VOLUNTEER WITH US!
Who may volunteer?
We are interested in all who are willing to give their time in exchange for a rewarding and fun experience. Minors must be supervised at all times by a parent or guardian. You should be able to commit to no less than 4 days per month, each time for a minimum of 4 hours. You are welcome to spend as much time as you wish.
How do I become a volunteer?
First you will need to complete a volunteer registration application packet. After completing the forms contained in the application packet please scan and email the completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will review your application and contact you to schedule an orientation at the farm. We ask that no one comes to the farm without a prior scheduled appointment.
After attending a volunteer orientation session, you may schedule to volunteer on a weekly basis. Use Sign-Up Genius to schedule the dates you will be coming. This allows us to plan for coverage and special projects.
I have horse experience. Do I need to attend an orientation training session?
Yes, everyone, regardless of experience must attend an orientation training session. This way you will be given a chance to ask any questions you might have, receive a full tour of our facility, meet our horses and learn about the day to day chores of the farm.
Do I need previous horse experience?
No, you don’t need horse experience to volunteer here. Basic training is provided in our orientation training sessions.
What is covered in the volunteer training orientation sessions?
- History of 13 Hands Equine Rescue, Inc.
- Volunteer policies and procedures. Rules & regulations.
- Actual horse handling, to include: proper grooming, leading of a horse, blanketing, paddock turnout, etc.
When do you need volunteers?
Our needs are year round. We are open Monday through Sunday. The earliest time we need volunteers is 7:45 a.m. and the latest is early evening. When completing the volunteer application packet, please be as specific as you can about your availability. Busy days are Tuesday and Friday and busy times every day are 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. That’s when we feed the horses, turn them out and/or bring them back in for the night.
What is the commitment to volunteer?
We ask that you commit at least 4 days per month to volunteer. Click through to our SignUpGenius at the bottom of the page to see our Volunteer Schedule and sign up for days and times that fit your schedule. *Please note that all NEW volunteers must attend orientation prior to their first visit. To get scheduled for orientation, fill out and submit the volunteer application.
When signing up to volunteer you will see an am time slot (8-12) and a pm time slot (1-5). Sign up for one of those slots and you can enter your arrival and departure in the “Comments” section if you need to alter. For instance, select the am slot and in the comments note – “8-4 all day” or “9-1, etc. Please try to stick to a minimum of 4 hours per visit so that we can plan any projects appropriately. The busy times are 8 am and around 3 pm. Please do not plan on arriving between 12 noon and 1:00 pm as we do take a lunch break.
Aside from being fun, volunteering provides the opportunity to receive rewarding personal experiences, fulfill community service requirements, learn new things, engage in good exercise and even develop lifelong friendships.
What other volunteer opportunities are there at 13 Hands?
There are certain skills that we always need:
- PR & Marketing
- Website Hosting/Editing
- Grant Writing
- Quarterly Volunteer Meetings
We have great opportunities for volunteers all the time. We need your help with our events, organizing our Spring Family Fun Day, coordinating fundraising, helping at our Information Tables at the summer farmers’ markets, creating communications, and so much more. Volunteers are what make our events possible! Please let us know if you are interested in helping us with any of the following: Public Relations, Marketing, Website, Event Planning, Fundraising, Grant Writing, Education, and Operations. You can indicate your areas of interest in the Volunteer Application.
Please download the volunteer registration application packet here to print and complete. Please email the completed forms to us at email@example.com. We look forward to meeting you and hearing about your interests in volunteering. We’ll be in touch with you shortly. Thank you for your interest!