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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 ServiceOur organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of horses.
Our organization conducts Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) programs with instructors, specialists, counselors, trainers and/or facilitators (full-time, part-time, independent contractors, and/or service providers) who have certified training applicable for people with special needs and specific to the program offerings - either on staff or accompanying clients when participating in our programs
Our organization does not provide community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.
99% 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.
Session Volunteers (Side Walking)Minimum Age: 16Side 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 VolunteerMinimum Age: 12We 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 VolunteersMinimum Age: 16Throughout 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 12-15Minimum Age: 12Individuals 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.
Facility Improvements: Better Access For PatientsNCEFT 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 ListFor 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
Funding For Compensation PackagesOur 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.