TARA'S CHANCE RELIES ON VOLUNTEERS TO SERVE ITS MISSION. WE DEPEND ON OUR VOLUNTEERS TO WORK WITH THE RIDERS, CARE FOR THE HORSES, MANAGE THE BARN, FUNDRAISE, MARKETING, AND MORE. JOIN TARA'S CHANCE AS A VOLUNTEER TODAY!
INTERESTED IN JOINING OUR TEAM OF DYNAMIC VOLUNTEERS WHO ARE COMMITTED TO SERVING CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS THROUGH EQUESTRIAN THERAPY?
What it takes to be a volunteer at Tara's Chance:
Complete all volunteer forms through docusign below. Complete the introduction online course through google classroom once you receive the invitation. Schedule your orientation and pay $40 to confirm your place, process your application, a t-shirt, and a background check.
Attend our 1.5 hour orientation training course which will teach you horse safety, horse basics, program operations, and volunteering information. You will receive a qualification book at orientation for you to begin hands on training.
Complete side walker one online course through google classroom and start observing riding lessons and side walking in the program.
After being qualified as a side walker one, you can pursue your passion at Tara's Chance through our volunteer pathways. You can continue side walker qualifications to become advanced, start to work towards horse leader qualifications, or even instructor qualifications.
Must be 15 years old
Program volunteers must be physically fit
Volunteering in equine assisted therapy sessions involves 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. Volunteers must be able to handle a dusty environment and those working with horses must be able to move quickly and strong enough to control large animals. Please Note: No prior horse experience is necessary, but very helpful! If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity that is less physically demanding, volunteering in the office or mucking stalls is a great alternative!
Committing to consistent days and times helps everyone keep track of when to volunteer. If you are unable to make the time you are scheduled, reach out to the Volunteer Coordinator directly.
Our programs operate:
Tuesday 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. / Wednesday 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. / Thursday 2:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 - 1:30 p.m.
VOLUNTEER TRAINING PATHWAYS
Side Walker 1 - Side Walker 2 - Side Walker 3
Horse Leader 1 - Horse Leader 2 - Horse Leader 3
Instructor 1 - Instructor 2