Horses with H.E.A.R.T.

Hands-on Equine Assisted Riding Therapy
"where disabilities become possibilities"

Volunteers

We could not carry out our mission or programs without our dedicated volunteers.  In 2008, 218 volunteers worked over 19,000 hours toward the activities necessary to make our equestrian programs safe, fun and effective for all of our participants.  Our nonprofit is volunteer driven and can always use assistance.

It is important to note you do not have to have experience with horses, nor live close to the Ranch to help Horses with H.E.A.R.T.  There are tasks that can be done from home, or join a Committee that meets once a month at different locations across the quad-city area.  The only requirement is having a heart for helping those with disabilities.

Opportunities for individuals or group work:

  • Participant Lessons:  Most of our riders require a safety-support team of three people to flank the rider and horse.  Each individual has a job during the lesson, either as the leader (horse handler), coach (assist rider) or side-walker (silent partner).
  • Horse care:  feeding, grooming, loving, exercising and of course mucking the stalls!
  • Committees: Capital; Fundraising; Marketing/Public Relations; Program and Volunteer.
  • Administration:  There is office work that can be done from your home.

Junior Volunteers

In 2008, approximately 34% of our volunteers were 18 and under.  These youth supported nearly every aspect of our nonprofit, including horse care, assisting participants and fundraising.  Volunteers ages 9, 10, and 11 must have parent /guardian supervision on the property at all times.  Volunteers ages 12 and 13 must be supervised by an Instructor or Mentor Level Adult Volunteer.

Procedures

All volunteers, ages 9 and above must fill out a Volunteer Form and complete a comprehensive Volunteer Orientation. This orientation is repeated every year. Including the orientation and every subsequent volunteer time, please document hours spent working for Horses with H.E.A.R.T. on the attached Volunteer Time Sheet.