Volunteers are the backbone of any equine services program. That is very true at Inspire Equine Assisted Center. 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.
Some of the benefits of volunteering:
What we need from you:
Please fill out the Volunteer Registration paperwork and return to Inspire either by mail or email. Please see below for paperwork. Email: email@example.com
If you are 18 years or older please fill out the background check form. Once you submit and pay for the background check, we will receive notification that is completed. Please see below for background check link.
Volunteers need to be able to volunteer for 2 hours each week on the same day for the whole session. Our participants rely on volunteers to be able to participate in their lessons and they look forward to seeing you every week. Currently we have only volunteer opportunities weekdays Tuesday through Friday 9 am to 11 am and 1 pm to 3 pm and Saturdays from 8:30 am to 3 pm.
Attend an orientation and position specific training. Also submit a registration fee of $25.00 for first t-shirt.
Adaptive Riding Program
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.
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.
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.