Want to volunteer at Hope Horses?

Information session set for July 30

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Tennessee Walking Horse/Appaloosa, Sancho, is the newest program horse at Hope Horses, Inc. (Hope Horses, Inc. Facebook)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Local nonprofit Hope Horses, Inc., dedicated to providing therapeutic riding lessons for children and adults with physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs, is looking for volunteers. It will host a volunteer information session at its facility at 1301 Convent Road NE in Cullman July 30 from 9-10:30 a.m. Attendees will learn about the requirements and responsibilities of becoming a part of the Hope team.

In operation since 2014, Hope Horses serves adults of all ages and children as young as 4. Offered are riding programs, yearly camps and field trip opportunities for individuals and organizations. The program provides a social experience and a way to improve coordination and fine motor skills, as well as build muscles.

Executive Director Kelsey Rice Scott stated, “There are many different areas to give your time at Hope Horses: volunteer in our therapeutic riding program, collect in-kind donations, volunteer at one of our fundraising events, or we have opportunities for groups and organizations to set up a serve day and assist with special projects at the facility. Individuals do not have to have horse experience to be a volunteer. All volunteers must complete the proper paperwork, a background check and orientation before starting to volunteer.”

Scott says the program is open to as many volunteers who are willing to serve. Individuals who wish to volunteer will need to complete orientation to learn how to properly assist in lessons and to volunteer throughout the barn safely.

Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to attend the information session July 30 to learn more about the nonprofit’s mission and volunteer requirements. Volunteers are encouraged to commit to three hours once a week for six weeks.