National Center For Equine Facilitated Therapy (NCEFT)

National Center For Equine Facilitated Therapy (NCEFT)
880 Runnymede Rd
Woodside, CA 94062

Phone: 650-851-2271  MAKE AN INQUIRY

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EIN: 94-2378104
Founded: 1971
Profile Last Updated January 23, 2023

Public Charity

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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.
Equine Welfare Network Guardian
Effective Date
May 2022

The Guardian Seal of Transparency is awarded annually to recognize an organization's commitment to transparency and accountability by their willingness to make comprehensive data about their programs, horse care practices, and governance available for public scrutiny. The Guardian Seal of Transparency is NOT an endorsement.
Awarded Annually
Effective Date: May 2022
Last Updated: August 13, 2022

National Center For Equine Facilitated Therapy (NCEFT) has not attained the Guardian designation for 2023. To view the 2022 Guardian information, click here.

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