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September 8, 2013

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September 8, 2013

I began volunteering at Hope Springs about 10 years ago, and have assisted many of the instructors and students since then. I have seen so many students grow and gain confidence through the program and I always am inspired by their courage and enthusiasm. Volunteering at Hope Springs has been a special family pasttime. For many years I teamed up with either my teenaged son or my husband, working with students who needed both leaders and side-aids. In addition to working directly with the riders, we have also enjoyed helping out at the special events and shows that were sponsored by Hope Springs.

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The organization and the people are fabulous. It would be wonderful if they had access to an indoor riding ring.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

September 7, 2013

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September 7, 2013

I am a high school senior, and I regularly volunteered here since the beginning of this year for half a year. Volunteering at Hope Springs definitely taught me how to be more mature and caring and also non-prejudiced, given the experiences with a large community of different people. The instructors are wonderful (I've worked primarily with Ms. Jeannie, Ms. Helen, and Ms. Natalie) and honestly, so are the students. Despite their physical conditions, they still have very normal, healthy, and vibrant personalities and it is wonderful watching them enjoy the lessons. It surprised me every time seeing how much effect this equestrian therapy has on the students, although I know I shouldn't be. I remember a girl of only 3 or 4 years old who came for her first lesson one day, screaming initially, but eventually calming and enjoying the ride within half an hour. Hope Springs does a fantastic job of making a healthy difference in everyone's lives. I recommend coming to volunteer (as long as you don't mind the smell, although you will eventually get used to it) or coming here for lessons.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

May 26, 2012
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May 26, 2012
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As a long-time volunteer at Hope Springs, I have seen first hand how children and adults with a wide array of disabilities can be fundamentally changed for the better through one-on-one equestrian therapy, delivered in this intimate setting by knowledgeable, caring instructors. The close bonds forged between students and staff, horses, and volunteers at this facility are truly inspiring; they compel me to contribute more and more time to this worthy endeavor where everyone pitches in to make a difference in each rider's life.

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watching riders grow up, changing both over the years and during individual lessons. I've seen children with autism and intellectual delays interact in new ways while on horseback. I've seen teens who couldn't walk unassisted sit tall and grin from ear to ear while riding. I've seen parents watch their child's accomplishments with unmatched pride. You have to see these changes to fully appreciate their impact.

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Expand marketing reach to help more people find out about Hope Springs

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Indoor ring for winter lessons

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Personal satisfaction, new friends, learned about disabilities and horses and the impact of equine-facilitated therapy, and motivated to leave my desk chair, get outside and exercise all year long

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like just a little bit of help from me could make a real difference for someone else in need of help

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