Spring Reins of Life 501c3 is seeking volunteers on the weekends to help out on the farm. Volunteer hours are on both Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-2pm. The main core of farm volunteer work is to help SRoL clean up after a week of session work and prepare for the upcoming week. Also in the Spring and Fall we have a lot of farm projects that need support to get us through the Summer and Winter months. We ask that all Farm Volunteers commit to doing one (1) shift per month and helping us with one of our annual events. We allow volunteers to take more than 1 shift per month once we both have determined a good fit. Scheduling is done via Doodle.com and you can email us for the current season scheduling link.
Ongoing regular duties include:
- Barn Cleaning: waiting room, group room, bathrooms (2), sweeping, dusting/ cob-webbing, etc.
- Healthy amount of manure management (picking manure from paddocks, dry-lots, arenas, etc)
- Cleaning and refreshing session (programming) equipment
- Landscaping, weeding, watering plants
- Scrubbing water buckets, water troughs,
- Various other duties as they arise within needs of the Herd, the Barn, the Farm and our Clients
The farm is located in Central NJ in Three Bridges just off of SR202 between Flemington and Raritan. We do welcome those with horse experience. However, if you have never been around a horse before that is OK, we will teach / train. AND we are always grateful for skilled volunteers in many areas of expertise.
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. We utilize Doodle to schedule volunteer shifts in 3 month increments.
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).
We rent space at a private facility in Hunterdon 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 property without supervision and without 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 in the waiting room (just inside the 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.
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 2018 - We have our 4th annual SIS Fundraising Event "Comedy Night" on Saturday, March 24, 2018 (at The Flemington Elks) and our 5th annual Open House as the farm on Sunday, June 3rd. 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.