Volunteers are the heart of Rainbow Riders. Without their dedication, loyalty, and hard work, it would not be possible for us to fulfill our mission. There are many individual reasons why people volunteer with us, but all provide the chance to join a thriving, nurturing community whose goal is to positively impact the lives of as many people with needs as possible.

Rainbow Riders offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities. Some require horse experience, but many do not. All we need is your willingness to give of yourself and commit your time.

Program Volunteers

Assist by leading horses or walking beside students (sidewalking) during classes. Horse leaders need a general knowledge of horses. Horse leaders are responsible for leading horses during class. Sidewalkers do not need horse experience. They are responsible for communicating with the students and offering them physical and emotional support. Program volunteers should be willing to commit to the same day and time each week and are required to attend our introductory volunteer orientation.

Barn Volunteers

Assist with general barn chores and work directly with barn staff to care for the horses and get them ready for the program (grooming and tacking). They are required to attend our introductory volunteer orientation prior to beginning their work.

Farm/Facilities Volunteers

Help with general maintenance, repairs, and improvements of the facility, including fence repair, manure management, gardening, and trail maintenance. They are required to attend our introductory volunteer orientation \prior to beginning their work.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

On an as-needed basis, Rainbow Riders also requires volunteer help with special events, administrative tasks, and skilled work such as carpentry and photography. Depending on the scope of the task(s), special-assignment volunteers may be asked to attend our introductory volunteer orientation and prior to beginning their work.

Corporate and Civic Volunteer Group

Rainbow Riders is very fortunate to partner with many corporate and civic groups seeking a meaningful volunteering experience. We welcome the help of local organizations and can assure you your efforts will have a lasting impact on the lives of deserving students. Most group volunteer efforts involve farm projects that we design to enhance our students’ therapeutic experience, benefit our therapeutic horses or help us maintain a safe and beautiful environment at Rainbow Riders Farm. We are also open to discussing other project ideas with your group.

Youth Leadership Volunteers

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