WHAT VOLUNTEERS DO
Volunteers assist directly in the horseback riding program, run our administrative and financial affairs on our Board of Directors, run our fundraiser events, work on facility maintenance, take care of our horses and more.
If you’d like to volunteer in program you must attend our Volunteer Orientation and Training Session, held approximately once monthly. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please sign up to attend orientation here or you can reach out to us with questions by phone at (916) 685-7433 or email volunteer[at]projectride.org.
Program Volunteering: Ages 14+
Volunteers are needed daily to walk beside the students while they ride, ensuring their safety, and to take care of and control the horses throughout the lessons. All you need is a completed application, a schedule, and a little training to get started.
The three crucial positions that make this program run:
- Leader (controls the horse safely through the lesson)
- Sidewalker (walks alongside while the students ride)
- Ride Captain (oversees all the details surrounding lessons – tack, horses, volunteers and stable chores, and assists our riding instructors)
Training is required. Please contact us to register for training.
Click here to find out more about the orientation and training to be a Leader, Sidewalker or Ride Captain
You could also be:
- Receptionist: help us welcome visitors and volunteers to our facility and keep track of volunteer hours
- Stable Assistant: make sure our hardworking horses and staff have a safe, healthy, clean and comfortable home in which to work. Note: this is a suitable job for adults with disabilities and their job coaches
- Ranch Feeder: Assist our caretakers at our ranch in Herald with caring for our herd of horses and other friendly animals
- Fundraiser: help us develop and maintain friends in our community who support us financially
- Ambassador: sit at a table at community events and tell other people who want a rewarding volunteer opportunity or are interested in riding about our program
- Be a Board Member: guide and raise funds for R.I.D.E.’s future!
Volunteers wishing to assist with stable chores are not required to attend orientation, but are invited to attend the first portion of our volunteer orientation that covers program information and facility tour.
This is an appropriate position for adults with disabilities or those 14 and older who simply enjoy cleaning tasks.
Stable chores volunteers are not scheduled in the same way as lesson volunteers. Shifts can begin as early at 7:30am or go as late as 8:00pm. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator to inquire if any stable chores positions are currently available.
Q: Must I have horse experience to be a volunteer?
A: Absolutely not! Most positions require no horse experience at all. You can even assist us if you are afraid of these gentle giants and want to help our program without having any exposure to horses at all.
Q: I have lots of horse experience and want to be directly involved with the horses. How can I help?
A: Please consider becoming one of our Leaders! The Leader is in charge of the horse throughout the riding lesson, including grooming, tacking and leading the horse through our obstacle courses and on our trail. All Leaders must go through Sidewalker and Leader training and be willing to assist in either role, as needed. Please tell our Volunteer Coordinator that you are interested in that position.
Times to Volunteer
A: We do ask volunteers to work with our Community Outreach team to create a regular schedule to which they can commit for one of our riding sessions – generally several months. The times available change throughout the year, so please download our most current schedule of lessons from our program volunteering page.
A: Absolutely! We have high school service clubs that serve food, set up and clean up at our fundraisers. We have groups who come for a one-time service project and those who come regularly. We welcome them all. Just contact us to find out how we can fit your group into our schedule.
A: If you are 14 years or older and you are interested in assisting with our lessons or stable duties, attendance at the two-hour orientation and training session, held monthly, is required.If you are interested in office work or fundraisers please contact us to find out how to get started. In either case, your next step is to contact our Community Outreach Manager by email or by telephone at (916) 685-7433 to express your interest.