Volunteers are the backbone of any equine services program. That is very true at Inspire Equine Therapy Program. Without volunteers, Inspire would not be able to full fill its mission of providing equine services to teens and adults with disabilities.
Volunteering at Inspire is much more than a regular donation of time and service. It involves becoming part of a larger community.
Inspire volunteers participate in all aspects of activity, and do so as individuals, members of work groups, families and participants in community service programs. They give their time, talents and energy to help support Inspire and the people it serves.
Volunteers need to be a minimum of 14 years old. Volunteers need to commit to volunteering every week. Volunteers need to be able to walk for 30 minutes in deep sand and jog for short distances. They also need to be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. All volunteers start with a broom working in the barn and work their way up to being side walkers and horse leaders with dedication and hard work.
Some of the benefits of volunteering:
What we need from you:
Volunteers assist by leading horses or walking beside riders (side walking) during classes. Horse leaders come with an understanding of, and experience with horses. Side walkers do not need experience. Both volunteers need to be able to jog in sand for 30 minutes. Lesson program volunteers should be willing to commit to coming the same day and time each week.
Equine Learning Coach
Equine Learning Coaches assist staff in teaching unmounted horsemanship skills such as grooming and horse care. Lesson program volunteers should be willing to commit to coming the same day and time each week.
Volunteers serve on event committees and assist with production during the various fundraisers and special events that Inspire holds each year.
Groups such as corporate groups, youth groups, or community service organizations may support Inspire with a one-day volunteer effort, usually assisting with facility projects or special events.
Carriage Driving Program
Driving volunteers include horse handlers who assist harnessing and hitching and able- bodied whips who accompany students in the carriage. Carriage Lesson program volunteers should be willing to commit to coming the same day and time each week.
Volunteers work directly with barn manager to help feed and care for the horses and clean the facility. Volunteers in the barn care team should be willing to commit to a specified, consistent period of time in the morning each week.
Volunteers who possess skills or professional/technical experience that may benefit Inspire, such as photography, graphic design, computer knowledge, etc., are encouraged to contact us.
New volunteers must complete the background check if 18 years old and older*, submit a registration fee of $25.00 for first t shirt, attend a General Orientation and an additional training session specific to their role.
I volunteer at Inspire because it takes me away from my daily life, gives me an easy way to relax while giving back to my community. Volunteering at Inspire has reminded me we are all in this life together, and we need each other's support. In the past two years, I have enjoyed meeting different people from different backgrounds while at the same time learning about Horse therapy, something totally new for me. The whole team has made volunteering a beautiful experience, and the clients have inspired me to keep going.
Inspire Equine Therapy Program
1743 Doncaster Road, Clearwater, Florida 33764, United States
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Registration is open for Fall Session (September thru December 2021) for Adaptive Riding, Carriage Driving and Equine Facilitated Learning Programs. Programs at Inspire are for anyone with a life challenge ages 10 and older. Registration Paperwork is required to be turned in completed (Riding and Driving require a doctors signature) to be eligible for the Fall Session. All paperwork is due by August 15 to reserve a spot for the Fall. Priority given to participants that are currently riding or driving with the program on first available spots.