Volunteer Orientations at Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding

  • April 13th 10-12:00
  • May 18th 10-12:00

Vital to Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding’s programs is an army of dedicated volunteers who assist in virtually every area of the center. As one of our volunteers so aptly stated “I came to Equest because of the horses — and I stayed because of the riders!” Much understanding is gained through the interaction between our special needs riders, volunteers, staff, parents and equine therapists. Many volunteers, experience their first interaction with disabled individuals at Equest. It doesn’t take long to eliminate stereo-typical ideas and misconceptions regarding these special people! A greater understanding and respect is gained for these individuals- their courage, determination and all they encounter on a daily basis. It allows everyone involved to gain a new perspective which carries over into all areas of life.

We invite individuals – both young and old- to consider becoming part of the volunteer team at Equest! Regularly scheduled classes run Monday through Friday each week, both during the day and in the evening. No horse experience is needed! For those who choose to work with the horses and clients – we will train you! There are other volunteer needs that do not involve working with the horses. Additional classes and special events run on weekends.

Some of the most pressing volunteer needs are:

1. Welcome desk attendant

2. Working with horses and riders in barn and arena as a side walker, horse leader, groomer, barn buddy (all training provided!)

3. Helping with special events

4. One Time group volunteering groups to help prepare the grounds for events and changing seasons

5. Farm maintenance/special projects

6. Unloading hay

7. Working with Veterans in Horses for Heroes program

8. And the list goes on and on….

If you are interested in learning more about how to get involved please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Emilee Wujkowski at Emileewujkowski@equestcenter.org or call her at the center 616-866-3066 Ext 102. You can also locate more information online at www.equestcenter.org or Find us on Facebook!