The programs at Ironstone Farm depend on volunteers to assist the Ironstone Team in providing therapeutic riding programs to individuals with a variety of challenges. Without the commitment of 100 or more volunteers every week, we would be unable to provide the services that we offer to our 200 clients weekly, year-round! When you volunteer at Ironstone Farm, you have the opportunity to make a profound difference in someone's life.
Ironstone Farm is interested in all who are willing to give their time in exchange for a rewarding and fun experience. Aside from being fun, volunteering provides the opportunity to receive rewarding personal experiences, fulfill community service requirements, learn new things, engage in beneficial exercise, and even develop lifelong friendships.
The minimum age to volunteer is 13 (sorry, no exceptions).
All new volunteers must first complete an Ironstone Farm Volunteer Packet. When completed, email the completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. The volunteer team will review the packet and call you if there are any questions.
At certain times of the year, we have a greater need for volunteers than others. Our goal is to have volunteers in a workshop as quickly as possible!
We ask our volunteers to commit to 1.5-3 hours weekly shift, preferably with the same clients each week. If you are unable to commit to weekly volunteering, or want to volunteer for additional time outside of your weekly shift, we encourage you to volunteer as a substitute. Substitute volunteers are contacted via email weekly and scheduled as needed based on their availability.
You do not need any previous experience working with horses or people with disabilities to volunteer at Ironstone Farm. All new volunteers attend a training workshop prior to their first time volunteering. Additional training workshops for other volunteer positions will be offered throughout the year.
Class volunteers (leaders and side walkers) should be able to walk for at least one hour without fatiguing, be able to jog for very short distances, walk with their arm (one at a time) above shoulder height, and be able to support a moderate amount of weight.
Yes, everyone regardless of experience must attend the training workshop. At the workshop you will participate in an orientation session followed by active participation in a hands-on horse session.
Every day! Ironstone Farm is open Monday through Saturday and our needs depend on the clients' schedules and our daily requirements. The earliest time we need a volunteer is 9:15 a.m. and the latest tends to be early evening. When completing the volunteer application and schedule, please be as specific as you can be about your availability.
We often need volunteers for special events and projects around the farm. We also host corporate volunteer opportunities and service group opportunities.
Volunteering at Ironstone Farm can lead to opportunities in the following areas: participating in our feeding program; working student program (for teens); and apprentice program (to become a licensed riding instructor in Massachusetts). To be considered for these programs you must attend a volunteer training workshop.
If working around horses is not for you, we have opportunities working in the Welcome Center meeting and greeting clients, as well as volunteering or attending special events.
CORPORATE VOLUNTEER GROUPS
Ironstone Farm welcomes corporate volunteer group outings. Tasks for these volunteer opportunities can include painting, fixing fences, raking and grounds maintenance, cleaning, building shelters for our animals, and helping with the renovation of our Farmhouse Retreat Center.
450 Lowell Street, Andover, Massachusetts 01810, United States