Community Service Opportunities
Special Spirit is a non-profit organization, so your hour counts toward High School required community service.
Community service is often a requirement for high school graduation, not to mention critical to the college application process. Here at Special Spirit we offer a unique opportunity for the students to be in the outdoors working with special need clients and horses.
Special Spirit is a remarkable equine therapeutic center that serves a diverse population of children and adults. It is a place where a broken spirit or a broken body can heal with the help of our rescued therapy horses.
Through our Therapeutic Riding program we offer a unique solution for children challenged by autism, cerebral palsy, or other special needs or disabilities. Our Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) program provides a powerful healing venue for individuals struggling with addiction and recovery, as well as for at-risk youth with identified social and behavioral issues that are particularly difficult to successfully address through traditional “talk therapy”.
Volunteers need no previous experience with horses or special needs children to contribute their time to our program. Our PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) and EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) certified instructors and experienced volunteers will help you learn as you work. Some of the tasks given to volunteers include grooming and preparing horses before their lessons; leading and/or side-walking during lessons.
If you’d prefer, there is also plenty of work to be done around the barn that does not require handling horses. We can always use help organizing and putting on events, manning information booths at other organizations’ events, doing public relations, working on fund raising drives, and doing office administration.