LoveWay is proud to offer several volunteer opportunities to the community. Below are just a few of the ways in which you can help us support our mission of therapeutic equestrian services to individuals with special needs. If you do not find something on the list of which you believe might be a volunteer benefit to our organization, please reach out to the Volunteer Coordinator to let us know your ideas! You may reach our Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected] or 574.825.5666. Thank you!
Class volunteers help students before, during, and after their therapeutic riding lessons in barn and arena activities. Depending on the rider’s ability level they may require the help of up to three volunteers. Grooming and tacking is part of the lesson and is done alongside the rider. In the arena, volunteers lead the horse or walk beside the rider keeping them safe, balanced, and focused. After the riding lesson, volunteers help the student untack their horse and put all equipment back in the tack room, turn out horses, and clean up the barn. Most classes are held in our heated, indoor arena. On nice days sessions may be held in the outdoor arena or on one of our wooded trails.
Volunteers are needed to help with classes Monday-Saturday for daytime and evening sessions. Classes generally last for about an hour, once a week. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and be able to walk for a minimum of an hour on uneven ground.
Facility & Grounds Maintenance:
Facility maintenance volunteers assist with the upkeep and maintenance of pastures, fences, grounds, stable, and buildings. They help mow pastures and trim the grounds in the summer and assist with snow removal in the winter. Maintenance may also include making repairs or cleaning inside the facility. Interested persons must be at least 16 years old, capable with tools, and able to drive mowers, tractors, and other farm equipment.
Barn Chores & Feeding Team:
LoveWay’s Barn Team works hard every day to keep our horse herd well fed and cared for, and we deeply appreciate help with routine tasks such as picking out stalls and adding clean bedding, keeping water buckets clean and filled, maintaining a clean and orderly barn, and leading horses in or out of the barn when they work in classes. Some tasks may be done any time, while others coincide with our twice-daily feeding routines (7:30 -9:00 a.m. for breakfast and 3:30-5:00 p.m. for dinner). You don’t need to know how to do chores to join us – our staff and volunteers will be happy to teach you how! This is a great opportunity to improve your equine knowledge, too!
If you are experienced with or interested in photography or videography, we are always glad to have more great images and videos to help tell our story.
Help with data entry, phones, filing, mailings and other small projects.
LoveWay relies on our yearly fundraisers to keep our organization running. Volunteers are a vital component to making these a success! Some fundraisers require the help of 50-100 helpers. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and assist with events. Helping with a special event is a great opportunity to volunteer as a family or group.