Volunteering for a horse rescue can be both physically and emotionally difficult but the benefits far outweigh the challenges. Helping a horse go from near starvation to a happy, healthy home can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. And, the best part is you only need two things help, a big heart and a willingness to help.
Volunteering at SOFE is a wonderful family experience. Make it a family event!! All volunteers under the age of 18 must have a waiver formed signed by a parent or legal guardian.
Young volunteers between the ages of 13 through 15 may volunteer without the supervision of their parent or guardian. Depending on the minor, a parent or guardian may be required to be present with the minor. All volunteers that are 16 and older may represent themselves when volunteering.
Any minor below the age of 13 will require the minor’s parent or guardian to accompany them.
(We reserve the right to allow minors younger than 13 to volunteer without a parent if the minor is responsible and mature and parents are dependable to pick them up on time. However, we are not a child care service. Too often a child has been left in our care while waiting for a parent to return to get them.)
• Barn Volunteer (Daily Horse Care): No skill is required. Volunteers are given responsibilities according to their level of experience and offered opportunities to grow. Assist with daily stall maintenance Cleaning water buckets and troughs Raking, Cleaning up around barn, arenas and fields Leading (walking) Grooming, bathing, and managing our horses. Potential exercise riding opportunities after a riding evaluation and commitment affirmation.
• Farm Operations: For volunteers who have skills in handy/maintenance work, we are always in need of fence, equipment and other repairs, building/construction, painting, etc.
• Non-Horse Volunteer Opportunities: If you have experience in public relations (community outreach), grant writing, marketing or fundraising, we need your skills. Additionally we need help spreading the word.