Want to become a part of the Henry’s Home Family?

 

Our New Volunteer Orientations are held the first Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m., and the first Saturday of the month at 3 p.m.  To join our family you must be over the age of 18.  Please don’t ask about your kids as we are no longer accepting kids here with their parents, other than those who are grandfathered in.  Kids may be allowed to come with their parents to work on a land or building project, just not with the horses.  No horse experience is needed to volunteer here.  At the beginning you will learn our ways from working with other volunteer mentors, basic horse chores, like putting out hay, cleaning and filling feed buckets, manure management, tack and barn care, etc. There are always lots of organizing, cleaning, land management and building projects going on as well if you like to work with your hands, including tractor work, cutting brush, mowing, repairing fences, watering and weeding gardens, etc.  If you have IT skills, marketing or fundraising experience, a family member who loves to garden, build or work with his/her hands, or anything else that we could use as a non-profit, even better.  

After you have worked for a while at learning all the horse-care chores, if you want to start handling the horses, you will need to take some lessons from our assistant instructors.  There is a small fee for these lessons which come back to Henry’s Home as a donation. We all need to be on the same page for these horses who have been through so much and appreciate consistency.  Once you are comfortable and skilled at handling the horses, you may want to join our feeding teams.  We feed all the horses their supplement every morning, all together, and just a few [our harder keepers] in the evening.  We do offer the availability for riding lessons, for a fee with our professional instructor, if you put in enough volunteer hours.  But please don’t count on that as most of our lessons go to our veterans, first responders and their families, who are primarily who we serve here.

Since everyone here is a volunteer, we all work flexible hours and days, somewhat depending on the weather since most of our work is outside.  We come when we can, once a week or every day, working at what brings us joy. That’s up to you as there are no requirements, other than the initial training sessions, which you will need to schedule after your initial orientation. The more you come, the more you learn. And when you are ready, you will be asked to help mentor the new volunteers if you would enjoy that.  Also, you might want to get involved in more of the organization and leadership, as well as helping us with the different groups that come for team-building or volunteer days. We really appreciate hard work, showing initiative, kindly using your voice, asking for help, recognizing that most of the time ‘good enough is enough’, and gratitude for this opportunity.  What we don’t appreciate here at Henry’s Home is drama, back-biting, taking more than you give, judgement of others . . . we are not that place, and you will be asked to leave if that becomes a problem. We are a sanctuary of peace and simplicity, a place to heal your soul, by way of this family and these animals.

If you are interested in making an appointment to join one of our new volunteer orientations, please contact our Executive Director, Donna Stedman, at 281-292-1110 [text is best], or email her at donna@henryshomehorsesanctuary.org.