You do not need horse experience to help!
Thank you for considering volunteering with Envision Therapeutic Horsemanship Inc. (Envision). Volunteering is an extremely rewarding adventure and there are countless ways that one person can make a difference in the lives of others. Envision wants to help you share your skills, talents and desires with others in the most rewarding way possible!
Envision is dedicated to providing the highest standards of professionalism, training and safety to our clients, volunteers and staff. To achieve this, Envision requires all volunteers to complete a general orientation, department specific training and various confidential background checks. Envision values every person’s privacy and safety and takes our responsibility for confidential financial and medical records very seriously. We also strive to provide the safest working environment possible. Thank you for helping us maintain these standards.
Envision is a volunteer dependent, non-profit organization. Your willingness to support us with your time, skills and expertise is greatly valued. Some of the areas require specific skills and training and will require a specialized volunteer packet. Please fill out the Volunteer Interest Form below. For information on open opportunities, or assisting with therapeutic riding, click the link before completing the interest form.
We are always looking for great volunteers. Envision is recruiting volunteers with a variety of skills. Here is a sampling of some current opportunities:
- Web and Social Media Team
- We need a few enthusiastic, creative, energetic volunteers who work well with others and on their own to help maintain our website, social media, newsletters, brochures, signs, videos and slideshows. If you have experience with WordPress, FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Flckr, PowerPoint, Photoshop, MailChimp and similar online tools and like working with fun virtual teams, please consider volunteering a few hours per month with us!
- Annual Forms Update Team
- Are you an Adobe Acrobat fillable forms wizard? Do those fields and buttons just fly off your fingers when you import a Word or Excel file or need to create a form from scratch? If so, you will be cherished if you volunteer a few hours per month helping Envision make it easy for our clients, staff, volunteers, donors and friends to do the “virtual paperwork”!
- Outreach and Development Teams
- Do you like meeting new people? Does listening to members of a community ignite your passion to help? Do you love to tell a great story and share your passion with others? If so, you may be a perfect fit for Envision’s community outreach and development teams. Many team members visit one to four community members in the Valley of the Sun each month to learn how Envision can serve them, or partner with them to serve more clients. This team helps set up and staff booths at community events to share the opportunities of the Envision Equine Assisted Therapeutic Activities and Resource Center. How much fun these volunteers have is only limited by the time they have. If this describes you, let us know!
- Envision Newsroom
- Members of this team include photographers, videographers, branding experts, graphic artists, scriptwriters, copy writers (in English and/or Spanish), PowerPoint developers and researchers. They love visual and written communication, and have a passion for our mission, clients, and horses. These volunteers develop content for our brochures, posters, newsletters, website, videos, and special exhibits and events. Some team members help where ever, when ever they have time, using their tablets and PCs. Others visit the barn, our partner affiliates, or our off-site special events to capture great moments in pictures and quotes. (Note: client and volunteer privacy and confidentiality is carefully protected at Envision, so our “reporters” get special training and follow clear rules about permissions in service delivery areas.) If you have these kinds of skills and can volunteer some time, let us know!
- Envision Advisory Board
- Members of this team include veterinarians, large animal veterinary technicians specializing in horses, business or non-profit financial experts, non-profit marketing experts, attorneys, client or caregiver experts, and project managers. They love giving back to their communities, and have a passion for our mission, clients, and horses. These professional volunteers develop community relationships, advise the board and senior staff on practical matters and best practices via phone or email, and give insight into their field of expertise as it pertains to non-profit management. Some team members help where ever, when ever they have time, using their tablets and PCs. Others visit the barn, our partner affiliates, or our off-site special events and attend relevant Board of Director or Staff meetings. If you are interested in joining our Advisory Board, please email Lisa Pewe to let us know!
Therapeutic Riding Program Volunteering FAQ
Here are some guidelines specific to volunteering with the Therapeutic Riding program. There are many other volunteer opportunities available.
- Can you commit to a schedule of 3 or 4 hours per week, for 6 consecutive weeks?
- Can you walk for 30 minutes and jog beside a horse for a short distance?
- Can you walk hold your left or right arm up at shoulder height for 15 minutes at a time while supporting a rider?
- Do you have any physical limitations or medical conditions about which we should know? Examples would be allergies to dust or animal hair or dander.
- Have you had a Tetanus shot or booster in the past 10 years? Health professionals recommend that people get immunization against Tetanus every 10 years, especially when working around animals.
- Have you had CPR/First Aid Training?
- Do you speak a language other than English?
- Do you know American Sign Language for the Deaf?
- Have you worked with people with disabilities before?
- Have you worked around animals before?
- Do you have any bookkeeping or data entry experience?
Volunteering is a tremendously self-rewarding adventure. You can choose from a great many jobs and committees. All of these jobs or committees are designed to help support our special needs programs. Whatever your talents or interests, we can put them to good use!