First, let us say thank you. If you clicked on this page, then you or someone you know may be interested in how you can help our organization, and that means the world to us.
At Hooves & Heroes we take the work we do here with a healthy dose of gratitude, humility, and compassion. Those we serve have served us, and this desire to give back even just a little to help tip the scales back in their direction is important work. With that said, we do like to keep things lighthearted and fun as well! Work hard/play hard is something we try to foster in our programs and in our work.
The board members and volunteers in our program are what make our programs so successful, and therefore it is of the utmost importance to us that our team of volunteers be fully committed to the mission of the organization and to those who benefit from our services. Due to the sensitive nature of the work we do here, as well as the risk involved in simply being on a farm with livestock around, we have a few guidelines that need to be followed:
1) Volunteers must be 18 years or older for almost all volunteer opportunities on the farm. We wish this could be different, but due to insurance, risk, and privacy reasons we have to keep to adults at this time for most work. With this said, if we have a "field day" on the farm to give back to our hosts where we are painting or repairing fences, equipment, and so on, we may allow family members to accompany clients and therefore children 12 and up will be allowed with supervision.
2) No drugs or alcohol permitted to be consumed on the premises, nor is anyone allowed on the premises who is under the influence.
3) You must be able-bodied enough to move around on uneven ground. More on this below*.
*Although many volunteer opportunities will require that you are able to lift/carry/push/pull 50lbs or more (such as helping to turn horses out, arrange chairs and fence panels, feed or groom horses, and so on), and be able to walk on uneven ground, uphill, etc.; we have quite a few volunteer opportunities which do not require such a physical load. These opportunities can be done from the office or sitting/standing in a single location such as directing where to park, answering questions about a herd member, answering phones and email, helping to file waivers, and so on. Therefore, if you are worried about not being able to be involved due to physical limitations, please do not worry, we have something for everyone!
The first step to volunteering at Hooves & Heroes is to fill out a form which allows us to gather some simple demographic information from you. Then, our volunteer coordinator will reach out to discuss options further once she receives your form. When you're ready, simply click the link below!