Most of our volunteers are not coming for what they could get, they are coming to give. It is within the selfless and beautiful relationships between brokenness and horses that we witness miracles.
Volunteering is the foundational part of our program, and most riding sessions begin with a chore. This is usually 10-20 minutes where a volunteer and participant work together mucking paddocks, pulling weeds, or working on various projects. Involvement in these simple tasks builds value into the heart of everyone.
We strive to teach that we can all do something to improve the life of someone else. This fulfills an elementary need in one's heart-to be needed! Often times having this feeling of value is an integral part of healing and spiritual growth.
Volunteering and Hillside HOPE Thru Hooves Property
The beauty of Hillside HOPE Thru Hooves is a ministry all its own. Many visitors ask for nothing more than the chance to sit for a while and bask in the peaceful environment. Creating and maintaining this environment can be quite a challenge. However, with your help, our volunteer force (local, long-term and group volunteers) is invaluable in keeping things going.
Hillside HOPE has been built by the hands of those who freely give their time. From the lean too shelters built by volunteers, to grounds renovation by local neighbors, most everything here has been blessed by the touch of a volunteer. Volunteers have been building, cleaning, fixing, and improving Hillside HOPE, all without expecting anything in return.
If you live in the area and are interested in giving your time, we invite you to complete and return our Volunteer Application.
Our Local Volunteers must be age 18 or older. If a youth age 17 or under is interested in volunteering, he or she must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian or approved as a Youth Volunteer. We love having families volunteer together, and much of our daily chore list is completed by groups of individual adults, parents and kids working side by side. Please keep in mind that we do not offer childcare for volunteers. It is the volunteers responsibility to watch his or her children at all times while at Hillside HOPE.
We rely on this team of volunteers to help our staff with the daily task list, as well as miscellaneous jobs that arise. If you have a specific skill or gift that you would like to offer be sure to indicate that on your application.
Volunteer Application Process
*Complete and submit the Volunteer application (links above)
*Pass the background check (no cost to you)
*Volunteer Coordinator will contact you for an informal interview and to coordinate your schedule
We recommend you sign up for one of our weekly tours if you are unfamiliar with the program before you volunteer.
Families, please be prepared to come together and work together while you are here.