The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Rescue the horse; Mentor the child; Heal the hearts of both.
We are a faith based organization for rescuing unwanted, abandonded, or slaughter bound horses, we bring them into our fold for medical treatment and begin to show them the unconditional love humans have to offer them. Along the same vein we bring in children ages 7-17 who need a little extra love in their lives. These children may come from abusive homes, are grieving the loss of family members, they may have a physical handicap or are at risk in some other way. When paired together these two groups form one powerful team that is able to heal each other's hearts.
We are not a horse riding facility, but we do ride horses. We first become friends with the animals and with the children educating them about the horses and how they tick. Riding the horse is the result of a trusting relationship that forms between horse and child. The mentor facilitates ways during a 60 minute session to help form forever bonds between horse and rider.
Besides working directly with horses or children there is a diverse array of activities for volunteers to get involved at the farm.