Spring Reins of Life is a volunteer run organization in central New Jersey. We are a small nonprofit providing powerful life saving /life changing therapy for trauma survivors with the assistance of horses. The reason we are a volunteer run organization is so that the majority of fundraising dollars can be spent on services for veterans, at risk teens and bereaved children, not salaries.
Currently we hold one fundraising event (Spring, March/Comedy Night) annually and also an annual open house/demonstration (1st Sunday in June) of our services. We have goals of holding a second fundraiser event in the fall as an annual event.
Spring Reins of Life is seeking a retired or semi-retired person who has ample Event Fundraising experience and is local to central New Jersey to help us move this mision forward.
CURRENT ANNUAL EVENT/March:
The Swing into Spring event is annual in March (Saturday closest to the spring equinox) and has already begun to have a following. This coming year will be the 3rd annual event on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Flemington Elks Lodge (date and venue secured) which will seat 350 persons. Two comedians have agreed to offer their services to repeat from last year. Also food vendors who donated appetizers have offered with enough planning to proide food and dessert. Other options we had last year were gift baskets, silent auction, wheelbarrow of cheer and 50/50.
The June demo/open house is set for Sunday, June 4, 2017 and as the 4th annual event we are steering away from a fundraiser at this venue (the home facility / private farm where we provide services) to instead focus more on the "demonstration" of our work and WHY HORSES? This event will be family friendly and offering the only time all year where the public is invited onto the farm to meet the Herd and see a sampling of the work. It is designed to create local support, community outreach and allign stratetic partnerships / funding opportunities.
ADDITIONAL FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY:
That creates an opportuninty to have a fundraising event in the fall of a different nature. Bike ride (either bicycle or motorcycle), a 5k, a dinner / dance, etc.
We seek a helper who knows how to capitalize on event fundraising, where we haeve one night or a few hours to raise money! Anticipated time involved will be higher in Feb/March and some time in April/May (to invite the right potential funders to demo) as the current events stand. There are some systems in place (data bases from past events, vendors, donors, etc.) so would not be starting from scratch. However we see the need for the right person who has contacts, expertise and a proven system to be the missing link to our super success! We have enough passionate volunteers to assist this role in being successful but no one currenly able to lead the charge.
If you love horses, are passionate about helping combat veterans with PTSD, inner city youth (at risk and homeless teens), children 5-10 years old who suffer traumatic loss - and/or all of the above...consider being a part of the Spring Reins of Life team! We are passionately committed to helping those who do not want to, refuse to, or simply cannot "talk about it" to find present moment, rebuild trust (in others and themselves) and create personalized coping skills to where surviving moderate/severe trauma is doable. Life is liveable!
Here is a short video by Upworthy that aired on Veterans Day 2015 about our Operation Horse program, it will give you a small idea of what we do and why we do it! The right volunteer with event fundraising expertise will be directly helping those who suffer greatly with the internal injuries of severe trauma:
- Event Planning / Management
- Event Management
- CSR / Volunteer Coordination
- Community Outreach
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Must be at least 35
- During Event Dates 20+ hrs week/Other 5 hrs a week
- Retired or Semi-Retired Event / Fundraising Planning Professional