Kiddy Up Ranch’s dedicated volunteer team is the backbone of our organization. You don’t need to have horse experience but you need to feel comfortable with the horses and be able to complete tasks independently. There are many areas in which volunteer assistance is appreciated: participating during classes as a horse handler or side walker, providing horse care, grounds maintenance, office duties and special events. Kiddy Up Ranch needs assistance 7 days a week and operates both mornings and afternoons. Ages 14 years and older.
"The heart of volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others"
Lesson Program Volunteers assist by leading horses or walking beside riders (sidewalking) during classes. Sidewalkers walk or trot by the side of the horse, assisting the students with his/her balance under the direction of the instructor. Horse leaders guide the therapy horse in walking, trotting, and halting during the lesson, under the direction of the instructor. Lesson program volunteers must commit to a consistent weekly schedule, coming the same day and time each week, which allows the development of a bond between the volunteer, student, and instructor. Arena assistant will help set the arena up for each class. Ensuring the arenas are mucked, and clean. This person will also assist the instructor in setting up and creating lesson plan activities.
Horse Care Volunteers work directly with barn staff to help feed and care for the horses and the facility. This work is suited to those interested in hands-on work with our horses and farm animals, or to high school or college students seeking internships or community service opportunities. Volunteers in the equine program should be willing to commit to a specified, consistent period of time each week.
Special Events Volunteers serve on event committees and assist with planning marketing, and helping with special events and yearly fundraising. You must be outgoing and have the ability to market and coordinate well with others.
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR - • Recruit volunteers using different recruiting various techniques & platforms * Collect information on qualifications and skills * Arrange for training orientation * Manage schedules for everyday activities * Assign responsibilities as appropriate * Communicate frequently with volunteers * Ensure volunteers are satisfied by creating a health working environment / COVID protection and hosting special volunteer events * Keep and manage records of volunteers’ information and work * Track volunteers work * Evaluate volunteers work * Give constructive feedback and offer additional training and resources for our growing Volunteers .
Facility/Barn Maintenance Volunteers help with general maintenance, repairs and improvements of the facility, including fencing, painting and equipment operating landscaping, gardening and special project support to our project manager Mr. Todd .
Office Volunteers assist with quick books , data entry, photocopying, and other support tasks. They also serve as receptionists and help answering phone calls , doing call backs and scheduling .
Shack/ Market Kiddy Up Ranch has an on-site farmers market. This market is run by our students and staff. The market donations help fund our therapy program each week. This person would need to be outgoing and able to run a register /IPad and help stock the market. Some lifting could be involved. Also maintaining the cleanliness which includes wiping down counters, cleaning fridges , watering and pruning plants as well as greeting and helping customers.