Can You Help?
Are you interested in making a difference in your community? Do you enjoy working with children and animals? Can you share even one hour per week of your time?
Volunteer Leaders and Sidewalkers assist in therapy lessons.
More than 100 volunteers are needed each week to share their time with a child or adult with special needs. Volunteer Leaders are responsible for leading the horse following direction from the lesson instructor. Sidewalkers provide physical support and encouragement to the rider.
Sunrise’s goal is to have volunteers work with the same rider and horse each week – this is the Sunrise Therapy Team!
- Be at least 15 years old
- Attend an Orientation
- Attend a Volunteer Training Clinic (for Lesson Volunteers only)
- Provide two references
- Submit a Police Record Check (only those 18 years of age and over)
Volunteer Orientations are provided each week by appointment during lesson times where visitors can see volunteers “in action” in the Sunrise riding arena. During an Orientation visit, volunteers tour the Sunrise facility, view a therapeutic riding lesson, and discuss their participation in the program.
Volunteer Training Clinics are a two-hour hands-on session in the Sunrise barn and arena to prepare volunteers to assist in therapy lessons. All Lesson Volunteers must attend one Volunteer Training Clinic.
Please contact Fiona Ryder, Volunteer Coordinator/Instructor, to make an Orientation appointment and for the dates of upcoming volunteer training opportunities:
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Other volunteer opportunities include gardening, painting, barn chores, property and building maintenance, housekeeping, mailings & other office functions, special events and fundraising. These activities can be done on an irregular basis.
Sunrise encourages both secondary school, college and university students to consider Sunrise for their Co-op or Practicum placements. Acceptance into the program is based on an interview and space availability. Sunrise welcomes the energy, fresh perspective and knowledge of best practices that students bring to our program!