They willingly give their time, energy and support to those in need. They have no expectations, but are rewarded by the smiles and exultations of accomplishment from the clients they serve. As part of The Shea Center team, they serve from the heart. Would you like to be a Shea Center Volunteer?
The Lesson Volunteers work directly with the Instructors or Therapists to provide assistance prior to and during lessons. The main responsibilities include participating in the lesson by leading the horse or sidewalking. As a volunteer you must be able to commit to the same day and time for a full session. What a wonderful opportunity to be able to work outside with our clients and horses.
Tuesdays: 2:00 through 5:00 pm
Wednesdays: 2:00 through 4:00 pm
Thursdays: 2:00 through 5:00 pm
Fridays: 2:00 through 4:00 pm
Saturdays: 9:00 through 11:00 am & 1:00 through 3:00 pm
- Volunteers must be 14 years of age.
- Be able to lift up to 20 lbs. i.e., a saddle.
- Be able to walk and jog on uneven ground during a 45 minute lesson.
- After training, be able to perform tasks with minimal supervision.
- Be able to accept constructive feedback.
- Be able to commit the same day & time weekly for the entire session.
- Be willing to learn and follow "The Shea Way" procedures.
- Dress in appropriate barn attire.
- Horse knowledge and experience is helpful, but not necessary.
- Arrive no later than 20 minutes before your scheduled time.
- Assist staff with lesson preparation.
- Assist with barn and arena chores.
- Assist instructors and therapists by leading or sidewalking with riders.
- Perform miscellaneous tasks as assigned by staff.
- Attend continuing education opportunities.
Consistency is very important for the smooth running of our riding program. Therefore, we ask volunteers to commit to an entire 10-11 week session. Your dependability is essential.
Office volunteer duties may include helping with mailings, data entry, filing, or answering or making phone calls. We ask that you be able to commit to a minimum of 3 hours a week for a full session.
Working with the Development Department and/or event chairperson, these volunteers staff and help plan our exciting special events like the Annual Black Tie Gala and Annual BBQ and Family Faire. These events make an impact by directing the community's attention and support to the Center. Other opportunities may include thank you calls, on-site tours or participation on committees.