Volunteer!

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Volunteer Training: Thursday, October 23rd, 4:00 pm at the barn.  Please join us for a new volunteer training to learn how you can help enrich the lives of others at HorsePower!

If you would like to volunteer, or know someone who would make a great volunteer, please contact us, or pass this information on to them! call (605)251-1685 for more info!

 

Volunteer Refresher Trainings: In order to promote a safe and rewarding experience for our riders and volunteers, long-term volunteers will be required to attend a Refresher course annually in order to keep an active volunteer status. At that time we will also ask you to update your personal and contact information as well as undergo an annual criminal background check. These sessions will be held during the months of Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, and Dec. We will give 6 to 8 weeks notice before your refresher course needs to be attended.

Please join us if you are interested in volunteering at Horsepower. It’s a great, rewarding experience, that really makes a difference in the lives of our participants, and in the lives of our volunteers!

Volunteer Hours Available: During the school year, our program hours (and thus, volunteer hours) are daytime: 9/10:00am until about 5/5:30pm. During the summer we run evening lessons as well, and go until about 8:30pm. Printable Flyer: horsepower volunteer flyer Please print and fill out these 3 Volunteer Forms and bring them with you to the barn: Volunteer Info Form, Volunteer Emergency Medical Tx Form, Volunteer Liability & Photo Release Call 251-1685 for more info.  

Smiles are free! Come experience the love of people and horses “HorsePower style”!  This is the job that pays you so much more than money.  HorsePower pays our volunteers with smiles, and knowing that what you are doing is changing lives of people you can touch, laugh with, and mentor. We need people of all walks in life.  Seniors, retirees, students, family, medical professionals, equine experts; the only requirement is that you be 14 and over and have a willing heart to share. We have periodic volunteer training sessions so you will be confident in what your role is.  Most needed are horse leaders and “side-walkers” – people who walk alongside the horse and keep riders seated.  But many other opportunities to help abound.  Some examples of other needs are grounds keeping, mowing, painting, planting and nurturing flowers, grooming and helping with horses, cleaning up after horses (it can be very therapuetic for you too!),  helping with special events like dances and benefit auctions, the list is endless.  Bring your skill to us and we can use it to help others. If you think this is for you, please contact our staff today – contact information is on our “contact us” page if you would like to phone, or just email today: Rachel.Schafer@HorsePowerSF.com.

  1. Kelsey Halstead

    Hello,

    I am a student from USD and the president of the Pre Occupational Therapy Club on campus, I am looking to see if there are any volunteering opportunities that our group could come and help with?

    look forward to hearing from you

    Thank you
    Kelsey Halstead

    • Hi Kelsey, sorry I am slow to reply. We have opportunity for volunteering all year round, and really can use your help! Just click on the “Volunteer” link for ideas on how you can help. I will send your contact information to our Riding Instructor so she can advise you when our next volunteer trianing will be. We just need you to come to a training session and you are ready to help! Thanks again so much. SK

  2. I am so excited to help out in the community. especially in this way!

  3. I would like to volunteer to be a helper. I am a teacher of special needs students and love working with horses. How do I go about volunteering and meeting with someone to get this all set up?

  4. Hi!
    I am interested in volunteering with Handi-Riders!
    I am a nurse at Sanford and have had experience riding/working with horses! Let me know what I need to do to get involved!!

  5. I would love to volunteer. This seems like an amazing program. I have some experience with horses and with special needs children. I will be there on Saturday.

  6. Janet M. Costello

    Hi,
    My name is Janet. I am 53 and have an 11 year old daughter who has been riding for the last 5 years. She loves horses and kids. I know your volunteer age requirement is 14. I would like her to experience “giving back” and thought this would be the perfect fit. Is this something she and I could possibly do together? We would love to volunteer.

    • Hi Janet, we would absolutely love to have you come out and help. It is so much fun and we have several parents and daughters/sons working together! You will truly experience “giving back” and earn lots of smiles and hugs. Please call 605 251 1685 and visit with Head Instructor Kelsey Barker about setting up a time to come out. Thanks so much!

  7. When is your next volunteer training program? I have a 15 year old daughter who would love this! We live two hours away from Sioux Falls, but I would make it work for her to experience this opportunity.

  8. Hello!

    I am an occupational therapist in Sioux Falls and I am interested in volunteering. I shadowed with Jennifer Sorum as a student and love what you offer. Please contact me with any opportunities. Thanks.

    Lea Johnson OTR/L

    • Lea,
      Thanks so much for contacting us! How great that you’ve seen our program at work, and love what we do at HorsePower! I have forwarded your info to our volunteer coordinator, and she will be in touch with you by email soon. We have an event Monday and Tuesday next week, so it’ll probably be after that. If you wish to call the barn to get things rolling, please feel free! 605-251-1685.

      Thank you,
      Marisa Draper

  9. Kaelyn Treadway

    Do you guys have any opportunities for a Thursday afternoon volunteering? I go to school till 2;45 but I would LOVE to volunteer with horses! I have been looking for something like this for quite awhile! I love horses beyond belief and love helping with kids.
    Thank You!

    • Hi! Thanks so much for contacting us about volunteering. From the latest Spring schedule I’ve seen, it looks like we have a few openings on Thursdays at 3:15. If this is something that might work for you, would you please give the barn a call, so you all can see if this might work? Rachel or Sam are who you will need: 605-251-1685. Thanks so much!

  10. Dorothy Kluckman

    I was looking to volunteer for your organization. I did notice on the site that training opportunities have passed. Is there something that I might be able to assist with? I also work with Wells Fargo and our diverse abilities team might be able to participate in a group activity if there is a need.

    • Hi Dorothy! Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering at HorsePower! There will be another New Volunteer Training on July 8th at 6:00pm. If you would like to get started before then, we would love for you to give us a call, and we can talk about how best to work you in. There are still volunteer spots open currently, so please do give a call: 605-251-1685 and ask for Rachel or Sam. Group activities are always a possibility as well, and Kaia would probably be your contact person for that, but not until net week. Her number is 605-360-2812. We look forward to hearing from you, Dorothy! Thanks!

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