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Volunteer

Update: (July 8, 2020) Due to current state of Covid restrictions, Sebastian Riding is on hold regarding new volunteers joining the team. Please keep in contact so we can add your information to our call-back list as soon as restrictions lift.  So looking forward to that day! Meanwhile, please leave your information with Kendra@sebastianriding.org.

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Be a part of our SRA Weekly Teams!

 Newbie Volunteer? or Returning Volunteer?

If you can commit 2 or 4 days a month, for a few hours,

we have the opportunities

All seasons. Weekly or Every Other Week….and/or Summer Camps!

See the 4 easy steps outlined below to get you started!

Flexible hours

Monday: 9am – 7:30pm

Tuesday: 3pm – 7:30pm

Wednesday: 3pm – 7:30pm

Thursday: 10am – 7:30pm

Friday: 9am – 6pm

Saturday: 9am – 6pm

Sunday: 9am – 6pm

2020 Summer Riding Day Camps! 
(9am-2pm, Mon thru Fri)
Camp One: July 6-10
Camp Two: July 20-24
Camp Three: August 3-7
Camp during the day, then regular lessons begin @3pm.

2015 Vol appreciation group pic

How do you get started?

Step 1: Print & complete Registration

       Step 1A: (if you are 18yrs old +) Provide a copy of your background Clearances 

Step 2: Schedule an Orientation (see dates below)

Step 3: Review Online Handbook

Step 4: START!

(See details of each step, below….) 

Friends enjoying Volunteer Appreciation Day in October

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 build skills to help students groom and tack, lead a horse through a lesson, or walk alongside a horse and rider.

shannon_susanlaurapiaweb_052104Though 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.

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Register to Volunteer in 4 easy steps!

 Step 1: If you are interested, please print out & complete our 2020 Volunteer Registration Form.

See below for open volunteer opportunities. 

     Step 1A: Provide a copy of background Clearances for SRA records. 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 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 may 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. Having a Keystone ID# helps keep track of your personal clearances & reprint.

If you need to obtain clearances,but have questions….contact Cyndi@sebastianriding.org

It takes about (10min) to complete both online.

It is quick & simple and the least we can do to protect the children.

 Step 2:  Schedule an Orientation to come out for a tour! Family welcome. See 2020 Schedule below...email your selected date/time to reserve your space. Email to: Cyndi@sebastianriding.org

Bring your clearances and a completed Volunteer Registration form.

Dress appropriately for the weather and horse farm activity.

 Step 3: Meanwhile, you can review our online Handbook to help you get started.  Everyday, we all help with a combination of Barn Chores, Horse Care and Sidewalking for Lessons. There are many tips in the handbook on volunteer positions here at SRA. You will also be working with our veteran volunteers to guide you and share good times with!

 Step 4: Pick a start date! We will create a name badge for you and give you a login sheet to help keep track of the time you spend volunteering with SRA. Sign in & Sign out. 

 When you start: Dress appropriately for the weather and hiking trails alongside horses and students.  And pack a snack bag & water bottle to keep in volunteer lounge. It takes a lot of energy to keep up with a day@SRA!

(tip: add dry socks into your bag in case you walk in the creek!)

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   2020 Volunteer Orientation   (30-45 min): 

Only (1) Orientation is required.

Attend either the 1st Sunday@3:45pm or 3rd Friday@6pm of the month.

January 5 @3:45pm, January 17 @6pm

February 2 @3:45pm, February 21 @6pm

March 1 @3:45pm, March 20 @6pm

April 5 @3:45pm, April 17 @6pm

May 3 @3:45pm, May 15 @6pm

June 7 @3:45pm, June 19 @6pm

July 5 @3:45pm, July 17 @6pm 

August 2 @3:45pm, August 21 @6pm

September 6 @3:45pm, September 18 @6pm

October 4 @3:45pm, October 16 @6pm

November 1 @3:45pm, November 20 @6pm 

December 5 @3:45pm, December 18 @6pm

Only (1) Orientation is required.

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Training Sessions are held every 2wks. All Current Volunteers welcomed to all.

(Pre-requisite: must have attended an Orientation)

   2020 Volunteer Training   

RSVP required. Email: cyndi@sebastianriding.org

No experience necessary. Person-power permitting, staff, seasoned volunteers & Captains provide on-the-job training during the sessions. Sign up for Group training sessions scheduled for :

2nd Friday of the month:@6pm-7:30

and 4th Sunday of the month:@3:45-5:15pm

January 10 @6pm, January 26 @3:45pm

February 14 @6pm, February 23 @3:45pm

March 13 @6pm, March 22 @3:45pm

April 10 @6pm, April 26 @3:45pm

May 8 @6pm, May 24 @3:45pm

June 12 @6pm, June 28 @3:45pm

July 10 @6pm, July 26 @3:45pm

August 13 @6pm, August 23 @3:45pm

September 11 @6pm, September 27 @3:45pm

October 9 @6pm, October 25 @3:45pm

November 13 @6pm, November 22 @3:45pm

December 11 @6pm, December 27 @3:45pm 

Volunteer Coordinator grabbing a bite at the end of Volunteer Rodeo!Instructor/Volunteer Coordinator, Cyndi, grabbing a bite at the end of Volunteer Rodeo 2015!  ~PC:Nicole Reggio  

OPPORTUNITIES to VOLUNTEER!

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If you can commit 2 or 4 days a month, for a few hours, we have the opportunities

All seasons. Weekly or Every Other Week.

Flexible hours.

Email: cyndi@sebastianriding.org

or Text: 610-476-2373  Cyndi

ALL YEAR!

Monday: 9am – 7:30pm

Tuesday: 3pm – 7:30pm

Wednesday: 3pm – 7:30pm

Thursday: 11am – 7:30pm

Friday: 9am – 6pm

Saturday: 9am – 6pm

Sunday: 9am – 6pm

You can help weekly and/or at our

2020 Summer Riding Day Camps! 
(9am-2pm, Mon thru Fri)
Camp One: July 6-10
Camp Two: July 20-24
Camp Three: August 3-7
Camp during the day, then regular lessons begin @3pm.

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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: cyndi@sebastianriding.org

Can’t come out to the farm?

You can still help! It takes a whole village to produce great Special Events,Fundraisers,Grants, Art projects, Clinics and more…..!