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4420 Calle RealSanta Barbara, CA 93111
Change Lives - Volunteer at Hearts Therapeutic


Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center employs the power of the horse to enhance the capabilities of children and adults with special needs in Santa Barbara. Volunteers at Hearts do more than simply give their time. They change lives and help special individuals achieve real life goals. They make lifelong friends and join a larger community of fun-loving, energetic, individuals intent on making a difference. Join our team and help change lives. New Volunteer Orientation and Training Dates posted on our website. Please check back often for updates!

How to Get Started: The first step to becoming a volunteer is to fill out an online volunteer application at www.heartsriding.org/volunteer. Once we review and approve your application, we will email you a PIN for you to use to sign up to attend a 90 minute New Volunteer Orientation followed by a separate 3-hour Sidewalking Training (for lesson volunteers). At the Orientation you will learn about the many volunteer opportunities at Hearts. No prior horse experience required; we will teach you everything you need to know! Minimum age to volunteer is 14 years old. At the Sidewalking Training and you will get hands-on training to be a sidewalker in lessons working with the riders and horses. Please note, assisting in the arena is quite physical work - walking and jogging at quick speeds on uneven terrain, sometimes with one arm elevated, for at least 30 consecutive minutes. Please note: Volunteer shifts are an ongoing weekly 4-hour commitment for a specific shift. (2-hr afterschool shift available for high school students).

Find current information about our volunteer program and apply online today at www.heartsriding.org/volunteer.

For any additional questions, please email Dawn Nelson, Community Development Director, at volunteers@heartsriding.org or call 805-364-5205

Thank you for your interest in this amazing volunteer opportunity!


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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • 4 hours per week

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