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Volunteer Opportunities

Without our volunteers’ hard work and dedication, our mission — to bring the extraordinary benefits of therapeutic riding and equine activities to a wide range of individuals—would be no more than words on paper.

Volunteering at High Hopes is much more than a regular donation of time and service. It involves becoming part of a larger community.

High Hopes volunteers participate in all aspects of activity, and do so as individuals, members of work groups, families and participants in community service programs. They give their time, talents and energy to help support High Hopes and the people it serves.

Some of the benefits of volunteering:

Enjoy a positive and supportive environment

Learn new skills/gain experience working with people and horses

Resume building

References for school and work

Be part of a fun and rewarding experience!

What we need from you:

Commitment and reliability

Willingness to learn and put forth good effort

Effective communication

Adherance to policies and procedures

Be kind and respectful of others

No matter what your skills or special talents may be, there’s a place and a need for them at High Hopes.


Volunteers are the lifeblood of High Hopes. Their dedication and efforts support every aspect of the organization from participatns, lessons and horses to office, special events and committee service.  Over 650 volunteers donated more than 31,600 hours in 2012-2013.

Volunteers contribute to High Hopes in many ways:

Lesson Program

Volunteers assist by leading horses or walking beside riders (sidewalking) during classes. Horse leaders come with an understanding of, and experience with horses. Sidewalkers do not need experience.  Lesson program volunteers should be willing to commit to coming the same day and time each week.

Carriage Driving Program

Driving volunteers include horse handlers who assist harnessing and hitching and able- bodied whips who accompany students in the carriage. Lesson program volunteers should be willing to commit to coming the same day and time each week.

Equine Learning Coach

Equine Learning Coaches assist staff in teaching unmounted horsemanship skills such as grooming and horse care.  Lesson program volunteers should be willing to commit to coming the same day and time each week.


Volunteers assist with word processing, data entry, photocopying, bulk mailings and other support tasks. They also serve as receptionists and help answer phone calls.


Volunteers help with general maintenance, repairs and improvements of the facility, including fencing.

Horse Care

Volunteers work directly with barn staff to help feed and care for the horses and the facility. After 50 volunteer hours, they are eligible to become “Barn Buddies” and provide TLC to a special horse. Volunteers in the equine program should be willing to commit to a specified, consistent period of time each week.

Special Events

Volunteers serve on event committees and assist with production during the various fundraisers and special events that High Hopes holds each year.

Special Skills

Volunteers who possess skills or professional/technical experience that may benefit High Hopes, such as photography, graphic design, computer knowledge, etc., are encouraged to contact us.


Groups such as corporate groups, youth groups, or community service organizations may support High Hopes with a one-day volunteer effort, usually assisting with facility projects or special events.

New volunteers must attend a General Orientation and an additional training session specific to their role.

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