Volunteers are the soul of HART. We are dependent upon and very grateful to our volunteers who generously give of their time. We cannot function without volunteers helping every single day. Our volunteers are united by their passion for horses.
Are you looking to make new friends? Give back to your community? Missing that barn smell? If you love horses, want to learn more about horses or want to share your experience and knowledge, volunteering at HART may be what you have been looking for.
We offer numerous opportunities for dedicated people who want to make a difference in their community and in the lives of others, both equine and human:
Volunteers at the Farm
Volunteers support the HART mission by performing chores around the barn, helping to care for the horses and maintaining the facility.
Help is needed and appreciated at all skill levels. You may start off filling water troughs and cleaning stalls, but you can advance to feeding, leading, grooming, assisting instructors, and more! Our goal is to finish the chores in time to spend quality time with the horses, preparing them for their forever homes.
Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age, physically able to do light lifting and walk on uneven sand/dirt surfaces, able to be outdoors (usually in the sun and heat) for several hours, and willing to get dirty. Some of it is hard work, but it is cheaper than the gym and you will sleep better knowing you made a difference!
Children ages 10 to 12 are also welcome to volunteer provided a guardian volunteers with them.
Volunteers at Special Events
Not physically able to help at the barn but still want to help the horses? Don’t have time to commit to a regular volunteer schedule? HART participates in many local community events and fundraising activities. Whether we just have an information table, sell items and/or raffle tickets, bring the ponies for a meet and greet, or host a big event, we need your help.
Volunteers with Special Skills
Are you great with social media? Graphic design? Website management? Grant writing? Organization? Carpentry? Electrical or plumbing? Landscaping? We need help in all of those areas as well.
Group Volunteer Opportunities
We welcome the opportunity to work with local businesses to plan an employee volunteer day. Whether it is facilities and ground maintenance, painting, clearing pastures, cleaning tack, or organizing, your group can make a big difference in the quality of life for our horses and people in our community!
Please contact us for more information on how your organization can help: email@example.com
HOW CAN YOU BECOME A HART VOLUNTEER?
1. Complete the online application & the volunteer agreement & liability release by clicking the links below.
2. Attend a volunteer orientation held at the HART farm. Once approved, attend the mandatory training class, usually held on Saturdays. Please wear closed-toe shoes, sunscreen, and plenty of fluids to stay hydrated! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
UPCOMING VOLUNTEER TRAINING EVENTS
HART New Volunteer Orientation
August 20, 2022
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Volunteer Orientation is the first step to volunteering with HART. This class will give an overview of our organization, what volunteering with HART will entail, and a tour of HART. Questions? Contact us at email@example.com.
HART New Volunteer Training
August 20, 2022
10 a.m. – Noon
This training is for those who have attended the New Volunteer Orientation and are ready to volunteer. Please wear weather appropriate clothing (rain or shine), closed-toed shoes, and bring a bag lunch. We will be cleaning stalls, handling horses, and learning about horsemanship and safety while at HART. Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please join Team HART! Our wonderful rescue horses will thank you!!!
“Dealing with a chronic illness has encouraged me to start checking things off my bucket list. A big item on my list is to make horses a part of my life. Here at HART, I’m getting horses in my life and I’m getting a good education by compassionate, patient, non-judgemental, smart people.” Lori S.
Our family initially started volunteering at HART so my kids could give back to the community over the summer and gain new skills/responsibility. Little did I know that one decision would change the trajectory of our lives thereafter. Volunteering at HART has opened up my eyes to the real fate of some retired off-the-track-thoroughbreds. I’ve seen the volunteers and staff at HART spend hours, days, weeks and months working to rehabilitate these horses so they can be healthy enough to go on to a loving and nurturing forever home. The experience volunteering has provided is priceless, it’s not easy, but there is no value that one can place on the people you will meet and the horses you will help. Angela N.
I am originally from CT and had my own horse for nine years. Unfortunately due to a medical problem I had to sell him. I never thought I would be involved with horses again. We moved to Florida two years ago, and that’s when I found HART. I can’t tell you how excited I was to be working with horse’s again. HART has given me my dream back. The Rescues have no idea what it is to be loved, regular meals, and to see the end result’s of them doing jumping, dressage and pleasure horses is amazing. Cheryl C.
Though I am a newbie volunteer at Hart I am already invested in spending as much of my time there as I can. I worked with horses before I moved to Florida and I haven’t felt truly comfortable here until I started coming to Hart. Not only do I feel at home with the smells, sounds and familiar work but I have met some amazing and friendly people who have some of the biggest hearts. The horses quickly capture your heart and the atmosphere that surrounds Hart is so welcoming and caring that anyone who comes there can be sure to feel it too. Samantha G.
HART team is a wonderful group of all amazing people who take on horses that have had a hard time and give them a chance in this world. They give opportunities to learn about horses, and to be involved in a wonderful group of people and a relaxing environment for both people and horses. Team HART gives these horses a voice to stand up against horse mistreatment and gives them a second chance to be something great, as a companion, to a great champion. Regardless being apart of HART is a great opportunity and experience to be taken in by wonderful people who dedicate their time for a great cause! Love HART, thanks so much for all the love and effort put into this great rescue! Jess W.