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National Center For Equine Assisted Therapy (NCEFT)

EIN: 94-2378104
Founded: 1971
National Center For Equine Assisted Therapy (NCEFT)
880 Runnymede Rd
Woodside CA 94062
Last Updated 2018-02-01

Public Charity

Equine Welfare Network Guardian
We are proud to be a *2017 Guardian and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

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

Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of horses.

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.

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 people with special needs reach beyond boundaries through equine-assisted therapies, education, and research.

Volunteer Opportunities

Junior Volunteering Ages 12-15
Minimum Age: 12
Individuals ages 12 -15 are welcome to volunteer per arrangements with our volunteer coordinator. After a small orientation, they should be able to perform tasks with minimal supervision. Documentation is available for school credit. Anyone under the age of 12 must be accompanied by and adult while volunteering.

Lesson Volunteers
Minimum Age: 16
Session volunteering does not require any previous experience. Volunteers are integral members of the hippotherapy and adaptive riding teams during sessions running an average of 30 minutes long. Volunteers support the patient by walking on either side of the horse and following instructions given by the therapist and horse handler. Session volunteers should be able to commit to coming the same day and time each week (usually two hours per week). We operate Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

To become an NCEFT Session volunteer, you should:

Be age 16 or older
Be able to walk continually for 30 minutes, bend, twist, raise arms up and jog for short distances on uneven ground
Be willing to learn and follow NCEFT's procedures
Attend a volunteer orientation session prior to beginning service with NCEFT
Be able to perform tasks with minimal supervision after training
Work in collaboration with NCEFT staff and fellow volunteers to create a positive atmosphere
Be flexible and have a sense of humor
Possess a desire to have fun while helping others
Love people, kids and horses

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.

Wish List Items

Office Donations
• Copy paper (regular and 28lb)
• NEOPlex 24" x 42" Black Powder Coated Steel Sidewalk Sandwich Board A-frame Sign
• Cosco Products Centerfold Folding Table, 6-Feet,White
• Stanley TR150HL SharpShooter Heavy Duty Staple Gun
• Heavy Duty Packing Tape Dispenser - Tape Gun

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.

*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.