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Becoming a Volunteer

Steps

to become a volunteer

 

Before scheduling an orientation and training session, please contact Carrina Echeandia, Volunteer Coordinator, at (860) 434-1974, Ext. 121 or email cecheandia@highhopestr.org to discuss your interest and our volunteer opportunities.

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General Orientation and Training

All volunteers must attend a General Orientation prior to volunteering.  The General Orientation begins in the classroom with an overview of High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, who we serve, our horses, and our policies and procedures.  It also includes a tour of the facility.  At the General Orientation, volunteers will choose a role(s) they are interested in, and will be scheduled for an additional training specific to that role. Roles may include sidewalker, horse leader (experience required), feeder, office volunteer, etc.

An opportunity to practice hands on sidewalking is then provided to prepare new volunteers to begin assisting in the program.  For those with horse experience interested in becoming horse leaders, additional training opportunities will be available to learn and practice our leading techniques.

Qualities of a High Hopes Volunteer

Volunteers give something of themselves and receive back another person’s hopes and dreams.

Volunteers are the heart of High Hopes.

Our therapeutic riding program operates year-round, six days a week from morning until evening. Our staff and volunteers work together, forming a vital team that is essential to our ongoing success. Individual reasons for volunteering may differ, but giving of oneself and forming

special connections with people and horses create a common bond with everyone involved in our program. Our volunteer needs are many. Whether your experience with horses is life-long or minimal, your willingness to give yourself and your time is what we need.

Steps to becoming a volunteer

Step 1

The following form is required as Step 1 of becoming a volunteer:

Volunteer Registration & Release Form

Step 2

New volunteers are required to attend a general orientation session.  The recommended minimum age for volunteers is 14.  After general orientation, new volunteers will select the role(s) they would like to perform, and will attend an additional training session specific to that role(s).

Volunteer Orientation and Training Dates

Step 3

Once volunteers have attended a general orientation, and the appropriate training session, volunteers are invited to attend various workshops and lectures during the year on topics of interest to the High Hopes community:

Workshops in Advanced Techniques

Volunteer Enrichment Series

The Winter Lecture Series