Volunteer at LoveWay
Helping at LoveWay is a rewarding experience and gives you an opportunity to see miracles happen and to make new friends! There are many different opportunities to get involved with our organization. Here are some ways you can help:
Therapeutic Riding Class Volunteers
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 30-60 minutes on uneven ground.
Facility Maintenance Volunteers
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, be capable with tools, and be able to drive mowers, tractors, and other farm equipment.
Barn Chores & Feeding Team Volunteers:
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 to 9:00am for breakfast and 3:30 – 5:00pm 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!
Saturday Morning Teen Volunteers (SMTV):
Due to the popularity of our riding classes, there are not enough staff to cover all programs. In order to ensure we are offering our riders the best services possible, we have temporarily suspended the Saturday Morning Teen Volunteer Program. We plan to revamp the program and relaunch it this fall.
Camp volunteers assist children without disabilities in week-long day camps during summer break. They act as the rider’s buddy for the week helping them as they learn to ride and interact safely with their horse. Campers range in age from 6-14 years old and are learning the basics of horsemanship and riding. Click here to learn more about opportunities for camp.
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.
Internships & Community Service
LoveWay offers internships to college students. You initially need to call the office to set up a meeting with the Volunteer Coordinator to discuss availability of hours, opportunities, duties, and get a tour of the facility. We will work with you to provide the number of hours and experiences you will you need and find useful.
LoveWay is very glad to work with qualified persons who need to get Community Service hours. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator to discuss availability, opportunities, duties, and to get a tour of the facility.