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Riders Edge Ability Centered Horsemanship (REACH)

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Volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups! We welcome all groups including work, church, school, scout, and families who are looking for volunteer projects!

For people wanting to volunteer on an ongoing basis our program needs you! Join us for New Volunteer Training soon!

2020 New Volunteer Training will be held on Sunday, January 19th (2:00pm - 5:00pm) or Tuesday, January 21st (6:00pm-9:00pm) or Thursday, January 23 (9:00am - 12:30pm). You only need to attend one training date.

All individuals must complete R.E.A.C.H. volunteer training to be considered for any volunteer position working directly with program participants or horses. Additional training may be required for specific volunteer positions.

Sidewalker: A person who walks beside the horse and offers stability and emotional support to the rider. This person must be attentive to the rider and the instructor.

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to attend lessons each week for the duration of a session
  • Able to walk, and jog periodically, for up to an hour (indoors and outdoors) on uneven surfaces
  • Able to hold your arm raised and out to the side for extended periods of time
  • Must have adequate vision and hearing to ensure the safety of horses and participants
  • Able to work as part of a team and be flexible to changes
  • Comfortable working with individuals with disabilities (including physical contact)
  • Minimum age of fourteen years
  • Horse experience helpful, but not required
  • Able to attend initial volunteer training and additional training as needed

Horse Leader: A person who is responsible for leading the horse and/or assisting the rider in controlling the horse during lessons.

Qualifications:

  • Horse experience - volunteer should be knowledgeable and comfortable around a variety of horses and have experience working directly with horses or have attended a Leader Training session at R.E.A.C.H..
  • Able to walk, and jog periodically, for up to an hour (indoors/outdoors) on uneven surfaces
  • Must have adequate vision and hearing to ensure safety of horses and participants
  • Able to work as a team and be flexible to changes
  • Minimum age of fourteen
  • Able to attend initial volunteer training and additional leader training as needed

Barn Volunteer: This person may groom, tack, warm up horses, clean equipment or do general barn maintenance (picking stalls, watering, sweeping, etc).

Qualifications:

  • Horse experience preferred, (this varies; but means that volunteer should be knowledgeable and comfortable around a variety of horses, and have experience working directly with horses)
  • Able to halter, lead, crosstie a horse
  • Able to groom and tack (English or Western) a horse without direct supervision
  • Able to work as part of a team and be flexible to changes
  • Minimum age of fourteen
  • Ability to attend initial volunteer training and additional training as needed

Floater: An extra person in a lesson who helps the instructor and fills in for volunteers as needed.

Administrative Assistant: Assist with data entry, filing, copying or other administrative duties as needed.

Fundraiser/Grant Writer: Assist with fundraising opportunities or grant writing.

More opportunities with Riders Edge Ability Centered Horsemanship (REACH)

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About Riders Edge Ability Centered Horsemanship (REACH)

Location:

15051 W. 191st St, Olathe, KS 66062, US

Mission Statement

The mission of REACH is to provide equine assisted activities and therapies through a program of inclusion for individuals of all abilities, including those with physical, cognitive and mental challenges, to help them reach their greatest potential.

Description

REACH, located at Wood's Edge Equestrian Center in south Johnson County, was founded in 2016 with the intent to provide children and adults, with or without disabilities, an opportunity to participate in equine assisted activities and therapies in a safe, welcoming environment. REACH is a member center of Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH Intl.) and utilizes PATH Intl. certified instructors and therapist certified by the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) to conduct a variety of equine assisted activities and therapies. Our goal is to help individuals reach their goals and feel a sense of belonging and self -worth. We serve a wide variety of individuals with special needs ranging from mild anxiety to significant physical challenges. Both mounted and unmounted activities are available to meet the needs of individuals. We are also part of the MTM Network of providers offering services to members of Missouri Care and Wellcare. We are continually expanding our program to meet the high demand for services and are in constant need of dependable volunteers to assist in many different ways. We are highly dependent on volunteers for our programs!

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

15051 W 191st StOlatheOlathe, KS 66062

(38.8666,-94.7707)
 

SKILLS

  • Special Needs
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Animal Therapy
  • Administrative Support
  • Equestrian

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours/week for 12 - 14 week session for lesson volunteers, but others can volunteer when available to help with other duties. Volunteer opportunities available during daytime and evening hours. One-time group volunteer projects are also available.
  • Looking for a way to fill your time in a meaningful way? REACH, located at Wood's Edge Equestrian Center in south Olathe, is looking for caring people to join our volunteer team! No horse experience necessary. Attend an upcoming training soon!

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