ROSL utilizes 17,000 volunteer hours each year. Many unique volunteer opportunities are available through Ride On St. Louis. Individuals, groups, scout troops, businesses —If you or your group is looking to give back to the community please contact our office at 636-464-3408 or email email@example.com
If you love people and love animals, you qualify! We have a plethora of volunteer opportunities available for all ages, abilities and interests. To work “hands-on” with our clients with disabilities as a sidewalker or to work with or around our therapy horses you must be at least 14 years of age. Sidewalkers walk along side of the horse and are responsible for providing support and stabilization to our clients who need assistance, as well as ensuring the safety of the client. New program volunteers must attend a mandatory training. The next training day is (tentatively) Wednesday March 15 from 6pm-9pm. These trainings are typically scheduled 3-5 times per year. Sidewalker training is a prerequisite for horse handlers and leaders.
Our sessions run in the spring and fall for 10-14 consecutive weeks. We operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and we have late afternoon/evening classes on Wednesdays. Our summer session runs the month of July for 4 weeks, Monday through Thursday.
As a volunteer during a session, we ask that you commit to sidewalking for all 10-14 weeks of a session (4 weeks during summer), as consistency is important for our clients. If a sidewalker cannot make their scheduled time, we ask for as much notice as possible in order to find a sub for that client. If we have more sidewalkers than we need for a treatment or lesson, we would ask for your help in other areas around the facility, i.e. picking up manure, picking up sticks/gumballs in the pastures, etc.
In addition to our program volunteers we have many opportunities available in other areas of the organization. Volunteers can come individually or as a group (business, school, churches, boy/girl scout troops etc.) and perform age and skill appropriate tasks that may include grounds maintenance, cleaning stalls or tack, painting, repairs or office jobs like filling envelopes, typing or helping prepare for special events. Each year, we schedule 2-3 work days in order to keep our facility clean and maintained. Usually, 50-70 volunteers are needed for work days. Our next Work Day is TBD. We also have a variety of fundraisers throughout the year that require energized, creative volunteers or require help with various administrative tasks. Our upcoming event is Nag’s Head Trivia, Saturday, April 29, 2017. Photography, videography, special projects, program needs, cleaning and maintenance and sitting on the Board of Directors, ROSL has opportunities available in program, fundraising and administrative areas.
Thank you for your interest please call our office at 636.464.3408 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.