243 Appaloosa Way Guyton, GA 31312
Looking for a place to volunteer? Give back to your community while spending time with our amazing riders, horses, and close community of volunteers.
Volunteers are vital to our program and we could not operate without our fabulous team! There are a wide range of opportunities to volunteer, whether you prefer being with the horses, the children, in the office or even helping us to bring in much needed funds. Volunteering can provide a great opportunity for you to learn new skills, meet new people and perhaps get a little bit of exercise, all while giving back to your community.
Up to nine volunteers are needed for each therapeutic/adaptive lesson.
Sidewalkers assist during therapeutic/adaptive lessons by helping the rider balance on the horse as well as in helping to keep the rider focused on the instructions being given by the instructor. Sidewalkers focus specifically on the riders and often bond with the riders they assist.
Horse Leaders assist during therapeutic/adaptive lessons by handling the horse and helping the rider to control the horse. This includes getting them groomed, tacked, and warmed up prior to the lesson. Volunteers will start out as a sidewalker, but can easily move up to a Horse Leader with time & experience.
Barn Chore Help is needed weekday mornings and afternoons in order to bring in/turn out horses, clean stalls, pick pastures, along with basic daily equine care (i.e. picking/cleaning feet & brushing).
**Lesson Assistance and Barn Chore Help must be 14 years of age and up.
There are many other ways to volunteer and use your talents! We would love to hear about your special skills in marketing/fundraising, joining the event committee, landscaping, photography, or videography. We also have a community outreach team which attends booths and various events.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities please fill out the interest form below!
For Anyone Age 12 and Up
Ages 12 and older may volunteer as Barn Helpers with a parent.
At age 14, volunteers can begin assisting with lessons after attending a Volunteer Training.
For Anyone Age 18 and Up
At orientation, we will ask you to complete a background check if you are 18 or older. You can also send us a copy to email@example.com if you have one through your employer. If you want to get a head start on the process, the link to complete a check is below and costs $10, just enter the package code: FF41bg.
I came across this quote by Rebecca Carroll which really appealed to me: "A pony is a childhood dream. A horse is an adult treasure." Being able to volunteer at Faith is definitely a treasure. A great group of people with a common bond who truly love what they do is a privilege to be part of. - Arlene Manuel
Volunteering at Faith has been an answer to a sincere prayer request I had made, asking God to direct me in how I could best serve in my retirement. A dear friend from Book Club directed me to FETC, where she volunteers as a Side Walker. - Trish Delahanty
The thing that I like best about volunteering at Faith is getting to know the kids and seeing them progress. Going to Special Olympics and seeing the riders show what they have learned is really a wonderful experience. - Alan Eckols
From the first day I started volunteering at FETC, I fell in love - from barn chores, horse leading, side walking to serving at events. Being around the horses and students is as therapeutic for me as it is for them. I love seeing the students thrive as a result of this program. - Pam Moore
Volunteering at an equestrian therapeutic center is mildly physical. You must be able to walk at least 30-40 minutes and jog for short distances. However, if you are unable to participate in the program for physical reasons, there are many other ways to get involved!
Horse experience is not required to be a Sidewalker. As long as you are willing to learn, we will teach you what you need to do.
To be a Horse Leader, horse experience is necessary. The skill set needed can be gained by assisting with barn chores as this teaches you proper horse handling skills while learning the personality of each horse.
Patience, dependability, a passion to help others, and a willingness to learn.
YWe have a SignUp Genius account which we use in order to send out monthly sign-ups for volunteers to sign up for dates/times that work for their availability