When you Volunteer - You make a 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.
Volunteer Opportunities - Trainings - and More!
Barn Team: Get "up close & personal" with our equine partners! assist with bring-in and turn out, feeding, stall cleaning, and refilling water buckets. (Ages 13 & up; under age 13 needs to have a parent volunteering with them)
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. Additional training is required. (Ages 14 and older)
Leader: Responsible for leading the horse and rider, and must constantly be aware of the horse's behavior at all times - additional training and horse experience required (Age 16 and up). Leader training consist of two parts: -PART 1: Basic HORSEPOWER techniques and barn safety
-PART 2: Leading in classes with a rider!
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.
Community Outreach Assistant: Assist the volunteer coordinator by attending community outreach events and fundraisers. You will help hand out flyers and talk to people in the community to spread the word about HORSEPOWER.
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 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
Recruiting Other Volunteers: recruit for riding program, special events & office help
Office Help: mailers, databases, organization, data entry
Construction Projects: fencing, building sheds, painting
HORSEPOWER's response to COVID-19!
2. Once you arrive you MUST sign in at the picnic shelter and check yes or no to the COVID-19 statement!
• You have not been exposed to Covid-19 nor show any signs or symptoms such as cough or fever
• You have been practicing social distancing (6 feet).
• You agree to wash your hands before and after your visit and sanitize between tasks.
• You agree to maintain social distancing when possible at Horsepower (6 feet or a horse length).
• If you cannot maintain 6 feet distance you must wear a mask on property!
3. Mask are required if you must be within 6 ft!