How Could YOUR Unique Skill Set Fit in at The Right Path?
Do the bleak days of winter leave you searching for a meaningful outlet for your energy and talents? Do you have time on your hands and want to feel connected to a community of people making a difference in the lives of others?
Whatever your hobbies and interests, you might be surprised to find that The Right Path has a place for you! Over the years, our programs have grown to include much more than just arena work directly with horses and riders. Do any of these possibilities ignite a passion in you?
- caring for animals
- investing in young people
- tutoring budding readers
- teaching equine education classes
- preparing wholesome meals for veterans and first responders to share
- cleaning and organizing workspaces
- capturing beautiful moments through photography and videography
- creating engaging graphic designs and online video content
- getting your hands in the soil, cultivating attractive landscaping
- painting, building, and doing repair projects outdoors or in the shop
- advocating for challenged individuals in our community by connecting local businesses, churches, and groups with our programs and mission
Of course, we always need experienced horse handlers to train for the Horse Leader position. In addition, reasonably fit people can fill Sidewalker positions (previous horse experience is not necessary). We are also looking to groom new instructors-in-training to fill the boots of our seasoned PATH instructors as they begin easing into retirement. But there are many more opportunities for service at the barn and around the ranch!
This past semester, especially, presented challenges with a shortage of volunteers for our classes. When the cold and flu season hit, staff members stepped away from their regular duties to fill positions in the arena. Sadly, we even had to cancel classes a few times because there simply were not enough people available to provide safe services for our students.
Would you consider coming on board to help provide an enormously beneficial activity for these children and adults with specialized needs? We continue to receive positive feedback from parents, caregivers, physicians, and therapists about the improvements they see in our students. Still, it’s crucial to maintain consistency in their weekly sessions as much as possible. Even an hour or two out of your week could make a difference in whether we can offer a class or have to keep potential students waiting for life-changing services.
Our next volunteer training is Tuesday, February 8th, from 6-9 pm at the barn. Our spring semester begins the following Monday, February 14th. Spring classes can only be confirmed once we have adequate volunteers.
We are committed to doing all we can to accommodate as many students as possible each week. However, the critical need right now is volunteers and horses. If you or a friend would like to help, or if you know of an equine candidate that would make a great therapy horse, please call the office at (918) 352-4110. We would love to hear from you!
May you stay safe and warm this new year!