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June 8, 2011

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June 8, 2011

I worked with Elizabeth years ago when she was the manager of Edisto Equine Clinic in Charleston, SC. She and I formed a fast friendship and I throughly enjoyed working for and with her. When the opportunity to work with her again, through her organization, L.E.A.R.N., came to me in December 2010, I jumped at the chance! I have personally witnessed the positive impact L.E.A.R.N. is making in the equine community in the Low Country of SC, and beyond. The need for organizations like L.E.A.R.N. is huge....the numbers of abused and abandoned horses is ever-growing and more and more people are finding it impossible to properly care for their horses in these tough economic times. Horses that otherwise would have continued to suffer, find a refuge at L.E.A.R.N. and have the opportunity to heal and prosper and find a new loving home...I can't imagine a better outcome! Volunteering for L.E.A.R.N. is a bright, positive, rewarding part of my everyday life. I'm proud to be a member of this organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen the positive impact working with the rescued horses has had on the lives of all who are involved with L.E.A.R.N., particularly the children. I've had conversations with the parents of the kids involved with L.E.A.R.N.; they marvel at the maturity and confidence their children are developing working on the farm with the horses. This reinforces L.E.A.R.N.'s mission to reach out to our Youth to help to break the cycle of animal abuse and create a 'new generation' of responsible horse owners.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't make any changes...we are small, but growing steadily. We are limited to how many horses we can help right now, because of funding, but we are making changes to the equine world one horse at a time! As donations and sponsorship increase, we can expand. We'd like to see a day when rescue & rehabilitation groups like L.E.A.R.N. are no longer necessary...until then, we'll keep on keeping on!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

I was fortunate enough to catch-up with Elizabeth over the holidays in 2010. She's a great friend and a wonderful mentor. Her knowledge of 'all things horse', is astounding. I wanted to help forward the mission of the organization and ensure it's continued success.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Feeding the horses! It's tough...and expensive. It costs L.E.A.R.N. $125 per month, per horse to feed. We normally have around 20 horses in-residence, which is our absolute maximum, financially. Without regular sponsorship of the horses currently in our care, we are forced to turn horses in need away everyday. It's heart wrenching.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Our long-term goal is to expand our facility; expand the capacity of horses we can care for at any given time financially, and expand the number and variety of programs that we can offer our community. This takes funding, land acquisition, and program development. We are currently growing our Youth Camp Program, which will enable us to help offset a portion of our monthly expenses, as well as forward our larger mission of educating our young people, our future horse owners, as to proper, compassionate, and responsible animal care.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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