! All of this work is done gratis because I personally get to see the positive impact on sick and injured animals. I contribute a full day in person on Wednesdays and average 20 hours total working from home, traveling to cover patient releases and engaging with followers online. In return, I’ve gotten a free education about my beloved marine mammal friends and a ton of up close experience that’d be hard to come by otherwise.