Since 1997 Circle of Hope has provided equine assisted activities and therapies to more than 200 persons with disabilities annually, enhancing their quality of life.
Volunteers perform many tasks that are vital to successful program operation. A typical day may include: grooming horses, preparation of horses and arena for sessions, assisting staff, providing feedback after sessions, assisting participants during their therapy sessions (under the guidance of the instructor), leading the horse during the session, safeguarding the participant during a session, and caring for equipment. Additional opportunities include grant writing, fundraising, marketing, special events, and promotions. A two-day Orientation and Training is required and is provided to all volunteers working with participants and horses at no charge. The training sessions focus on the importance of safety, understanding, and fun! Volunteers are crucial to the success of the program! Each therapy session requires 3 volunteers, 1 volunteer as a horse leader and 2 volunteers work as side aides to assist and attend to the safety of the participant. Sessions are taught Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00AM through 7:00PM at Pleasant View Farm in Barnesville (off Route 109), just 15 minutes from Germantown. Volunteers usually sign up to work at least 2 consecutive time slots on a weekly basis in order to better know the participant and for ease of scheduling. It's important volunteers arrive on time ready to prepare for the session. It's possible that a participant may have to forfeit their session if there are not enough volunteers present. As you can see, volunteers are very important to the success of our program!