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“I volunteer to improve the quality of life for our riders…but the truth is Shepard Meadows benefits me too. There’s nothing more rewarding than to see a child’s face light up when they ride one of our wonderful horses and feel happy and successful.”

Individual Opportunities

Shepard Meadows relies on our many volunteers to be successful! Whether you have one to several hours per week, we have an activity for you.

We believe that our volunteers benefit from spending time at our farm, helping directly in program with participants, or with facilities or barn chores. Our beautiful and peaceful farm is a respite for all.

The following are individual volunteer opportunities that we are always looking for:

  • Sidewalkers
  • Horse Leaders
  • Schooler & Exerciser
  • Facilities
  • Equine Program
  • Barn Buddy
  • Fundraising
  • Special Skills

The minimum age to volunteer is 14 years of age. If an individual qualifies to be a participant in our therapeutic program, they are usually ineligible to volunteer.

To begin volunteering with us, please complete and submit your volunteer application to our Volunteer Coordinator.

Each and every volunteer is required to attend our Orientation and Training Session, which is held monthly – usually the second Wednesday of each month. There are additional training sessions held for advanced leader training and others.

Group Opportunities

We welcome volunteer groups from outside organizations. There is always much work to do at the farm! From United Way Day of Caring, to ESPN, Webster Bank, Gilbane, or GE – we appreciate the help to make major improvements to our property.

Examples of Group Projects of 4-8 hours in length include:

  • Installing & Painting Fences
  • Painting Out-buildings
  • Farmhouse Improvements
  • Clearing our Sensory Trail
  • Cleaning our Barns and Sheds
  • Seasonal Ground Clean-up

All inquiries should be directed to our Volunteer Coordinator.