Volunteers

“Volunteers …. Priceless.”

 

volunteers

Get much more than you give. Volunteers are the life blood of Special Strides. Without our very special volunteers we would not be able to operate. Our volunteers help take care of our horses,act as sidewalkers to insure the safety of our students, and provide assistance in our office.Volunteers usually come to the farm once weekly for 2-3 hour time slots. Volunteer workshops are held throughout the year to provide initial and ongoing training for all of our volunteers-new or experienced. Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older. Horse handlers must have prior experience with horse management. It is a perfect opportunity to fulfill community service requirements for schools, religious affiliations or colleges. It is also a wonderful opportunity for individuals looking to pursue careers in occupational/physical/speech therapy, education, psychology, equine industry and medicine. Our volunteers should be comfortable interacting with children, animals and nature.

Horse Management Responsibilities
  • Leading horse during the lesson or treatment session
  • Grooming horses
  • Preparation of horses for lesson or treatment session
  • Cleaning tack and barn
  • Conditioning of horses
Lesson Responsibilities
  • Sidewalking during lessons and treatment sessions
  • Assist therapist
  • Singing songs, playing with toys, etc.
  • Maintaining safe environment for horse/therapist/instructor
Office Assistance Responsibilities
  • Assistance with mailings
  • Assistance with filing
Fundraising Responsibilities
  • Solicitation of donations
  • Planning special events

Please contact our volunteer coordinator Sharyn Bagnasco  sbagnasco@specialstrides.com or call the office at 732-446-0945 for more information.

 

Volunteer Testimonial

FriendshipSpecial Strides: two words that have completely changed my life. I came to Special Strides to try and help others, however I ended upgaining so much more than I had ever imagined. On my first day at Special Strides I was a shy nervous girl who wasn’t quite sure how I exactly ended up there. During my first lesson I receive a smile from a little girl, which would actually change my life. During the lessons I watched the children’s confidence grow, and as a result so did mine. I gained a second family at “the farm” and there I learned and discovered more about myself and about those children then I could have ever imagined. As a result of working at Special Strides I have decided to become an occupational Therapist. I have watched Special Strides help the children in many ways, and I am proud and honored to a part of such a wonderful program.

Michelle Age: 20