Dear Prospective Volunteer,
Chakota Therapeutic Riding Center, founded June 14, 2005, is a community-based human service organization which provides Therapeutic Horseback Riding for children and adults with disabilities. Chakota Therapeutic Riding Center is the only facility within an 80-mile radius to offer Therapeutic Horseback Riding. Our Board of Directors consists of individuals from the community who care about the program and have graciously volunteered their time, expertise and enthusiasm to help maintain and grow the program. Chakota Therapeutic Riding Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, Int’l (PATH, Int’l) center member.
Thank you for your interest in Chakota Therapeutic Riding Center. Our volunteer program is an ongoing effort to meet the needs of our clients enrolled in therapeutic riding. Within the program, we have 2 levels of skill: side-walkers and leaders. Each level builds on the previous one. We will train you! No previous horse experience is necessary. Our volunteers also help out in the office, around the barn, and in the garden.
Our entry level volunteer position is a Sidewalker. This volunteer walks along the side of the horse and provides safety and stability to the riders as they work toward their therapeutic goals. We require a minimum of a one-two hour time commitment, same day each week. This is very different from most volunteer programs, where the volunteer is not necessarily tied down to a specific day and time. Here, if a volunteer does not show up...the client does not ride. Therefore, we require and greatly appreciate as much advance notice for any volunteer absence that may occur. Is this something you think you can do? Please let me know if you have any questions. Our beginning age for volunteering is 14...needless to say, it becomes a family commitment to make sure a volunteer who doesn't drive can follow through on the commitment to Chakota Therapeutic Riding Center.
Your next step is to fill out a Chakota Therapeutic Riding Center application below. We hold required Orientation and Sidewalker training sessions on various days. Please call Kay at 618-334-0885 to reserve your spot. Dress code is for a barn environment…shoes that cover your feet (no sandals!) and no short shorts!
Again, thank you for your interest in Chakota Therapeutic Riding Center. We are always in need of volunteers!
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