Active volunteers who have completed an application, attended orientation and been trained as sidewalkers and/or leaders can schedule their shifts online by clicking here.
Naples Therapeutic Riding Center’s success relies on the generosity of 400+ extraordinary and active volunteers. NTRC depends on its volunteers in countless ways and they are definitely at the heart of our program. Six certified instructors teach 160 amazing riders each week, most of whom would never be able to enjoy their experiences at NTRC without assistance from the volunteers. Additionally, the equine-facilitated mental health programs (EFL and EFP) serve hundreds of additional participants each year. The current need for trained sidewalkers and leaders requires 270 volunteer slots to be filled each week.
Our volunteers come to us with a variety of backgrounds and life experiences. They are homemakers, teachers, mental health professionals, business professionals, students and retirees. Some, but not all, of our volunteers have experience with horses. Most of all, they are simply caring individuals who understand the importance of providing reliable support, compassion and encouragement to our riders and their families. Each year, our incredible volunteers generously donate their time and energy through our therapeutic programs, fundraisers, board or committee service, and sweat equity on property maintenance projects. Collectively they contribute more than 30,000 hours of their time and resources on behalf of our riders and their families annually!
It’s no wonder NTRC is well-known for its outstanding volunteers – we are blessed to have the very best!
All of our volunteers are required to complete an application (see below link). They are also required to attend an orientation, training session and complete a background check prior to volunteering for the program. Please contact our program administrator if you are interested in becoming part of our program!
Jo Treglown, Volunteer Coordinator