Volunteer coordinator for a Therapeutic Horseback riding program
As our Volunteer coordinator you will help to ensure that the interests of volunteers are served and that the volunteer organization remains well staffed. You will coordinate and schedule volunteers on an ongoing basis or organize single events, and keep existing volunteers informed via newsletters or other communications. Another aspect of your position will be to work to actively recruit volunteers for our organization.
The volunteer coordinator must also be outgoing and communicate effectively with a variety of people. Because you will work for mission-driven nonprofit organization, volunteer coordinators must also adhere to the values of our organization and convey its purpose to others.
You may be asked to coordinate the schedules of the volunteers along with the scheduling the riding sessions for our clients. We need a minimum of two volunteers per ride (horse handler/ side walker), but most often three volunteers per ride. Informative e-mails and newsletters are often sent to volunteers to keep them abreast of happenings within our organization and informed of additional opportunities to participate.
The Volunteer coordinator must make an effort to ensure that individual volunteers feel comfortable with their placements and fully understand their responsibilities. You will schedule the initial meeting and observation of a riding session or the execution of barn chores (stalls, feeding, grooming etc.) once the volunteer paperwork has been files, they will be placed on a schedule.
Our riding sessions are early mornings and early evenings (late afternoons). You will need to be present at the ranch for approximately 5 hours per week. You will work closely with the Therapeutic Riding Staff Director and the Executive Director.
Manage the volunteer match.com site
Contact new families and old to organize and schedules sessions
Keep volunteers and family informed of schedules and changes
Schedule the riding sessions with Riding Coordinator
'Horses with Wings’ goal is to improve the lives of riders and equine enthusiasts of all ages using a range of therapeutic equine facilitated activities and exercises. There are so many documented benefits to this therapy with significant improvement in both physical and psychological areas as well as responses to social environments. Balance, muscle strength, communication and a higher self esteem, self image and improved interpersonal skills are all things that can be gained by choosing to participate in this exciting type of therapy. It takes the individual outside of the typical office setting and makes working towards therapy goals seem less like work and more like fun.
'Horses with Wings’ is a local therapeutic riding program located in Tucson, Arizona. It was founded, and is directed, by Michelle Mastrangelo M. Ed., BCBA L-BA. Michelle is also the Lead Trainer.
Currently, we have eight amazing equine partners working with our 'Horses with Wings’ family. Cowboy, Sedona, Dynamite, Reba, Dana, Baxter, Fritz and Iceman. These wonderful miracle-working creatures, paired with our devoted and caring staff, makes for a great learning and growing environment for individuals and families.
Therapeutic Riding is a growing and widely-accepted treatment for rehabilitating a range of physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. Conditions served include: cerebral palsy, spina bifida, neuromuscular disorders, post-traumatic brain injury, autism, ADHD, and cognitive disorders. Riders experience increased self-confidence and improvement in strength, balance, coordination, attention span, language and social skills.
Ms. Mastrangelo is a member of the Professional Association the Therapeutic Horsemenship International (PATH) and working toward her Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification. She and her staff work with very creative ways to increase communication skills, social skills along with motor development and balance of all riding participants. Each participant has specific goals and objectives developed for them that are designed to decrease their area of need and increase their strengths. Some clients are more interested in working on the ground and not riding while some clients enjoy the ground work and the riding.
People with Disabilities
We'll work with your schedule.
3800 S. Harrison RdTucson, AZ85730
October 29, 2020
Animal Care / Handling
Driver's License Needed
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
7-13 hours per week
computer or phone communication, responsible, dependable