Volunteer at Freedom Farm!
Why do you volunteer at Freedom Farm?
"Providing encouragement to the courageous riders at Freedom Farm is a rewarding experience. The riders' persistent pursuit of success and freedom of movement provide pure joy to all and is truly inspiring." -Tom
"We may never hear a rider speak or they cannot speak well, and out of nowhere, you hear a soft 'whoa' or 'walk on' as clear as can be. I have seen riders who won’t make eye contact, and suddenly they turn and look at you for the first time, with a smile." -PJ
"Why do I keep coming back? A staff that is dedicated, caring, welcoming and wise. Riders who work so hard for their success. Volunteers who are always there for one another and the riders. Parents who are tireless in their commitment to their children. And, of course, the great, wonderful, beautiful, gentle horses." -Paula
Every rider at Freedom Farm requires 3 volunteers: 1 leader and 2 sidewalkers. The sidewalkers’ job is to assist the rider during the therapeutic riding lesson and while brushing their horse. The leader is a person that has experience leading and riding horses and understands horse behavior.
There are 3 sessions: Spring, Summer, and Fall, that run April through October. Volunteers can do all three sessions or just one, and typically sign up for 1 to 2 hours per week. An annual training is required and provided at the start of each session. Attending a volunteer training is the best way to find out if this something you would like to do. Each volunteer needs to fill out Volunteer Forms yearly, and can be downloaded below.
Training Sessions for 2014
Saturday, March 29 - 9:00 am for Horse Leaders
Monday, March 31 - 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm
Tuesday, April 1 - 9:00 am & 4:00 pm
Wednesday, April 2 - 5:00
Thursday, April 3 - 5:30 for Rider Parents
'Please choose one' then call or email to register.
Training sessions are 2 hours. For more information, please call or email us with questions.
VOLUNTEER FORMS 2014 Please download, complete & bring to training.
2013 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
November is a month of thanksgiving, and Freedom Farm is so very thankful for its wonderful and amazing volunteers! We had a great night blessing our volunteers with a meal and awards for each person's special service throughout the year.
A special thank you to the mothers of riders Karen Milbrath and Laurie Lee, and board members Joel Brunner and Jacqueline Ricks who helped serve dinner. The volunteers were touched by your words of thanks and appreciation.
Every volunteer is important in creating a safe and encouraging environment for the riders, and some have gone above and beyond to use their gifts to specially bless Freedom Farm. Special awards were given to recognize these efforts. We are so thankful for you!
Volunteer of the Year: PJ Frauendienst
Above and Beyond: Crissy Oestreich
Faithful Friend: Dawn Anderstrom
Horse Handler of the Year: Amanda Maus
Couple of the Year: Nathan and Steph Keim
Let Riders Be: Sheryl Smith
Volunteer Extraordinaires: Kurt Rischmiller, Brian and PJ Frauendienst
Keep it Rockin' and Rollin': Sandee Gould, Nikki Rischmiller, and Corrie Stevens
Sharing His Gifts: Dave Kummer
Roll with it/Flexible: Kathy McMahon, Cindi Koopmeiners, Elaine White, Jamie Uecker, Pat Johanning, and Jessie Salonek
Love Them Horses: Elaine White, Kathy McMahon
5-Year Volunteers: Dawn Anderstrom, Jen Cottew, Brian Frauendienst, Crissy Oestreich, Audrey Larson
10-Year Volunteers: Dave Kummer, Paula LaVigne, Pam Peterson, Debi Ylitalo, Sue Claussen, and Colton Bjorklund
PATH Accreditation; These volunteers were here during the site visit: Jim Jacobson, PJ Frauendienst, Kathy McMahon, Dawn Anderstrom, Barb Fleischman, and Nikki Rischmiller. We rocked it! Thank you!