Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
Ride Above Disability is a therapeutic riding program that provides horseback riding lessons to children and adults with special needs. We strive to enhance the lives of every person that is involved in the program; riders, their families and our volunteers. Everyone is welcome at RAD; you are invited to help us empower those with special needs to accomplish goals they never thought possible.
I know I don't say it often, and maybe have never said it at all, but RAD works magic. Over the years I've volunteered, I've been fortunate to become a small part of this life-changing facility. I've seen students grow in talent and confidence and have witnessed how an emphasis on abilities, opposed to physical limits, redefines what's possible. Everyone here- students, instructors, and volunteers alike, are all committed to building each other up and bringing out the best in others.
I grumble weekly that getting up early on Saturday mornings isn't my idea of fun, but the weeks RAD's closed for holidays always leave me feeling like something's missing. What could be a better way to spend the weekend than being outdoors, with animals and awesome people, making a difference in someone's life? I'm beyond thankful and extraordinarily glad to have found a place as positive and welcoming as our little piece of paradise. Thank you, RAD, for all you do!