I have volunteered at Challenge Unlimited for about five years now, first helping with the horses used by clients who were there for therapy, and later in the Welcome Center. The staff at the farm are professional, dedicated, and compassionate people who combine their efforts for the well-being of their clients. In addition to the serious work done for people with disabilities, there is an ongoing effort to establish a sense of community through programs like Breakfast with Santa, a Derby Day road race, and an annual evening gala fundraiser. Challenge Unlimited is a wonderful organization doing amazing work.
I have been with challenge unlimited for over 8 years. Through all the wonderful programs that they offer I have met so many friends and the people at challenge unlimited have become a second family. They are genuinely happy to see you and work their hardest to make sure you get what you need. The dedication and hard work of the staff is incredible to miss they are always at work with a smile and always brighten the day
I worked with CU when it first started in the 80's and am so impressed with then strides it has made even from a very strong start!
I have been involved with Ironstone Farm for about 9 years. In that time I have watched much growth, from clients, working students, volunteers, staff, horses, as well as my daughter and myself. I have been involved in helping were needed from feeding, volunteering, greeting, birthday parties, and other special occasions. Ironstone Farm is a great place to make friends, relax, exercise, work, socialize, and enjoy to just enjoy nature. My daughter and I started volunteering 9 years ago (so we had something to do together) she became a working student, made lots of friends, acquired great work ethnics, and has now working to become an instructor herself. As for myself I have found that I started because I liked horses, and working with kids, but stayed because I found I had as much to learn from those horses and kids if not more than they could learn from me. Anyone that spends time with these wonderful horses will become a stronger person.
I have volunteered at Ironstone Farm over the course of three or four years now. Safety is of primary concern, the staff is well trained as are the horses! Until you've seen a child or young adult go from no smiles and fear, to laughter and joy, you can't begin to understand the great value in this program!! The physical and emotional needs are met. The bonding with the horses is amazing.
The local is also excellent, providing beautiful views and closeness to nature. A quiet green pathway under sunlit trees, or the blue heron on the pond.... it is almost zen-like.