Giant Steps is fortunate to have a large and diverse pool of individuals who work to ensure the organization is able to meet its mission. Giant Steps has grown to 4 full-time staff, 2 part-time staff, 9 PATH-certified instructors, more than 200 specially-trained community volunteers, and a robust Board of Directors. The passion, hard work, and love these individuals give to the program are the reason for Giant Steps’ success.
We rely on the critical support of our volunteers. Our effective and affordable programs would not be possible without the generosity of our volunteers. In 2012, our volunteers donated more than 9,700 hours of service worth nearly $200,000 to our organization. We encourage volunteers to work regularly with the same students, providing continuity and support for the rider and an opportunity for the volunteer to share in the rider’s accomplishments. Volunteers also help with events, fund development, administration and other activities. They come to us from all over the Bay Area, and range in age from 14 to 75. A number of our volunteers have been with us for more than a decade. To learn how to join as a volunteer, visit our page.
All of our instructors have been trained and certified through PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International), which has also accredited Giant Steps with their highest designation of a “Premier Accredited Center”. Our instructors and volunteers facilitate physical and emotional wellness in a safe, structured, but fun-filled environment. PATH International Accreditation (Formerly NARHA). Giant Steps is a Premier Accredited Center of PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International). PATH International provides safety standards and guidelines to its members. For more information, please visit their website: www.pathintl.org
The basic charge of the Giant Steps Board of Directors is to protect the public purpose of the organization. As a group, they work to ensure that the organization effectively implements its mission, has adequate resources and proper financial oversight, and maintains legal and ethical integrity. The Giant Steps Directors also actively partner with staff to determine strategies to implement the organization’s mission, to monitor and strengthen the organization's programs and services, to secure funding, and to raise the organization's public standing. Board members serve a three-year term, and may serve two consecutive terms.