Our volunteers are the backbone of Elliot Acres. We would not be able to serve the individuals we do without their support. Whether you enjoy being around horses, helping those with disabilities or doing handy work we have a job for you! Please contact Jess Coleman, our Volunteer Coordinator for more information. - 724-318-5377 - or - firstname.lastname@example.org
HORSE LEADERS are responsible for controlling the horse at all times. Experience in horse handling is required. The horse in addition to the rider is your responsibility. You reinforce the rider's signals to the horse and maintain proper distance from other horses in the class while walking, changing directions, and passing. You do not directly support the rider; that is the side walkers job. This role takes extensive horse experience, ability to foresee safety concerns and hazards.
SIDE WALKERS are responsible for the safety of the riders. During the class itself, your job is to provide support for the rider, specifically to maintain proper balance. Your instructor will give you directions on what type of hold to use for each rider. .
Grooming and cleaning stalls are just two parts of the actual barn work, but are very necessary. We always have a need for volunteers to:
- Groom horses
- Clean stalls
- Fix fences
- Clean and organize equipment
- Pull weeds and minor landscaping
- Other odd jobs and projects
We also have a running list of day projects that volunteer groups (scouts, churches, schools, families etc.) can assist with. If you have a group who would like to complete a day project, please give our Volunteer Coordinator a call. We would be happy to provide a badge or Community Service Recognition Awards for your group as well.
We always have a variety of needs away from the barn as well.
- Board members
- Contacting participants
- Organizing special events
- Updating blogs newsletters & website
If you would be more comfortable helping with the administrative side or special events, please let us know.