Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteer Opportunities

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Level 1 (Side-walkers & Coaches):

  • Sidewalkers and Coaches are individuals who are trained to verbally and/or physically assist our Participants in processing instructor directions maintaining their balance, engaging with peers, etc. during our adaptive riding classes.

    • Requirements: Ability to commit to a consistent weekly schedule of 2-4 hours for 6 week duration. Ability to walk at a brisk pace for 30 minutes, ability to lift at least 50 pounds, ability to jog for 200 feet.

    • Prerequisites: Completion of New Volunteer Orientation

    • Required Training: Completing Sidewalker & Coach Training and Passing Practical Evaluation.

Level 2 (Horse Handler):

    • Participate in turn in/turn out and help prepare horses for their classes. They also assist participants with grooming and tacking during horsemanship activities.

      • Requirements: Ability to commit to a consistent weekly schedule of 2-4 hours for 6 week duration. Ability to walk at a brisk pace for 30 minutes, lift at least 50 pounds, and jog for 200 feet. Ability to demonstrate understanding of equine body language, communication, and the 'Horses Help Way' of handling horses.  Ability to physically and cognitively process the environment and quickly react to various situations.

      • Prerequisites: Successful completion of New Volunteer Orientation, Sidewalker & Coach Training and Practical Evaluation

      • Required Training: Horse Handler Training and Passing Practical Evaluation.

Level 3 (Horse Leaders -horse experience required):

  • Horse Leaders are responsible for the safety of the horse and the team as a whole; horse leaders assist in ground and mounted classes. Come before class to groom, warm-up and tack horses and then lead them for  students.

    • Requirements: Ability to commit to a consistent weekly schedule of 2-4 hours for 6 week duration. Ability to walk at a brisk pace for 30 minutes, to lift at least 50 pounds, and jog for 200 feet. Active volunteer in adaptive riding/horsemanship classes with ability to demonstrate understanding of horse groundwork skills and consistent implementation of Horses Help policies and procedures. Ability to physically and cognitively process the environment and quickly react to various situations.

    • Prerequisites: Successful completion of New Volunteer Orientation, Sidewalker & Coach Training and Practical Evaluation, Horse Handler Training and Practical Evaluation.

      • Must be an active volunteer in classes for a minimum of 1 session.

      • Volunteers invited to Horse Leader Training by staff

    • Required Training: Completion of Horse Leader Training and Practical Evaluation

  • Upcoming Horse Leader Training Dates:

    • Staff Invitation Only

Barn Buddy:

  • Barn buddies help with stall cleaning, feeding, turn out, etc. No horse experience required, however you must be able to work independently alongside our other barn buddies.

    • Requirements: (Ability to commit to a consistent weekly schedule of 2-4 hours for 6 week duration). Be able to lift at least 50 pounds and able to be outside for up to 4 hours. Ability to physically and cognitively process the environment and quickly react to various situations.

    • Prerequisites: Completion of New Volunteer Orientation

    • Required Training: Volunteers area assigned to a Barn Buddy lead for 'on the job' training

Summer Programs:

  • Are you available to help in various summer programs that run May-June each year? Horses Help's summer programs have a different format than the typical Program Year classes and are a fun change of pace for volunteers.

    • Requirements: Ability to walk at a brisk pace for 30 minutes, ability to lift at least 50 pounds, ability to jog for 200 feet (minimum as a side-walker/coach). Leading a horse with a thorough understanding of equine body language and Horses Help Safety Protocol (as a horse lead).

    • Prerequisites: Completion of New Volunteer Orientation, Sidewalker & Coach Training and Practical Evaluation

Garden Gnomes:

  • Are you the green thumb type?  We can always use help to maintain and improve the ever-growing garden and aquaponics system. Come out and cultivate fruit and veggie producing garden and train future horticulture volunteers. There is also the possibility of assisting the participants of the Dementia Program who will be working in the garden as well.

  • Requirements: Ability to commit to a consistent weekly schedule of 2-4 hours for 6 week duration. Ability to physically and cognitively process situations that arise in the garden environment and tolerate outdoor activity.

  • Prerequisites: Completion of New Volunteer Orientation

Administrative Angels:

  • Volunteers who are skilled at data entry, drafting correspondence and meeting notes, phoning, research, accounting, creating newsletters, maintaining website, creating story boards, taking pictures and reaching out to others may be a good fit for the Administrative and Marketing team

    • Requirements: Proficient in multiple computer programs, experience in administrative or marketing field, organized, solid communicator, team-oriented, time efficient, solid follow-through, self-motivated

    • Prerequisites: Completion of New Volunteer Orientation

    • Required Training: Volunteers will work with staff for 'on the job' training depending on the area in which they will be active.

Special Events/Fundraising:

  • Attend volunteer fairs at local schools and companies to promote the various volunteer opportunities available to HH community. Attend local equine events to promote Horses Help, or spend time planning a golf tournament, dinner and auction or any other of our amazing events!

    • Requirements: Ability to commit to a consistent weekly schedule of 2-4 hours for 6 week duration.   Willingness to learn about Horses Help's mission, vision, values and programs. Must be organized, great communication skills, team-oriented, time efficient and solid follow-through.

    • Prerequisites: Completion of New Volunteer Orientation

Crafty Crew:

  • Assist with creative decoration of Horses Help for upcoming special events. Make and send out birthday wishes to Participants and Volunteers. Keep signage and calendars up to date around the property.

    • Requirements: Ability to commit to a consistent weekly schedule of 2-4 hours for 6 week duration.

    • Prerequisites: Completion of orientation in the last year.

Facility Maintenance: 

  • HH can always use help maintaining and improving the premises including weeding and watering, as well as projects to maintain the facility.

    • Requirements: Handy, knowledgeable, organized, great communication skills, ability to work independently alongside others, time efficient, solid follow-through. Ability to commit to a consistent weekly schedule of 2-4 hours for 6 week duration is a plus.

    • Prerequisites: Completion of orientation in the last year.

Cardinals Crew:

  • The Cardinals Crew runs two vending locations at the University of Phoenix Stadium during all home games. Additional Cardinals Crew paperwork will be required.

    • Requirements: Minimum age of 19 years old. Completion of all required background checks and all paperwork required by the facility.

    • Prerequisites: None

Corporate and Group Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers make the difference at Horses Help, and just like the Boeing volunteers your group can make a difference too!  Horses Help always has a project or two just waiting for a large group to join in the fun.

If you have a group looking to get a little fresh air, contact Horses Help at info@HorsesHelp.org  or call the center at 602-569-6056.