Want to become a part of this all-volunteer Henry’s Home Family?
Some volunteers come with years of horse experience, and some have spent their lives afraid of horses and are now ready to get over that fear. All come with an open heart to continually learn. This is primarily an adult organization and we ask volunteers to be over the age of 18. We often get asked if volunteers can bring out their older children; this will be determined on a case by case basis by our ‘staff’ as we get to know them and determine their ability to follow direction, and their level of responsibility and thoughtfulness towards the animals and other family members. This is a sanctuary of peace and purpose for those dealing with trauma, anxiety, depression, loneliness, etc., so its our job to keep it peaceful, for our humans and our animals who have been through so much.
Everyone coming as an individual volunteer has the opportunity to start working with the horses right away, if that is what you want. At first, you will learn all the horse chores from the volunteers there that day, including putting out hay, learning our morning feeding routine, manure management, organizing and cleaning tack and supplies, basic hands-on chores like grooming and bathing the horses, etc. If you want to be able to work with the horses in more depth, like training and riding, you will be required to take some lessons from our outstanding natural horsemanship professional. If you are a veteran or first responder, or a direct family member of one, those lessons fees are waived. There are plenty of chores around the ranch that are more geared towards building projects and land management which most of us pitch in on as well, including cutting trail and brush, building fences, mowing, tractor work, etc. If you have IT skills, marketing experience, fundraising experience, a spouse who loves to garden, build and work with his or her hands, or anything else that we could use as a non-profit, even better. We all work flexible hours and days, coming when we can, once a week or every day. The more you spend time here helping, the more you will learn and feel like a member of the family. Responsibility is given to those who earn it, as in all life, right? That’s up to you.
As a group coming to volunteer, we offer a variety of opportunities to help. We are growing this new property so quickly that we never know what projects we might be working on day to day, but we can plan ahead for some of the bigger ones. We have a number of veteran service organizations, first responder teams, corporations, other nonprofits, and community groups coming out to help on a regular basis. And during these times of pandemic uncertainty, working outside, with or without a mask, spacing as you feel comfortable, we are able to offer groups unlimited chances to bond and learn and have fun together.
If you are interested in more information or to make an appointment to get started learning and working, or if you are a group wanting to get on our schedule, please contact our Executive Director, Donna Stedman, at 281-292-1110 [text preferred], or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.