What is a volunteer? A volunteer is a person who does some act without being under any obligation to do so and without being promised any compensation or remuneration for his or her services. Horses Healing Hearts also known as 3H is a 100% volunteer-based organization, and volunteer support is responsible and necessary for its success. We could not exist as we do without the timeless giving and tremendous efforts of our equine loving friends.

We have a multitude of needs, and we can likely find something for everyone: horse care and feeding; transportation; facility maintenance; fundraising, grant research and writing; administration/organization, outreach; events; special projects; etc.

Volunteers who wish to work directly with horses are required to complete Horses Healing Hearts Horsemanship 1A Orientation/Basic Safety training, which introduces the volunteer to 3H’s basic handling and safety practices to ensure volunteers are handling 3H’s horses utilizing 3H’s handling style, as well as employing basic safe handling practices. The cost for the orientation/training is $35.

This fee helps defray our insurance costs as well as nominal administrative/organizational overhead costs associated with the rescue (e.g. website/internet costs, printing/paper, postage, etc.). Without insurance, we could not offer our volunteer opportunities (or implement new programs), and without volunteers, we could not do what we do. However, 3H does not want this to be a limiting factor. If the class fee is not financially feasible, we offer fundraising options or volunteer “scholarships” on a case-by-case basis.

For more about the various positions other than horse care that are available please contact us.

Email us at hhh@horseshealingheartsinc.org with any questions or to begin the volunteer application process.

Volunteers and visitors must have scheduled appointments to be at Horses Healing Hearts.

We are not open for unexpected visitors at this time.

To schedule a tour or for more information about 3H
please call or text Melissa at
415-260-2232
www.horseshealingheartsinc.org


Volunteer Positions

Accountant/Bookkeeper – As a non-profit organization, it’s imperative that we have excellent record-keeping and sound accounting practices.  We can always use the guidance and support of an accountant or experienced bookkeeper with non-profit expertise.

Advertising  – Opportunities abound.  We have a various advertising possibilities at the facility, on the website, in the newsletter, and other potential sources.  If you have advertising sales experience, we need you.  We would like to have sponsors to name our barn, stalls, paddocks, pastures, and the like.

Animal Care and Handling – Most of our horses will have been through challenging times, and they deserve the best of care.  The horses can never get enough attention, whether it’s through feeding, grooming, handling, cleaning stalls and paddocks, socializing, or simply getting a little love.  Many of our horses previously have not been handled; therefore, they need experienced handlers to help show them the way. During the week, volunteers typically feed and care for the horses in the evening, usually 4p until done or dark.  On the weekends and holidays, we’re typically horsing around from 9a until noon or done, and we’re looking to establish am and pm feed/care teams.  Because we operate on private residential property, we do not have an “open barn” policy.  We schedule volunteers and visits by appointment only.

Facility Maintenance  – There is always something that needs to be done around the barn or pastures.  If you can help with minor repairs or maintenance such as structure repairs, feeder/waterer repairs, fence or gate repairs, tree trimming, cutting downed trees, replacing lights, or other unexpected repairs, we could use your help.  We also need occasional help installing new fencing, re-configuring panels, setting things up, taking things, down, weed control, and the like.

Events or Volunteer Scheduling Coordinator – Scheduling events and volunteers can be a big challenge.  We need someone to help coordinate our scheduling calendars to make sure things go as planned and we are not short staffed.  This could be multiple persons working together, one for events, one for facilities, one for volunteers, one for horse care/training, etc.  If you are good at keeping a smooth schedule, we need you.

Farrier/Trimmer – Our rescue horses should have their hooves evaluated upon intake, and they need regular hoof care.  Farrier costs add up quickly, and the hoof needs of the herd is a regular zap on our funds.  If you can donate hoof care for one horse, one-half day or a full day of services, a discount on services, or otherwise help defray farrier costs in any way, your support will be greatly appreciated.

Fundraising – The size and success of our program depends on our ability to secure the funds we need to sustain our program and grow when we can.  There are endless ways to raise funds, it just takes time, effort, and persistence.  If you have experience with a certain program or want to learn, we can use all the help we can get.

Grant Research and Writing – There are grants out there, and we need them.  There are numerous grant programs available, but research and writing takes time and experience.  If you have researched grants or done grant writing, we need you.  Please join our grants team, even if you can tackle only one.

Graphic Designer – Creative professional needed to assist with various design needs such as a logo, advertising and marketing materials, website graphics, miscellaneous print media, retail products, etc.

Media/Public Relations/Outreach – Media opportunities abound, and we need community support.  Support of one or more experienced PR professionals to help guide us would be invaluable.

Program Leaders – There are numerous programs we can establish to benefit the horses and the rescue, along with the community such as various youth, adult, and senior volunteer programs; birthday & pony programs; scout programs; 4-H programs; riding programs; summer camps; after school programs; training/clinic programs; etc.  We are open to your ideas and willing to embrace and support programs that benefit the horses and the rescue in some way, as well as the community in general.  Bring your ideas or make ours become a reality.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at info@horseshealingheartsinc.org to let us know your interests.