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Volunteer

Be a part of our SRA Weekly Teams!

 New, Regular or Returning SRA 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 bottom of this page for open volunteer opportunities. 

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

Step 3: Review Handbook

Step 4: START! 

(see details of each step, below….)  

 

Friends enjoying Volunteer Appreciation Day in October

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 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. 

 

Volunteer Coordinator grabbing a bite at the end of Volunteer Rodeo!

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

Register to Volunteer!

Step 1: If you are interested, please print out & complete our 2017 Volunteer Registration Form.

See bottom of this page 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 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 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, email Cyndi for very helpful details. (sebastianvol@verizon.net

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.

Volunteer Orientations (30min): 

Wednesdays: 6:00 pm

or Sundays: 10:30 pm

Schedule date/time by emailing Cyndi, sebastianvol@Verizon.net

Bring your clearances and a completed Volunteer Registration form.

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!)

Step 3: Meanwhile, you can review our 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! I 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. 

 

Volunteer Training: No experience necessary. 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.

 

 

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. Times can vary depending on students rescheduling.

If you want to come before 3pm,

please text or email Cyndi to make sure staff is on the farm.

We do occasional ride out;)

Text Cyndi 610-476-2373

Email: Sebastianvol@verizon.net

 

Monday: 9am-1pm,  3pm – 8pm

Wednesday: 11am – 8pm

Tuesday: 3pm – 7pm

Thursday: 11am – 1pm,  3pm -8pm

Friday: 9am – 6pm

Saturday: 9 am – 2 pm

Sunday: 9am – 4pm

AND (themed;) Summer Riding Day Camps (Mon -Fri, 9am-2pm

Camp 1: July 10-14

Camp 2: July 24-28

Camp 3: August 14-18

You can help weekly or at our 2017 Summer Day Camps! 

Camp during the day and regular lessons after 2pm till…

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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: sebastianvol@verizon.net

 

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…..!