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LoveWay Summer Happenings!
We are Thankful For
A HUGE thanks to Genesis Products who sent over 30 volunteers over 3 days during one of the hottest weeks of July! Volunteers helped with everything from laying mulch on the sensory trail, pulling weeds, mucking out paddocks, to stuffing envelopes for a mailing. The LoveWay grounds have never looked as good. Thanks to all!
Our Generous Community
LoveWay at the South Bend Cubs
LoveWay partnered with The Express Employment Professionals of North-Central Indiana and the Express Clydesdalesback on July 1 at a South Bend Cubs game. Photo-ops were available with two of the massive Clydesdales who were brought in on the Four Winds Field concourse. Donations were taken on behalf of LoveWay. This was the second summer that LoveWay has paired up with the Express Professionals. We look forward to future events together!
In Memory of Grant Newcomer
A friend of LoveWay left us too soon. Grant F. Newcomer, 45, of LaGrange died unexpectedly Saturday, June 30, 2018 at his residence because of an accident while working on his car. Grant enjoyed horseback riding, because of this his family asked for memorials to be contributed to LoveWay. We are so sorry for the loss of this man who was always ready to lend a helping hand to others. We will keep his wife, Michele, and their whole family in our thoughts and prayers. We are saddened by this tragedy, but blessed by the generosity of so many who have donated in Grant’s name.
Monogram Loves Kids Foundation
We are thrilled to announce the Monogram Loves Kids Foundation has awarded a grant for $10,000 to support LoveWay’s Student Scholarship Fund! We are so thankful for the generosity shown by our amazing community. Thank you Monogram Loves Kids Foundation!
Volunteer Spotlight
Shout Out to Curt Girton
Our volunteer in the spotlight this month is on Curt Girton, from Bristol. Curt has been volunteering with us for 10 years. He was a Horse Leader for two Wednesday morning classes this past spring, and will resume his role this fall. Three years ago Curt was working with a young boy who was non-verbal and said, “It was the next to the last class of the semester when he spoke for the first time! It brought a tear to my eye because his parents were not there to hear him speak.” Curt also has a 13 year old grandson who lives in Orlando and has autism. Thank you Curt, for your time spent volunteering at LoveWay and the impact that you have had on our students!
4-Legged News
Welcome to Finely, Miracle, and Chester
Finely:
1993
Quarter Horse Mare
Color: Bay
Leased by: Jennifer Patterson
Chester:
2003 Quarter Horse Gelding
Color: Sorrel
Donated by: Danielle Layne
Miracle:
2000 Quarter Horse Gelding
Color: Bay
Donated by: Danielle Layne
All three of these horses are super sweet and are wonderful additions to the LoveWay therapy horse crew!
Happy Retirement Jasper!
Jasper was delivered to his new home in July. Here he is pictured with his new buddy, Ross. He settled in really well and his new owner is in LOVE! Ross and Jasper got along right away. It’s safe to say we found him the perfect home!! Thank you Jasper for your years of service as a LoveWay therapy horse!
**The health and well-being of our equine staff is a number one priority here at LoveWay. For this reason, Merryweather, Whitey, Junior, and Gus are on the soon to be retired list.
Stay tuned for upcoming herd updates!
Save the Date
Volunteer Orientations:
August 14
10:00 am- 12:00 pm
August 16
6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Please call to reserve your spot!
574-825-5666 or email:
Upcoming Events:
Aug. 11 Middlebury Summer Parade
Aug. 20-25 Volunteer Kick Off Week
Aug. 27-Sept. 1  First week of Fall Classes
Sept. 13  Gallop for the Green
Oct. 13  Ride-A-Thon
Gallop for the Green
We would like to send a huge THANK YOU to our Gallop for the Green sponsors: Lippert Components, Airxcel, Matt Arnold, Facility Mechanical Services, and Key Bank. We are so grateful for your support!
There are sponsor opportunities and team slots still available, so gather your team and give us a call or email [email protected] to get signed up!
Flyer and Sponsorship Form available here!
Volunteer Needs
Fall Semester Sign Up
Horse Leader & Sidewalker Kick-Off week is
August 20-25.
Fall Semester starts Monday, August 27 and goes through Saturday, December 1.
Daytime classes are Monday to Saturday.
Evening classes are Monday to Thursday.
Not able to volunteer but still want to help?…
We have you covered!
DONATE!
Without donations LoveWay could not continue to serve the special needs community.
We rely on you and your support.
To make a donation via Paypal:
Or
Mail your check to:
LoveWay, Inc.
54151 County Road 33
Middlebury, Indiana 46540
Thank you!
Where there is love, there is a way!
Everyone Shops!
If you shop on Amazon use the following link: smile.amazon.com/ch/35-1326709 and they will donate .5% of your purchase to LoveWay!
For Hardings go to hardings.com, click ‘Savings & Rewards’ then “Community Rewards” and follow the instructions, choosing LoveWay. When checking out at the register, simply enter your 10 digit phone number on the pin pad.
For Kroger go to krogercommunityrewards.com, register for an online account, select your nearest store, then enter your personal Kroger Rewards number and LoveWay’s Non-Profit number (34704).
Cookie Club
Like to bake cookies? We’d love to have a freezer full of homemade cookies to be available when there’s a work group or special event at LoveWay so that we can provide a nice snack or thank you to those attending. If you’d like to be a “Cookie Club” volunteer contact Erin MP.
LoveWay Summer Happenings!
Thankful for Work Groups
LoveWay was blessed to have several work groups in June. We had groups from KeyBankBristol, the Elkhart County 4-H Dairy Feeders, and the East Goshen Mennonite Church Youth Group. Hot and humid, rain or shine, we are fortunate to have wonderful volunteers mucking paddocks and helping with a variety of other tasks that need done on a daily basis.
Our Generous Community
LoveWay would like to give a HUGE thank you to the Alpha Rho chapter of Tri Kappa! They presented LoveWay with a check for $4,000 recently. This generous donation paid for a new drag for the tractor. LoveWay uses this piece of equipment to drag the riding arena daily. It’s a crucial part of the LoveWay operation!
Dick Hinckley and Lowell Miller from the ToyMakers of Greencroft Middlebury donated some wonderful handcrafted toys to LoveWay. The ToyMakers are a non-profit group from the Middlebury Senior Center who specializes in making toys for children in need.
Their mission is to make children smile, one toy at a time. These horses will definitely bring smiles!
Summer Camps are going on right now. Thanks to Acts of Service for printing the LoveWay camp journals. Color ink can be costly. This was a great help, not to mention the kids love them!
Interested in volunteering for Summer Camps? They are going on through early August.
Give us a call! 574-825-5666
Coming and Going
Welcome to Hannah Kemper
In 2016, Hannah joined LoveWay as a volunteer helping as a sidewalker during classes. Discovering how much she loved the goals and mission of LoveWay, she applied for the Barn Assistant position. Growing up Hannah had opportunities to work with and learn about horses. She is excited to use and grow her knowledge while taking care of God’s creation and serving others. Hannah’s hobbies include: working with a drama ministry, reading, and writing.
Happy Trails Izzy
Please join us in wishing Izzy Baehl Ramsey
the best in her future endeavors. Izzy has been a barn assistant with LoveWay for over a year. Izzy plans to do some camping over the summer, as well as spending extra time with her new puppy. Happy Trails, Izzy! You will be missed by the human and equine staff!
Volunteer Spotlight
LoveWay’s Volunteer Spotlight for July features Becky McKenna! Becky has been a volunteer for over 15 years! She has participated in LoveWay’s (former) Saturday Morning Teen Volunteer program, been a horse feeder, as well as being a horse leader. She especially enjoys helping at LoveWay’s Ride-A-Thon where she has ridden her own horse as well as been an “extra set of hands on the ground.” Most recently Becky has graciously accepted filling in as our Volunteer Coordinator for the summer until we hire a full-time person. She will be working Tuesdays and Thursdays through August. We appreciate Becky’s years of service and her willingness to step in and help in so many different areas.
4-Legged News
We’d like to announce Rupert’s retirement from LoveWay! Rupert went home with his original family on June 20, 2018. Owner Travis was thrilled to have him come home and meet his new donkey pasture mate. Thank you Rupert for your service to LoveWay. We will miss you, but we’re very happy you’ll be living a life of leisure going forward!
**The health and well-being of our equine staff is a number one priority here at LoveWay. For this reason, Jasper, Penny, and Merryweather are on the soon to be retired list.
Stay tuned for upcoming herd updates!
Save the Date
Volunteer Orientations:
August 14
10:00 am- 12:00 pm
August 16
6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Please call to reserve your spot!
574-825-5666 or email:
Upcoming Events:
Aug. 20-25            Volunteer Fall Kick-Off Week
Aug. 27-Sept. 1    First week of Fall Classes
Thu., Sept. 13       Gallop for the Green
Sat., Oct. 13          Ride-A-Thon
Volunteer Needs
Summer Camp
July 9-13, 9 am-12pm
July 16-20, 9am-12pm
July 30-Aug. 3, 9am-12pm
We have spots open for Horse Leaders, Sidewalkers,
Craft/Game helpers, and Photographers (Camera supplied).
To sign up to volunteer in Summer Camp or the Fall Semester,
please call:
574-825-5666 or
e-mail:
Not able to volunteer but still want to help?…
We have you covered!
Everyone shops!
If you shop on Amazon use the following link: smile.amazon.com/ch/35-1326709 and they will donate .5% of your purchase to LoveWay!
For Hardings go to hardings.com, click ‘Savings & Rewards’ then “Community Rewards” and follow the instructions, choosing LoveWay. When checking out at the register, simply enter your 10 digit phone number on the pin pad.
For Kroger go to krogercommunityrewards.com, register for an online account, select your nearest store, then enter your personal Kroger Rewards number and LoveWay’s Non-Profit number (34704).
Fall Semester Sign Up
Horse Leader & Sidewalker Kick-Off week is
August 20-25.
Fall Semester starts Monday, August 27 and goes through Saturday, December 1.
Daytime classes are Monday to Saturday.
Evening classes are Monday to Thursday.
DONATE!
Without donations LoveWay could not continue to serve the special needs community.
We rely on you and your support.
To make a donation via Paypal:
Or
Mail your check to:
LoveWay, Inc.
54151 County Road 33
Middlebury, Indiana 46540
Thank you!
Where there is love, there is a way!
Cookie Club
Like to bake cookies? We’d love to have a freezer full of homemade cookies to be available when there’s a work group or special event at LoveWay so that we can provide a nice snack or thank you to those attending. If you’d like to be a “Cookie Club” volunteer contact Erin MP.
Newsletter June 2018
Catch up with all of the latest news!!
Sign-Ups for Summer & Fall
Our amazing head of Programs, Chris Stice, has been working diligently to fill every class for FALL 2018. She has a FULL schedule planned and therefor we need SEVERAL volunteers!!
Sign-up sheets to volunteer are posted for Summer Camp weeks and for the fall semester. Please see our web-site or call the office today to sign-up!
Sign up for any summer camp or fall classes during the week of 6-18 thru 6-22 and you will receive your choice of a
FREE LoveWay key-chain or car decal!
Bring a friend who signs up and you also receive a
FREE LoveWay coffee mug!!
Staff News
Steph Becomes an Instructor!!
Congrats to our Stephanie Smith, now an OFFICIAL PATH Certified Instructor! Over a four-day certification period Steph passed all the required instructing and riding components, receiving her certification on April 7th. Steph began as an Instructor-in-Training at LoveWay in September, completing her instructing hours and trainings and various exams over the months before her certification. We’re extremely proud of Steph and her abilities as an Instructor! LoveWay’s Instructors are certified by and LoveWay is accredited by PATH, Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship).
Cait Leaves for Colorado!
Cait Wilson, LoveWay’s Equine Manager, worked her last day on May 18. Cait will be moving to Colorado later this summer. Her knowledge and spirit will be missed, by both people and horses. Maggie Pippenger is serving as the Interim Equine Manager.
Wishing Jon the BEST!
Please join us in wishing Jon Kauffmann-Kennel the best in his future endeavors as he has left LoveWay to pursue other opportunities.Thank you Jon, for your heart for LoveWay.
You will be missed!
Would you like to be a part of the LoveWay team?
Check out our open Positions!
Equine & Facilities Manager
LoveWay is seeking a full-time Equine & Facilities Manager. Extensive equine knowledge with a background in herd management is required. Must have strong communication skills and have a passion for working with volunteers, students with special needs and of course horses!  This position includes managing the herd’s lifestyle, conditioning, evaluation, performance, training, selection, departure and record-keeping. This position also includes property management, facility maintenance and the ability to perform basic handyman needs. Must be physically fit and have a flexible schedule. Background checks required. For more information please contact LoveWay.
Volunteer Coordinator
LoveWay is seeking a Volunteer Coordinator and Marketing Director. Our current team loves what they do and has a strong passion for the mission of LoveWay. We are seeking a person who wants to be an integral part of the team and has a passion for our mission, riders, volunteers, donors and our horses. This position is critical to our organization as we partner with over 350+ volunteers to fulfill our mission to the Special needs community of Elkhart County. Strong organizational talents, execution abilities, communication and recruitment skills are all critical to this position. We are looking for a game-changer!
Part-Time Stable Assistant
Love horses? Here’s an awesome opportunity for an equine enthusiast and experienced horse person. The position requires an individual who is self-motivated, hard-working, punctual and responsible. Applicants must be over the age of 18. Responsibilities include cleaning stalls, handling and care of horses, feeding, turning out/bringing in, blanket changes, recognizing injuries and sickness, taking direction from the Equine Manager and following instructions. Primary function is feeding our herd and monitoring their general health and soundness. Must be physically fit and available on weekends. For more information please contact LoveWay.

Keeping Focus as a Volunteer 

We had an experience this spring on an outdoor trail where one horse spooked and turned, causing another to do the same, and in the process both riders fell off the horses. Sometimes things just happen, but it’s a good reminder that when we’re helping in a class we need to keep up our focus. It can become easy to just be walking along, everything is fine, you’re comfortable with how your rider or horse is doing. But you never know when you might need to calm a horse or catch a rider who’s coming off. Don’t stress about worst-case scenarios, but do keep on your toes for the “just in case” situations. Your attentiveness helps create safe and wonderful experiences for our riders.
Unique Volunteer Opportunities
Looking for another way to volunteer?
  • Join the Cookie Club to help ensure that LoveWay has cookies in the freezer when we have special events or work groups who would enjoy a tasty treat.
  • We can use help with morning and afternoon Feeding and Barn Chores (7:00-8:30 a.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m.). Contact Maggie Pippenger if you can help.
  • Like to pull weeds? Mow? Weed eat fence-lines? We have enough to go around for everyone!
  • Could you clean out a paddock or horse shelter? We have 15 to chose from!
Four legged Team-members!
Patches (lower left) , Flicka (upper right) and Rosie (middle right) are now part of the LoveWay therapy horse staff! Do you see the resemblance in Rosie to one of our old LoveWay horses?…If you guessed Babe you are right!! They are all absolutely amazing and wonderful additions to our equine staff…stop by this summer and meet them!
Singer is a new horse not shown who is in his trial period while we assess his suitability for LoveWay’s program. Stay tuned to learn the latest on his status!
MAC is BACK!!! (lower right) Mac returned from a 6 week stay with horse trainer Ryan Eash this week. He will need continued reinforcement of all Ryan has taught him but we anticipate putting him in classes this summer! Ryan personally trained a handful of leaders who are now approved to work with Mac to ensure his success! Thank you Ryan for all your hard work!
We continue to look for the right horses for our equine team. This page on our website contains information on how we select our equine staff….please take a look! You may know the next LoveWay horse!
Upcoming Dates
June 18-22                        First Summer Camp week
Aug. 20-25                        Volunteer Fall Kick-Off Week
Aug. 27-Sept. 1                 First week of Fall Classes
Thu., Sept. 13                   Gallop for the Green
Sat., Oct. 13                      Ride-A-Thon
Thank You for Supporting LoveWay!
We so appreciate the gifts of time, talents and financial support that are the bedrock of LoveWay’s services. Thank you!
You can also support LoveWay when you shop at Amazon.com, Harding’s and Kroger.
  • For Amazon simply go to smile.amazon.com/ch/35-1326709 and they will donate .5% of your purchase to LoveWay!
  • For Hardings go to hardings.com, click ‘Savings & Rewards’ then “Community Rewards” and follow the instructions, choosing LoveWay. When checking out at the register, simply enter your 10 digit phone number on the pin pad.
  • For Kroger go to krogercommunityrewards.com, register for an online account, select your nearest store, then enter your personal Kroger Rewards number and LoveWay’s Non-Profit number (34704).
Thank You!
We’d like to give a special shout-out to some of our supporters, including
Veterinary & Poulty Supply, 120 S Greene Rd, Goshen
F.D. Miller Feed & Supply, 9690 W 200 S, Shipshewana
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