Volunteers

 

Please review our updated policy: 2022 COVID Protocol Document

Our team of dedicated volunteers, highly trained certified instructors and gentle horses allow us to provide therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving lessons to children and adults with special needs. We are privileged to work with a caring, patient and strong community of people. As a volunteer with River Valley Riders, you are a partner in our mission “to enrich the lives of children and adults with special needs by providing equine-assisted services."

 

New Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with River Valley Riders!  We look forward to meeting you!

The minimum age to volunteer is 14 years old.  No experience is necessary and all training is provided. 

Your first step is attending Volunteer Training.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT VOLUNTEER TRAINING

 

Returning Volunteers

First, thank you for your passion and dedication to helping our riders! You are very important to their success!  We look forward to seeing you again!  Please email us or call 651-439-2558 to be scheduled to volunteer.  Lessons have resumed at our Afton location and will start in May 2022 at our New Richmond location.

 

Volunteer Background Checks

River Valley Riders' policy requires that volunteers ages 18 years old and over have a background check every three years.  After you are scheduled to volunteer, you will receive an email with instructions and a link to complete the background check.  Click here for additional information or contact us with any questions.
 

Volunteer Resources

To help you better understand the important role you contribute, please review these documents:

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Volunteer Handbook

Mental Health and Children with Disabilities

List of Websites Related to Disabilities

Reading Horse's Ears

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders

River Valley Riders Seizure Protocol

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