Volunteer opportunities abound at FREE— And our staff and riders love our volunteers!

Who Can Volunteer?

If you have one day a year, a half of day a month or three to four hours one day a week, FREE would love to have you as a volunteer. And, with a variety of tasks that need performed, you don’t have to be a horse person to volunteer. Of course, if you like being around horses, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities for you to interact with horses.

  We are seeking individuals who have a giving heart.  

  • Independent volunteers must be 15 years and older.
  • Youth volunteers between ages 12 and 14 are required to volunteer with a parent, guardian or designated group leader.
  • All volunteers 18 years and older must undergo a background check using FREE’s appointed company before actively volunteering . FREE will pay half of the cost of a volunteer’s background check
Side Walkders

Volunteer Opportunity
Side Walkers

All volunteers in the FREE program begin as side walkers. One or two side walkers are needed for every rider in each of our adaptive horsemanship classes for special needs individuals and at-risk youth. All volunteers serving as sidewalkers will be given training specific to FREE, and this training must be completed before working with horses.

Physical fitness- wise, volunteers serving as side walkers must be able to walk in the sand arena for an hour and jog for moderate distances. Time-wise, you are needed one day a week for 1.5 hours for a 12-week session. If you want to volunteer for two back-to-back classes, that works for us too. (Check out what our volunteers say about helping out as side walkers.)

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Volunteer Opportunity
Horse Leaders

Horse leaders—whose key job is to focus on leading the horse—must first serve a side walkers. All volunteers serving as horse leaders will be given training specific to FREE so they know how FREE handles its horses and volunteers are comfortable in this role. This training must be completed before working with horses.

Volunteer horse leaders must be able to walk and jog in sand arena for an hour while maintaining control of the horse. Time wise you are needed 2 hours a week for a 12-week session.

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Volunteer Opportunity
Class Assistants

Our horsemanship and groundwork classes for veterans and first responders need individuals 21 years of age and older who are comfortable interacting with horses and people. You’ll assist our PATH Intl. certified instructors in helping participants have a successful experience at every class. Knowledge of horses and horse/person behavior is a must. Training will be provided so you feel comfortable in your role.

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Volunteer Opportunity
Bookkeeping

If bookkeeping/accounting is your wheel house, then we would love to have you assist us with these duties. Volunteers are needed to invoice participants, deposit checks and handle accounting/bookkeeping tasks associated with our non-profit. Being a QuickBooks guru is a plus.

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Volunteer Opportunity
One-off Assistance, Events

If you prefer to volunteer on occasion for a half day or a full day, we have a spot for you. We could use individuals who can provide IT support on an as-needed basis, help check in participants at our annual horse show, serve on committees, seek silent auction items, etc.

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Time Commitment, Scheduling

  • Volunteers who wish to help with barn duties are needed for one to four hours a day, one day of week, Monday through Thursday, for three months.
  • Volunteers serving as side walkers are asked to commit to one day a week for 1.5 hours, Monday through Thursday, for three months.
  • Volunteers serving as horse leaders are asked to commit to one day a week for 2 hours, Monday through Thursday, for three months
  • Volunteers interested in helping with administrative tasks, bookkeeping and IT support have a highly flexible schedule.
Yes, I Want to Volunteer!

What Our Volunteers Say about Their Experiences

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"I have really enjoyed volunteering with FREE. It has been wonderful to spend time with horses and watch the riders gain skills, confidence, and have fun through the program. I highly recommend volunteering with FREE."
Aiden W.
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"I thoroughly enjoyed volunteering for FREE. Watching the kids gain confidence in riding and learning about taking care of horses was just as much a benefit to me as it was to the riders. Horses are such good medicine! Thank you for the opportunity to work with them and the kids."
Anne G.
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"My daughter and I always look forward to the chance to volunteer together for FREE. The annual Horse Show is one of our favorites. Seeing the accomplishments of the riders and their interactions with the horses and instructors is so inspiring. We are so glad to be a part of this meaningful program."
Angie M.
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"What better volunteer program than to be helping provide a safe and adaptive equestrian experience for special needs persons in our own community! The dedication and commitment of the team of volunteers is exceptional and contagious! It is heartwarming to watch the participants ride and develop their confidence week by week. This program has a great formula for helping persons with needs experience success. I love being a part of that process!"
Nina R.
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I started volunteering with FREE this year, and am so impressed with the program. The staff are warm, knowledgeable and patient, and it’s great to see the riders make progress in their skills while building confidence and having a great time.
Marie O.
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"Volunteering with free provides a delightful opportunity to interact with well-mannered horses, enthusiastic participants and dedicated volunteers and thankful volunteer coordinators."
Lisa H.
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"I absolutely love being a volunteer at FREE. My favorite part of volunteering is seeing how much our riders learn in the lessons and how excited they are when they get it. Seeing the smile on their faces brings me great joy!"
Daniela R.
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