National Center For Equine Facilitated Therapy (NCEFT)

National Center For Equine Facilitated Therapy (NCEFT)
880 Runnymede Rd
Woodside, CA 94062
Phone: 650-851-2271

EIN: 94-2378104
Founded: 1971
Last Updated 2020-05-26

Public Charity

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Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Our strong commitment to the concept of Horses, Hope, and Healing is personified in our Mission Statement: NCEFT is dedicated to helping children, adults, and military Veterans with special needs reach beyond boundaries through equine-assisted therapies, education, and research.

Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Public Service

Our organization conducts Equine Assisted Services (EAS) in accordance with the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines on Qualifications of Organizations Conducting Equine-Assisted Services (EAS).

Our organization does not provide community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of equines involved in our programs.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.

Our organization operates programs involved with horses and other animals.

Volunteer Opportunities

Session Volunteers (Side Walking)
Minimum Age: 16
Side Walkers walk beside the horse for the entire therapy session (30 minutes), and their primary job is maintaining the safety of the patient/client at all times. Side Walkers are integral members of our treatment teams. Experience with horses or people with disabilities is not necessary — just enthusiasm, strong backs, and the stamina to keep up with our patients and horses!

Qualifications for Side Walking:

- Ability to walk continuously for 60 minutes and jog for short distances on uneven ground.
- Bend, twist, and raise arms to shoulder height. Assist a child or adult from horseback to the ground.
- Make a regular commitment to NCEFT (1-2 hours per week). We operate Mon- Fri, 10a to 5p.
- Volunteers should be 16 years (responsible teenagers) or older. Documentation is available for school credit or work. Those 18 and older are subject to background checks.
- Volunteer training/orientation required.

Facility/General Grounds Volunteer
Minimum Age: 12
We always need assistance keeping our grounds and facilities looking sharp. If you have handyperson skills, or just enjoy being outdoors around people and animals, we welcome you to contact us for volunteering opportunities. Hours are flexible and year round.

Office Work & Special Events Volunteers
Minimum Age: 16
Throughout the year, we need help in the office with campaign mailers and special events, such as our annual Gala, Family Holiday Party, and Spring Fling Riding Showcase. We welcome volunteers to help stuff and stamp envelopes, help with crafts, photography, and more!

Junior Volunteering Ages 12-15
Minimum Age: 12
Individuals ages 12 -15 are welcome to volunteer per arrangements with our volunteer coordinator. Tasks include sweeping and landscaping; there is no direct interaction with our horses. After a small orientation, they should be able to perform tasks with minimal supervision. Documentation is available for school credit.

Wish List Items

Funding For Compensation Packages
Our most pressing need is for adequate funding to create compensation packages competitive enough to help recruit and retain the highly educated and skilled therapeutic practitioners necessary for expanding our patient and client services.

Facility Improvements: Better Access For Patients
NCEFT is actively seeking funding for creating improved access (e.g. ramps and pathways) and an all-weather overhang structure to provide protection for those participating in our special education class school programs, social skills groups, and equine-assisted mental health programs.

Wish List
For our local friends, toss one or two of the following items into your shopping basket and drop it by our office! Or shop directly from our wish list on Amazon and ship it directly to NCEFT.

We can always use the following:

Small paper drinking cups (i.e.Dixie size 3 or 5oz)
Hand wipes, Lysol spray
Copy paper (regular and 28lb letter paper)
Paper towels, Facial tissue (square boxes)
Small party favors (i.e. Mardi Gras beads, blow horns, super balls, etc.)
Hand sanitizer (in the giant economy size!)
Copy paper (regular and 28lb)
Stanley TR150HL SharpShooter Heavy Duty Staple Gun
Heavy Duty Packing Tape Dispenser - Tape Gun

*Guardians are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations. The Guardian Designation is awarded annually.
Equine Welfare Network Guardian
Effective Date
May 27, 2020

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