Volunteering

Volunteering at RCTRC is so much more than donating one's time and service – it requires a willingness to be an active part of a larger community – a team that is vital to our continued success. Whatever your experience, your willingness to give yourself and your time, talents and energy is what is needed to support RCTRC and the people we serve. Volunteers are the backbone of our program. Without them our clients simply could not participate! Ready to start volunteering? We can't wait to meet you. Individuals interested in lesson volunteering can schedule a site visit with our Volunteer Coordinator to watch a lesson, see our facility, and learn more about our program. If you are ready to become a volunteer please complete a Volunteer Application and either email, mail, fax or drop it off at RCTRC. Then call or email the Volunteer Coordinator to sign up for a New Volunteer Orientation.

Dear Volunteers:

 

RCTRC would NOT exist without the loving support and kindness of community volunteers. Our organization is blessed by many wonderful people who give their time and talents to help with our equine assisted therapy programs.Our riders need you! Volunteering at RCTRC might be the best thing you have ever done for yourself— and for the special riders at RCTRC. Volunteers help run a high quality and safe program for our riders and horses. We hope that the volunteer experience at RCTRC will bring satisfaction, personal growth and fulfillment to you, as well as our clients. Our program operates year round, 3-4 days per week - seeing riders in the afternoons. It is a 24 hour 7 day per week job for the farm as horses need care all hours. Volunteers work with staff to build a team that helps care for our horses, manage the facility, and assist with lessons and a variety of additional supportive tasks. Volunteers help our riders experience success! Whether you are an enthusiast with many years of horse experience or come with no experience and would like to learn more, join us and share in our riders’ triumphs.To learn more about volunteering at RCTRC, please come visit our farm or visit our web site at http://rctrc.org.

 

Connie Sue Gilkeson-Boggess

An activity of this kind cannot be offered without the help of many dedicated volunteers. We thank you for your time and your eagerness to assist those who would like to try a new experience. We cannot do it without you! Dedicated people from all walks of life team up to give riders opportunities and experiences that make differences in their physical, mental, social and emotional well being. Our goal is to provide a volunteer team for each rider so both the riders and volunteers can benefit from continuity and establish a lasting relationship of trust with one another. Moreover, special volunteers will be able to share knowledge, guidance, patience and love with the rider.

 

A professional, safety-conscious environment for our riders, volunteers and horses is also of major importance to us. Volunteers play a key role in achieving this goal. As a volunteer, you will be part of a professional team. We have a lot of fun, seeing smiles, hearing giggles, and viewing accomplishment first hand. Equine Assisted Activities, done in a professional and safety-conscious manner, brings feelings of boundless joy and accomplishment for all those involved. In a study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics, 106 10th-grade students were asked to volunteer in after-school programs where they worked with elementary-aged children for 60 to 90 minutes per week for 10 weeks; another group of 10th graders, who were wait listed for volunteering, served as a control group. Compared to the non-volunteers, the students who volunteered showed a steep drop in risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including cholesterol levels and body mass index, at the end of 10 weeks.

 

These benefits were even more pronounced for students whose empathy and altruistic behaviors increased the most and whose negative moods lessened over those 10 weeks. During our volunteer training program, typically held in the spring, we provide you access to a handbook that has been designed as a reference for your orientation to our center.

Without our dedicated Volunteers we wouldn’t have programs that provide equine and animal assisted activities! Activities of this kind cannot be offered without the help of many dedicated volunteers. We thank you for your time and your eagerness to assist those who would like to try a new experience. . . We cannot do it without you! We would love to have you join the RCTRC team. To become a volunteer, you DO NOT need to have experience with horses or disability knowledge. Together: Dedicated people from all walks of life team up to give riders opportunities and experiences that make differences in their physical, mental, social and emotional well being. Our goal is to provide a team for each participant so both the riders and volunteers can benefit from continuity and establish a lasting relationship of trust with one another. Moreover, special volunteers will be able to share knowledge, guidance, patience and love with the rider. A professional, safety-conscious environment for our riders, volunteers and horses is also of major importance to us. You play a key role in achieving this goal.

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