When you give, you get so much: Volunteer

  • You can help an autistic child unclench his fist for the first time – to pet his horse.
  • You can help a woman whose legs are paralyzed finally hoist herself into the saddle.
  • You can help a silent child speak at last when he tells his horse, “Walk on.”

You can, when you give yourself the gratification of volunteering with Horses with Heart. There’s lots of worthwhile volunteering you might do, but we think there’s nothing else that gives you the immediate joy of working with our riders. Every time one of them discovers a new ability, you discover something priceless in yourself.

Whether you’ve been a rider for years or never sat a horse in your life, you can help people who aren’t as fortunate as you… people with physical, social and emotional needs who discover new courage and confidence on our gentle horses. As a volunteer, you might discover some hidden strengths of your own.

Will you walk alongside a boy with Cerebral Palsy while he gains balance and coordination as he rides? Will you join a fundraising committee? Will you brush horses, answer phones, or write for a newsletter? Say you will, and help those who need you.  

No age barriers: Junior Volunteers welcomed

Young volunteers also help Horses with Heart– and as a result, some of them have helped themselves into careers in special education, veterinary medicine and equine specialties.

From filling water buckets to cleaning tack to helping in the office, there are a range of tasks that juniors can do. At the same time, they’re building their community service “résumés” for higher education and scholarships.

Volunteers ages 8-11 must have supervision by a parent or guardian at all times.
Those ages 12-13 must be supervised by a HwH Instructor or Adult/Teen Mentor Level Volunteer. Youngsters ages 14-18 can be Teen Mentor Level Volunteers, and those ages 16-18 can be in the Junior Instructor Training Program of PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.)

Giving has no age barriers: find out more about being a Junior Volunteer.

It is important to note you do not have to have experience with horses, nor live close to the Ranch to help Horses with Heart. There are tasks that can be done from home or you can become engaged in Community Development. The only requirement is having a heart for helping those with special needs, seniors and veterans.

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In 2008, approximately 34% of our volunteers were 18 and...
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