Volunteers are critical to the success of CHAPS Equine Assisted Therapy and a priceless part of the therapeutic team for therapeutic riding, learning, driving and more. Several times throughout the year, CHAPS offers training to acquaint prospective volunteers with the various duties and needs we have for the program.
Horse leaders and side walkers provide support for riders who are not yet independent riders. By leading a horse or side-walking (similar to a spotter in gymnastics), you are making a difference for a person with special needs who would not be able to participate without your help!
Help keep our facility and stable clean and welcoming for our participants and equine staff. Feeding, turn out, cleaning stalls and more are important jobs that keep our riding center clean, safe and professional.
Facility volunteers join us for facility clean-up such as cleaning up debris in the pastures, burning slash piles, painting, fixing fence, spraying weeds, mowing grass and running the weed whacker.
Not a horse person? You can still contribute in a variety of ways with the governance of the organization on a number of committees that sustain CHAPS and help the staff provide superior service. CHAPS is currently seeking additional board members.
Reporters and graphic design people who can work under a deadline and produce a monthly e-newsletter for our community to share our success stories and provide education about our services.
A vital position that assists Instructors and the Director in scheduling and training volunteers for all of our needs.
Congratulations to our Presidential Volunteer Service Award winners! These individuals have put in the required number of hours to receive a medal and certificate from the President of the United States.
We are a Premier Accredited Center with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH), a global authority and advocate for equine-assisted activities and therapies that inspire and enrich the human spirit.