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“I was drawn to Giant Steps because I can
work alongside like-minded and spirited
individuals seeking to make a difference.”

-Giant Steps Volunteer

Volunteering at Giant Steps

Volunteers at Giant Steps do more than give their time and energy. They change lives and help special individuals achieve dreams never before dreamed possible. They make lifelong friends and join a larger community of fun-loving, energetic, individuals intent on making a difference. Volunteers assist riders during their weekly lessons, groom horses, help maintain the facility, assist with administrative tasks, and much, much more. If you’re interested in contributing your talents to a great cause, we welcome you to join us!

Please note, GPS may not get you to the right location, so use the link below for directions. Look for the Sonoma Horse Park sign on Lakeville Highway.

 

Next Volunteer Orientation Date: Sunday, November 6th for 2022. All are 12-2:30 pm. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Elise to sign up.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need to have horse experience to become a volunteer?

A: No! We do not require our volunteers to have previous horse experience. If you do, that is great, and if you don’t, we will teach you what you need to know!

Q: What does the commitment look like?

A: We ask our volunteers to commit to at least one consistent class per week. Consistency helps build connection for our clients and betters the overall experience of therapeutic riding and equine activities. If you are able to do more, that is great!

Q: If I can’t commit to weekly classes are there other opportunities for me to get involved?

A: While our greatest need is for weekly volunteers, we do also rely on substitute volunteers to fill in when a volunteer is absent, and we may have other opportunities for single-day volunteer projects. Reach out to Elise, our Volunteer Coordinator, to see what opportunities we have. Email [email protected] for more information.

Q: I don’t have the physical strength to lead or sidewalk- is there still an opportunity for me to help out?

A: Yes! We also need support in the barn for feeding, grooming, and tacking horses, as well as taking care of other barn chores like cleaning.

Q: Why do I need to come to orientation?

A: Orientation provides an opportunity for us to take new volunteers through how we do things at Giant Steps. This includes safety precautions, emergency procedures, and other training to help prepare everyone for classes. It is a great opportunity to meet our staff and other volunteers and allows us to come together to create the best possible environment for our clients.

Q: Is there an age requirement for volunteers?

A: Our minimum age to help in classes is 14 years old.

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