Horses for Hope could not exist without our volunteers. We have so many incredible people giving of themselves to help those with special needs. While experience with horses or working with people with special needs is helpful, it is by no means a requirement. All of our volunteers, no matter their experience, attend an orientation to familiarize themselves with our safety and operational procedures.
There are many ways in which our volunteers give back. Below is a list of various opportunities.
- Training our horses (Requires completion of our Basic Horsemanship Course)
- Serving on various committees
- Facility maintenance and upkeep
- Camp helpers
We are always in need of additional volunteers. Our volunteer manual is full of useful information about volunteering at Horses for Hope. We suggest that you check it out. Please click here for our full volunteer manual.
Below are more details about some of the opportunities available at HfH:
- Board of Directors: our Board of Directors is made up of volunteers that are dedicated to advancing the mission of HfH. Board members attend quarterly meetings and are actively involved in our Capital Campaign and special events.
- Grant Writing: this is an area we have a huge need in. With over 150 families on our waiting list we desperately need a larger facility with an indoor arena. We need someone with the time and expertise to research and apply for grants to help with this.
- Horse Trainers: anyone interested in helping with training our horses would need to first complete and pass our Basic Horsemanship Course.
- Groomers: with approximately 40 horses we need a lot of help with keeping them clean. Our horses are brushed year round and in the warm weather they are rinsed down as needed in our wash rack.
- Maintaining the property: property maintenance consist of raking leaves, picking up sticks and fallen limbs, poop scooping, general clean up, repairs of fencing and structures, mowing pastures, dragging the ring, trail maintenance.
- Horse-Leaders and Side-Walkers: Horse-Leaders and Side-Walkers are needed in our Therapeutic Riding program. There are two 10 week sessions, one in the spring and one in the fall.
- Summer Camp Helpers: assist with retrieving horses, grooming, tacking, help with crafts and game, riding ring helpers, and help with miniature horse activities.