New, Regular or Returning SRA Volunteer? See bottom of this page for open volunteer opportunities.
Volunteers are the backbone of Sebastian’s program. Equine assisted learning and therapy is extremely labor intensive and SRA depends largely on community and family volunteers to conduct safe and enjoyable lessons. Like our students, our helpers come in all shapes and sizes, with diverse backgrounds and experience. Under the supervision of SRA instructors, assistant instructors and volunteer captains, volunteers assist in lessons, care for program horses, and help with special events. Our volunteers help students groom and tack, lead a horse through a lesson, or walk alongside a horse and rider.
Though many volunteers have previous experience with horses or working with people with disabilities, no experience is required. What we value most in our volunteers is dependability, the desire to learn and pitch in as part of a team. Sebastian volunteers must be a mature 13 years old and able to work with minimal supervision. Adult volunteers (18yrs old+) require Clearances. (see below). We ask that our volunteers select a day and time each week or every other week when they can come regularly and give us a couple of hours. Our regular volunteers get to know our students, our horses and staff, and become valuable members of our team.
Register to Volunteer!
If you are interested, please print out & complete our 2016 Volunteer Registration Form, adults (18+) must include a copy of background Clearances(see more detail below). Then schedule an Orientation to come out for a tour! Meanwhile, you can review our Handbook to help you get started.
Volunteer Orientations: Schedule date/time by emailing Cyndi, sebastianvol@Verizon.net. (30-45min)
Wednesdays: 6:00 pm
or Sundays: 12:30 pm
Dress appropriately for the weather and hiking trails alongside horses and students. Bring your clearances and a completed Volunteer Registration form.
Volunteer Training: Person-power permitting, staff, seasoned volunteers & Captains provide on-the-job training during the sessions. Group training sessions are scheduled every 6-8 weeks and require that interested volunteers RSVP to attend.
Who needs clearances? Beginning July 1, 2015, prospective adult volunteers must submit clearances prior to the commencement of service. Application must be filled out (online or by mail) by the person filing for clearance. For purposes of clearances, a child is an individual under 18 years of age. All prospective adult volunteers must submit on the following clearances:
Criminal History Clearance from the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp
Child Abuse History Clearance from the Department of Human Services (Child Abuse). https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home
Helpful Tips: Clearances for Volunteers are FREE of charge and valid for 5yrs • When completing the clearance applications, the process may indicate a social security number is optional. If you choose not to provide a social security number, please be aware it will take longer for your results to be completed. • For the PA Child Abuse Clearance, you will be asked for a Keystone ID#. The Keystone ID is a number you must create. It must be 6-10 characters in length and must include one (1) capital and one (1) number.
If you need to obtain clearances, email Cyndi for very helpful details. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
It is quick & simple and the least we can do to protect the children.
Sub a Volunteer? or support makeup lessons? This is great for those that would love to help but only have a random day here & there. You can be a BIG help subbing for a volunteer when they are on vacation or have a game or a big date! Or help an Instructor with a make-up lesson. It’s a great way to float and meet all the teams. If interested contact: email@example.com
Support needed: If you can commit 2 or 4 days a month, we have the opportunities…Weekly or Every Other Week.
Flexible hours. Times can vary depending on students rescheduling.
Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm: Help with lessons
Saturday, 11am- 3pm: (Every other week) Help with Lessons
Sunday, 10am – 2pm: Help with lessons
Monday, 3pm – 8pm: Help with Lessons
Wednesday. 4pm-8pm: Help with Lessons
Tuesday, 5pm – 7pm: (Every other week) Help with Lessons
Thursday, 11am – 1pm: Help with Lessons
Thursday, 3pm – 8pm: Help with Lessons
Friday, 10am – 6pm: Help with Lessons
AND Summer Day Camps begin (9am-1pm, Monday thru Friday)
Camp 1: July 10-14
Camp 2: July 24-28
Camp 3: August 14-18