SPIRIT Volunteer FAQ
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
You must be at least 14 years old to volunteer. If you are under 18 years old, you will need to have a parent or legal guardian sign the volunteer release form.
What is the commitment?
2 hours a week (one lesson per week). A session can run anywhere from 4-8 weeks, the season goes from March through November. A lesson is one hour long, we ask all volunteers to arrive 30 minutes before the start of a lesson and depart approximately 30 minutes after one.
What will I do as a volunteer?
Our in class volunteer positions consist of horse leaders and side walkers. Most classes require three volunteers, one horse leader and two side walkers.
Other volunteer positions may include but not limited to the below.
• Assorted service/projects such as tack cleaning and repair, carpentry, painting and maintenance.
• Grant Writing
• Rider recruitment
• Special events
*In class volunteers should be prepared to walk for 45-60 minutes, jog for several minutes to keep up with a trotting horse and hold your arm raised and out to the side for up to an hour at a time in order to help support the rider as a side walker.
What should I bring/wear when I come to volunteer?
When you come to volunteer you should wear closed toe shoes for example supportive tennis shoes, hiking boots or cowboy boots. Long pants and close fitting shirts, no strappy tank tops or bare midriffs. Shorts are not advised. No dangly jewelry.
Volunteer Training Dates
Attending one volunteer training is required for new volunteers and a great refresher for returning volunteers. Attending one horse leading workshop is a MUST for all who would like to be a horse Leader.
There are no trainings scheduled at this time. We would still love to meet you! To get involved please e-mail our volunteer coordinator at Christia13@gmail.com to schedule a time to observe a lesson and learn how to become a volunteer.
For less than a cup of coffee a day, you can
by feeding a family
of 4 for a year
Our volunteers start because they want to give, but stay because they receive so much more than they ever imagined....
Volunteers are essential to our program. Volunteers are mainly needed during in class lessons to assist our horses and riders. Typically we have three volunteers for each lesson and anyone at the minimum age of 14 is welcome to volunteer. No horse experience required as we will teach you everything you need to know.
The minimum time commitment is about 2 hours per week for the duration of a 4-6 week session. We offer classes Tuesday through Saturday. We encourage our volunteers to choose a day and time that works best with their schedule in order to strive for consistency for our riders in that particular session. To volunteer you will need to attend a volunteer training (approximtely 2 hours), we offer these trainings at various times throughout the year. During this training you will learn about Spirit TRC, our facility and methods for grooming, tacking, leading, sidewalking, mounting and dismounting.
We love to have our volunteers return session after session. Your experience helps provide stability and familiarity with our riders and horses. Without our amazing volunteers we are unable to provide this wonderful gift of riding to our many children and adults that benefit from equine assisted activities. If you would like to volunteer in other ways such as special projects or fundraising, Please let us know. Contact our volunteer coordinator, Christi Anderson for more info or to get setup to volunteer today!
Christi Anderson, 509.607.3465
Can't volunteer, but want to give back?
Visit our Sponsor/Donation Page.