You can make the difference

We are so pleased you are interested in becoming a HORSEPOWER volunteer!  It is because of your dedication and caring that many people with disabilities are able to participate in this unique and enriching program.  In addition, we believe your life will be enhanced by your experiences at HORSEPOWER.  Come and witness first-hand the pride and personal satisfaction of  knowing that you are helping individuals with special needs accomplish their personal goals, increase their self-esteem and enhance their quality of life.

Horse-related Volunteer Opportunities

  • Leader: responsible for and constantly aware of the horse.
  • Sidewalker: Helps the rider with balance and reinforces instructions during the lesson.  The sidewalker is constantly aware of the rider and is responsible for their safety when mounting, riding and in the arena.
  • Youth Partner/Mentor: Provides positive adult supervision during all HORSEPOWER activities while encouraging the student to build self-esteem and self-worth.  The Youth Partner/Mentor should have horse handling experience as they will be assisting in grooming, tacking & handling the horses.
  • Volunteer Captain: Helps train new volunteers at orientation and during the session, helps coordinate volunteers for special events, and meets with the staff  to evaluate the program from the volunteers’ point of view.
  • Instructor Training: If you are a certified instructor or would like to become one we would love to have you on our team.  More instructors mean we can offer more hours of therapeutic classes and thus reach more students.  Please contact Jan Clifford at or 336-931-1424 if you are interested.
  • Assorted Services and Projects: Tack cleaning and repair, carpentry, electrical and plumbing services, poster design, and taking pictures are a few of the opportunities available.  Special workdays are held periodically and especially prior to a special event to spruce up the grounds and the horses.

 Administrative & Operational Volunteer Opportunities

  • Fund Raising: Corporate Giving, Capital Campaigns, Clubs & Organizations, Horse Clubs, Foundations & Grants, Gifts In Kind, Special events
  • Long Range Planning: provide your insight and expertise to promote a successful program for the next decade by identifying special events, marketing and communications
  • Public Relations & Marketing – press releases, obtain media coverage, write proposals
  • Rider Recruitment: solicit new clients both individuals & organizations
  • Volunteer Recruitment & Oversight: recruit for riding program, special events & office help
  • Office Help: mailers, databases, organization, data entry
  • Construction Projects: fencing, building sheds, painting

Non-profit Guidance Volunteer Opportunities

If you have the qualifications below, we could really use your help!

  • You have experience in non-profits and can help mentor our capital giving campaign project or our annual giving campaign project.
  • You have experience in non-profits and can help with our building/facility improvement projects.
  • You can help us get the community involved on a financial level.
  • You know how to write grants and can advise our grant writing team.

Copying Patrol

It may sound simple, but we very much need donations of time and materials related to copying.

  • Free copying to advertise our organization
  • Free copying for critical volunteer training manuals
  • Free copying of monthly/quarterly newsletters
  • One time events copying

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Volunteers?

People from all walks of life become HORSEPOWER volunteers. Moms, dads, teens, retired people, people with horse backgrounds or people without – anyone with a little time and a desire to become a part of our family are all welcome.  Come join us and learn about horses, help people with disabilities, give to your community and make new friends along the way!

What's In It For Me?

We hope that everyone who volunteers gets something positive out of their experience.  Here are a few benefits our volunteers have shared with us.

  • Learning the value of helping others.

  •  Developing a sense of civic responsibility and awareness of our community’s needs.

  • Feeling of self worth and inflated self-esteem by accomplishing something worthwhile.

  • Building and improving “team work” skills.

  • Enhancing social, communication, and physical skills.

  • Developing problem-solving skills.

  • Enhancing awareness of diversity and developing mutual respect.

  • Building leadership skills.

  • Enjoying the great outdoors.

  • Experiences with horses provide therapeutic benefits to all involved

How do I get started?

It’s easy!  If you would like to become involved please contact HORSEPOWER through our Contact Us form or 336-931-1424 for more information, class schedules and opportunities.  

As a volunteer you will attend an orientation and training (for sidewalkers & leaders) and then sign up for the class time that best suits your schedule.  You can also visit the Events Calendar on this website to find out about upcoming special events.  Still not sure?  We welcome any visitors to come out and experience first-hand the smiling faces of children sitting atop the world on a big gentle horse!