At Hope Grows, we rely on our volunteers to help out with the daily task list, our garden, and miscellaneous jobs that arise. We are grateful for the time our volunteers give and it is this act of selflessness that keeps our farm running. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, you may pick up additional information at the barn office or contact the volunteer coordinator by phone or email.
Volunteers are required to:
- complete a volunteer application, a liability release form, and signed consent from a parent/guardian if applicable
- attend an informal interview with the volunteer coordinator
- attend an orientation prior to or on their first scheduled visit
- agree to follow barn rules and expectations
- communicate with the volunteer coordinator regarding their volunteer schedule
- represent Hope Grows while they are on property
- keep track of their hours by signing in and out when they visit
Who are our volunteers?
Our volunteers are:
- skilled adults or families
- youth volunteers (ages 15-17) who can work independently under the direction of a staff member
- youth/adult volunteers who work together with an adult mentor or an outside program staff
- volunteer groups
What do volunteers do?
Volunteers participate in a number of activities based on the skills and interests of the volunteer, the availability of both the staff and the volunteer, and the needs of the program. The following are some examples of areas where we need help:
- grounds clean-up and maintenance
- office tasks
- leading/assisting a program or clinic (we welcome suggestions)
- help with annual fundraisers
- light carpentry
- barn chores
- assisting with the therapeutic riding program
How much time do volunteers have to commit to?
We have people who assist us once a season to once a week for any duration, usually 20 minutes to 1 hour of work time. No job is too small!
A couple of notes about volunteering:
- Scheduling is based on the availability of staff to supervise and the needs of the volunteer.
- The number of volunteers at the barn is limited each day to ensure proper safety and supervision.
- For everyone’s safety, work with the horses is for skilled adults and youth working directly under a qualified staff member. However, all volunteers are welcome to visit with the horses/animals at the end of their session.
- We try to be flexible! If there is a problem, please tell us; otherwise we can’t fix it.
To our youth volunteers assigned to daily barn chores…
It is important to us that we are able to offer opportunities for local youth and young adults ages 15 and up to develop employment skills, work ethic, and self-esteem by assisting with with daily barn chores. Since we rely on your participation, we ask that you make a commitment to a schedule and let us know in advance if you won’t be able to attend due to other events or vacations. If you are frequently a no-show, we reserve the right to give the spot to someone else on the wait list. If you are having difficulty managing the work, we reserve the right to make adjustments to suit everyone’s needs such as a change in supervision, a change in tasks, or a change in the number of or duration of visits.