Volunteers are crucial to the success of the Circle of Hope program and its participants. Plus it's a great way to meet new people and get involved with the community! 

Students working with us can also earn Student Service Learning Hours while exploring possible career paths.

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Horse Leader / Side Aide

Volunteering during therapy riding sessions gives you the opportunity to work directly with our participants, and contribute to their individual success. Each therapy session requires 3 volunteers, 1 volunteer will lead the horse and 2 side aides to assist and attend to the safety of the participant


Volunteers may also be asked to assist with:

Sessions take place on Saturdays and Sundays year round . Volunteers usually sign up to work at least 2 consecutive time slots and we try to keep our volunteers consistent week to week when possible. This helps volunteers and participants form a connection and establish trust. 

Arrive: 30 minutes before the scheduled session time 

Session: runs for 30 minutes

Clean up: usually lasts 15-30 minutes (putting equipment away, sweep, etc)

Additional Opportunities

If volunteering during therapy sessions isn't right for you, we have other options that may be a good fit. There are even some that can be done virtually!

Board Membership

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a member of the board please reach out to Lesley (lesley.shear@chtr.org)  Board Members typically have one or more of the following qualifications: