Volunteers are a key part of what we do here at Finally Home Horse Rescue. Our dedicated volunteers spend time with the horses, helping develop trust with them, grooming them, mucking stalls and/or paddocks, filling waters, sweeping, and training them. Volunteers also help by working in the office, doing odd jobs around the property, building things, putting in and fixing fences, and much, much more. Volunteering with us can be hard work, but is super rewarding as well. Read through our volunteer information, and if it sounds like a good fit for you, submit a Volunteer Application to get things started. Contact us for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How old do I have to be to volunteer? Due to insurance requirements and liability concerns, our minimum age for volunteers is 16. You should be able to drive and have reliable transportation. Anyone under 18 must have a parent/guardian present while at the barn.
How frequently do I need to volunteer? We ask our volunteers to commit to a minimum of 1 volunteer shift per week… Some volunteer positions require you to be at the barn the same day every week (for example feeding or turning in/out horses must be done daily). Others can be scheduled with more flexibility as determined by the overall volunteer schedule. We have regular work parties to work as a group on projects to improve the facilities. We ask volunteers to attend a work party every 3 months.
I need volunteer hours for (school, work, court ordered community service). Can I complete them with FHHR? We ask for a minimum 3 month commitment. If you are able to volunteer at least once per week for 3 months, we will provide you with written verification of your service hours.
Can I just drop in randomly and help with whatever needs to be done? No. Drop in volunteering does not work well for our Volunteer Program. However, volunteers with at least one regularly scheduled shift have the ability to add themselves to additional shifts when openings are available. We do allow volunteers to bring friends/family to scheduled work parties.
My employer offers corporate volunteer days, can we volunteer at FHHR? Yes! We can tailor a special project for your group. Contact us for more info at email@example.com.
I have some physical limitations, can I still volunteer? Most of our volunteer position requires the ability to lift heavy weights, work on your feet for long period of times, and navigate over occasional rough terrain. Feeding and caring for the horses requires that you be able to lift 50# or more. You need to be able to push a loaded wheelbarrow, carry full water buckets etc. But we do have non-physical ways to volunteer, including office work and fundraising. You can see a list of the types of volunteer activities available. Submit a Volunteer Application and indicate the type of work that would be a good fit.
I’m a very good rider, can I volunteer to ride the FHHR horses? Generally speaking, FHHR does not offer volunteer riding opportunities. Most of our horses are very green, and many of them have physical or emotional scars from their neglect. FHHR has training staff to provide careful, consistent training to bring the horses along to an adoptable state. If you are a professional trainer and would like to volunteer your services, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a list of your experience/qualifications. Volunteers typically start with Barn Chores, but the Volunteer Program will have opportunities to increase your skills and responsibilities.
I just want to groom and love on the horses, do you need help with that? Yes, spending time with the horses, grooming them, is a great way to help them learn to trust people. Send in a Volunteer Application!
Are there other ways to volunteer besides farm or barm chores? Yes! We need a lot of behind the scenes help to keep the rescue running. We need volunteers to make phone calls for adoption reference checks, travel to potential adopters for site checks, work at our fundraisers and community events, provide administrative help with operations, etc. You can see a list of the types of volunteer activities available. Submit a Volunteer Application and indicate the type of work that would be a good fit. I’m really busy and I don’t have a lot of time to give. I really want to help…what can I do? Please consider donationsor participating in our fundraisers. Check out the calendar for scheduled fundraising events. If you are interested in more consistent support, please consider monthly donations to sponsor a horse for as little as $10 per month. A majority of our programs are financed by individual donors and this type of giving is just as critical to our success as the volunteers who scoop poop. We do allow volunteers to bring friends/family to scheduled work parties.
How do I get trained for my volunteer position or learn more about working with horses? When you start volunteering, you will be paired up with existing staff or volunteers who will work with you and teach you the details of your responsibilities. Your first interaction will be at a New Volunteer Orientation where you will be given an overview of how to volunteer at Finally Home. You will be supervised until you've been assessed to work independently. In addition, to learn more about horses you can participate in scheduled clinics for volunteers to learn more about horses. The subject of the clinics will vary depending on the needs and abilities of our volunteers.
How does the New Volunteer Orientation meeting work? As a new volunteer, you will need to attend an orientation meeting with other new volunteers and key staff members. When your application is accepted, you'll be asked to attend a scheduled orientation meeting. We'll go over the paperwork to be signed, the volunteer handbook (covers policy, process, tips for success, etc.), answer any questions you might have, and tour the barn to meet the horses. Orientation will also include an overview/introduction to the specific areas related to the positions of the new volunteers in attendance.
Does it cost anything to volunteer? There are no official fees for volunteering, but you will need to have your own transportation and appropriate clothing (e.g., closed-toe boots that can get muddy in the winter if you are working with horses). Some volunteers choose to participate in clinics or lessons which you would pay for. Some clinics are offered at a discount by training partners who collaborate with Finally Home. I have a question not answered here, now what? Our Volunteer Program Manager, Christine Kleinke, is happy to work with you to help determine where you best fit in. Please send an email to email@example.com to get started.