**CALLING ALL NEW VOLUNTEERS**

 

THE NEXT SEVERAL CHOICES FOR NEW VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION WORKSHOPS ARE: 



RAIN OR SHINE: RSVP PLEASE to rideabilitysc@gmail.com

 Monday November 13th at 6:30 pm 

and 

Tuesday November 21st at 6:30pm

Interested in becoming part of our RideAbility Family? We are always looking for amazing people to help our center succeed and help our riders accomplish GREAT GOALS. All those interested in learning more about our Program. 

Email me if you would like to attend or to set up a different time to meet rideabilitysc@gmail.com

Please RSVP to rideabilitysc@gmail.com if you will be attending. 

Please fill out all forms for

volunteer located on this website under volunteer forms.

Please go to our facebook to see updates and future orientations


Please complete all  volunteer forms prior to the orientation workshops


Learn to be an Effective Volunteer...Bring a Friend...Experiences with

Horses not Required!

RideAbility is a not-for-profit organization. We depend exclusively on volunteers to help carry out the daily functions of our program.

 

The mission of RideAbility is to provide therapeutic riding lessons, equine assisted activites to riders with special needs. The services provided by volunteers are essential to the success of all our students, and to the continued success of RideAbility’s programs.

 

We are looking for VOLUNTEERS to help grow our program. We welcome a variety of dedicated and talented individuals.  Here at RideAbility, no talent goes unrecognized; experiences with horses is not a requirement.

 

Help us in the Barn & In the Ring (Training in all areas provided):

Leading or side-walking during lessons

Grooming

Tacking

Stall Mucking

Stable Repairs

Tack Cleaning


Organize Special Events & Fundraisers

Prepare Mailing Lists



                                                                VOLUNTEER GUIDELINES

The minimum age for volunteers is 14  with or without horse experience.  We welcome adults to volunteer too!

Volunteering in therapeutic riding lessons sessions can involve moderate physical activity. Make sure you are comfortable with the physicality of the role you have selected, as you will be walking and doing some jogging in a sand arena and on your feet for up to two hours. If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity that is less physically demanding, volunteering in the office or mucking stalls is a great way!  COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS ARE GIVEN TO ALL PARTICIPANTS.

Volunteering in a lesson is to assist the instructor:

RideAbilty is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help support our program. If you enjoy the outdoors, enjoy working with horses, children and adults, are at least 14 years old, and can commit at least 3 hour a week, join our team! .  

Training is provided to all volunteers on both an initial and on-going basis by well-qualified RideAbilty staff members.  Additionally, all new-to-the-program volunteers are paired with experienced volunteers until their level of comfort with the program (to include the horses, the riders, and lesson conduct) increases


SIDE WALKERS are responsible for the safety of riders. You help get horses ready for class, and assist your rider with their helmet then taking them to the arena and assist the instructor with mounting the horse. You guide your rider safely as he or she gets to know and care for the horse.  Your instructor will give you directions on how to assist each rider.

HORSE LEADERS are responsible for the safety of the horse and control at all times. You reinforce signals that the rider gives to the horse. While waking with the horse, you’ll maintain a proper distance from other horses in the class while walking, changing directions, and passing. You don’t interact directly with the rider; that is the side walker’s job. This role takes extensive horse experience, and if you are new to horses you will be assigned to sidewalk first. We offer classes throughout the year for all of our volunteers to learn how to become a horse leader! So, let us know if you want to learn to lead or even if you just want to learn more about horses! Our horse coordinators as well as the team leaders are always happy to help you grow in your horse skills!

All volunteers are trained for the specific task and do not need to have previous horse experience.

Volunteers must be available a minimum of 2 hours per week (same day and time each week) OR volunteers can be subs in classes, subbing for the regular weekly volunteers as needed.

  • ALL volunteers are required to attend  training workshops.
  • New volunteers receive a schedule after attending a New Volunteer Training.
  • Volunteers are scheduled on interest, experience and availability.

RideAbilty reserves the right to make the final determination as to the appropriateness of volunteers for our organization.

RideAbility does provide a volunteer tee shirt to ensure the ability of volunteers to perform in their roles as well as to set examples for RideAbility riders. 

To receive more information on our volunteer program, contact us at 803-222-6008. 






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