Spring Reins of Life 501c3 is seeking volunteers on the weekends to help out on the farm. We have barn chores that need to be done and some requires caring for the horses. These duties include: cleaning stalls, water buckets, water troughs, picking / cleaning paddocks, landscaping, cleaning barn (lounge, bathrooom, sweeping, cobwebbing, organizing), etc. We aim to end each volunteer session with some time interacting with the horses. The farm is located in Central NJ and welcomes those with horse experience. If you have never been around a horse before that is OK, we will teach / train.
Seeking individuals that can commit to a minimum of 1 (one) shift per month on either SAT or SUN from 11am-2pm.*IF you would like to take on more than one shift per month that is permitted but we ask that you commit to that.
Most of the farm volunteer duties will involve work outdoors. However we have a number of indoor tasks to keep up with so we ask that you do show up to committed shifts even if weather is inclement. If weather is extreme or dangerous travel, shifts that day will be cancelled. Majority of the work involves maintaining horses environment (barn, stall cleaning, pasture maintenance).
Horse chores can include: mucking stalls (cleaning) picking paddocks (removing manure/rocks), clean/fill water troughs, weeding in the arenas, etc. Indoor chores include cleaning barn common areas such as front porch, viewing lounge, bathroom, office areas, etc.
We rent space at a private facility in Somerset County and have a list of rules and policies to follow while on the property. Our insurance prevents us from having walk-in visitors, so no one is allowed on the farm premisis without supervision and being scheduled in advance. If you arrive to the farm and cannot find CC or a staff member please be patient and wait in your car or at the main barn. DO NOT wander the property looking around, and DO NOT approach the main residence unless invited. We are very grateful for a supportive home for our nonprofit work, but are vigilant about maintaining the respect and privacy of the farm owners. Please be courteous and respectful of the land and others at the farm (boarders, horse owners, etc).
In ADDITION to the monthly scheduled shifts, we require our farm volunteers to choose ONE of our annual events to help us successfully run them. Looking ahead to 2017 - We have Comedy Night on Saturday, March 18, 2017 (at The Flemington Elks) and our 4th annual Open House as the farm on Sunday, June 4th. Because our organization is entirely run by volunteers this allows the majority of all funding to be spent on services not salaries!
If the farm volunteering is not of interest to you but still want to help? Contact us b/c we have committees to work on outreach, awareness, administrative tasks, fundraising and also donations, social media, website, administrative and graphics needs, etc.
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In our world - Horses are the key to managing, coping and excelling beyond trauma. Veterans, At Risk/High Risk Youth and Bereaved Young Children. The majority of our clients either do not want to or simply cannot "talk about it". Most have never been around a horse before, yet they tell us its the one thing that can bring them peace, present moment and rebuild trust...
*SRoL is the first and currently the only EAGALA program in New Jersey to have earned and been awarded the "Military Services Provider Certificate" (since 2013).
*SRoL is under contract to the NJJJC working with incarcerated youth (males) at NJTS (New Jersey Training School/State Home for Boys) in Jamesburg NJ.
*SRoL is the home belonging to STRAW The Miracle Mare (Chicken Soup for the Soul book 2014), rescued in 2011 and funded by Viggo Mortensen, Jewel and Betty White, WINNER of the 2013 NJVMA Service Animal Hall of Fame awards for her valiant work as an EAP horse in the arena with veterans and youth. (Straw made her journey 4/29/14, and while her presence is missed her presents are with us everyday).
"Sometimes life's most complex and difficult questions...just may be resolved with the help and guidance of...A HORSE!"
*Note: There is some limited availability for a couple of adults who are local to the farm and have significant horse experience to volunteer during the weekdays (AM or PM), if you fit this description and cannot make weekends work, please reach out to us and indicate that.
- Resource Development / Management
- Animal Therapy
- Animal Care / Handling
Good Match For
Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 13
- One 3 hour shift per month required (minimum).
- Commit to working at one (1) annual fundraiser or awareness event per year.