One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time
Volunteers help us keep doing what we envision.
Volunteers ensure horses are safe by making sure clean water and food is available.
An essential aspect of volunteering is ensuring the property is clean, for environmental reasons as well as health reasons for the horses. This includes lots of mucking (picking up manure), pulling weeds and removing small rocks that cause foot bruises on the horses. Once trained or if experienced and comfortable around horses, volunteers can groom the horses and learn how to work with the horses. After some chores, volunteers can socialize and bond with the horses.
Other important volunteer activities include:
Building needed structures and fencing
Volunteering with ETC is rewarding, peaceful, and fun!
Please review the FAQ below carefully. After reading through it, if you feel we are a good fit for your volunteer time, please send an email to our volunteer coordinator at email@example.com and attach our volunteer application located below. We will contact you shortly!
Volunteer Orientations -
Orientations are usually held on Saturdays at 9am, however, at times we have workshops held on Saturdays and cannot work with new volunteers. We also schedule weekday orientation. New volunteers are encouraged to stay and work after the orientation.
If you decide to stay and work:
Make sure to wear muck/rain/work boots or shoes and clothes you don't mind getting wet and/or dirty. We recommend you dress in layers as you warm up when you get moving, and bring something for the rain! Rubber boots are essential in the winter months. Staying hydrated is very important so please bring lots of water! If you forget your water we provide bottled water.
All new volunteers must bring a hard copy of the volunteer application and waiver form to the orientation, unless emailed beforehand. If the volunteer is a minor they must bring a minor waiver form signed by a parent and/or guardian. Volunteers under 14 years of age must have an adult or guardian with them. All minor volunteers under the age of 14 must have a parent and/or guardian attend the orientation with them.
Where are you located?
Our facility is located right off of highway 9 in Clearview, Washington.
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
Volunteers must be 14 or older unless accompanied by an adult/guardian.
How frequently do I need to volunteer?
Horses require daily care. We ask our volunteers to try to commit to 1-2 twice a month and encourage commitments to a weekly shift.
We also have projects that consist of property maintenance, building structures and fences and often need many volunteers to complete!
I do not have any experience with horses, is that okay?
Yes! We offer workshops and experiences for people that have never stepped out of the city. We will provide training and help you gain confidence and experience.
I need volunteer hours for (school/work). Can I complete them with ETC?
Yes! Although, we encourage short term volunteers to stay longer because the longer you stay the more you will get to learn about our way of working with horses.
Can I just let you know each month what days I am available if I have an irregular work schedule?
Yes. We are flexible with volunteer scheduling because there are always many chores to be done around the property.
Can I come by anytime without notifying someone?
Yes, but only with approval for trained volunteers that know their way around the facility. Volunteers are welcomed to come on days they have not scheduled, as long as there is someone with special designated training on the property.
My employer offers corporate volunteer days, can we volunteer at ETC?
Yes! There is always much to do on the ranch. We also encourage corporate groups to participate in our workshops. Do you work for Microsoft or Boeing? Did you know they match your volunteer hours as a contribution to nonprofits?
I have some physical limitations, can I still volunteer?
Some of the work that volunteers do can be physically demanding. However, there are opportunities to volunteer with bookkeeping, marketing, facility management, animal care, program coordination, fundraising events or workshops.
I’m a very good rider, can I volunteer to ride the horses?
ETC does not provide a riding program and our work with horses typically does not include riding.
I’m really busy and I don’t have a lot of time to give. I really want to help…what can I do?
Please consider becoming a monthly donor. Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. For as little as $10, $20, $50 per month, accumulative, we can make a significant difference.
I have a question not answered here, now what?
Our Volunteer Coordinator is happy to work with you to help determine where you best fit in. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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