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 about what it takes to run a sanctuary and/or ranch. This is primarily an adult organization and we ask all civilian volunteers to be over the age of 18. The only exception for kids is if they are a child of a veteran or first responder that live in the same house, and then they are accepted on a case-by-case basis depending on their behavior. 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.
If you are interested in joining our volunteer family, the first thing you need to do is attend a new volunteer orientation, held the first Wednesday morning of the month at 9 a.m., and the first Saturday afternoon of the month, at 3 p.m. for civilians. More frequently held for veterans and first responders. We are closed on Monday to give everyone a rest. After your orientation, you will have the opportunity to start learning the chores required to keep this place running smoothly, from the volunteer mentors. Those chores include putting out hay, spreading manure with an ATV, or picking it up in certain areas, cleaning and filling water troughs, organizing and cleaning tack and supplies, etc. After you have gotten involved with those chores, you may be able to start learning some basic hands-on horse chores, like catching, grooming and bathing the horses, etc. You will need to take a couple of basic handling-a-horse classes, from our assistant instructors, to be able to do the chores that require hands-on activities. Those classes will be provided for a small fee if you are a civilian, which helps us with feeding costs for the horses. Many of our horses are rideable, but we don’t focus on riding as this is a sanctuary, and encourage you not to plan on that, at least at first. If you want to be able to work with the horses in more depth, like ground work training and riding, you will be required to take some lessons from our outstanding natural horsemanship professional, for a fee. If you are a veteran or first responder, or a spouse or child living with one, those lessons fees are waived. Our veterans and first responders get priority for available lesson times as they are primarily who we serve.
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, as well as opportunity with the horses, 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 with an orientation, 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.