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July 1, 2010

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July 1, 2010

I have been a donor to NEC for the past five years and have continually been impressed by the caliber of service this organization provides to children with disabilities. The program has wonderful volunteers (my best friend being one of them)who assist the children with the horses and who take exceptional care of the horses as well. Children who participate in the program reap the benfits that only interaction with magnificent animals can provide. I am proud to be a donor and will be for years to come.

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

when I see children riding the horses

Ways to make it better...

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

add more horses so more children could benefit

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the excellent interactions between the children and horses

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptional

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide more care to children and horses

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 30, 2010

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June 30, 2010

Naples Equestrian Challenge has an extraordinary staff. They are very accommodating and sincere in their efforts to better my child as well as others. The amount of patience and calmness they exude in tense situations adds a sense of comfort to the experience. My child enjoys his time there immensely. I extend my greatest thanks to the entire staff and all of those who help to support the cause. Ashley Yager

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

the results with my child. After attending a session at NEC he is filled with a sense of tranquility for the remainder of the day.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 30, 2010

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June 30, 2010

This is a wonderful volunteer program that really allows you to make a difference visibly. The riders are each unique and different and loads of fun to work with and teach. I feel like I learn more about them each time I come. The horses also have their own distinct and lovely personalities, they are beautiful to watch and fun to be around. I have really enjoyed all the time I spent there and hope to continue coming for a while to come.

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

the lives of the riders, their families and friends. The volunteers clearly love what they do, and the difference it's made in the riders is visible.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the horses and riders. The different personalities of them are clear, distinct and individual and I'm really glad I was shown what helping people really looks like.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind and devoted to helping the riders achive their goals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 30, 2010

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June 30, 2010

I feel blessed and privileged to be part of the NEC volunteer community. Seeing the happiness and excitement in the child's face as he approaches the ramp, knowing that soon he will be on his favorite horse, fills my heart. Watching them grow and progress gives me great satisfaction. Knowing that the parent can allow him/herself to sit and relax thru the duration of the lesson, because i am there to assist his/her child, makes my task even the more gratifying.

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

Each visit to NEC I experience the magic and happiness the children spread to everyone.

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

I pray, daily, for more funding. NEC is such an outstanding program, effecting so many special needs children and adults. As a volunteer, i will continue to give my time and energy. And will continue praying for a HUGE contribution!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

EVERYTHING

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

AWESOME

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Keep on doing what it is doing with some peace of mind, allowing more candidates to enjoy the program.

Ways to make it better...

Couldn't possibly be better. Each visit is a blast!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Money, of course.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Anyone, who would come visit NEC and witness the results and smiles on the faces of the riders, would agree with me that this program is necessary.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 30, 2010

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June 30, 2010

I absolutely love volunteering at NEC. There are so many opportunities to help not just with the children and families, but with the horses, around the barn, even donations. Every little bit helps. :)

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

During my time with the riders I have seen the smiles and heard the laughter of the children as it does make a difference in their lives. It is something the riders and families look forward to.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the smiles and laughter of the children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very involved and love what they do. They are great role models.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide more better facilities for the riders, families, and horses that come to NEC.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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June 30, 2010

Naples Equestrian Challenge is so amazing. NEC works with Special Needs Children and Adults working with horses on occupational type skills. the child or adult is supported by 2 sidewalker (volunteers) one volunteer on each side of the horse and a leader to assist the child with the horse. It takes alot of dedication for the the child and manpower of voluteers. Seeing a Special Needs child face light up when they see the horse and seeing the parent face light up when these kids are in a lesson keeps the volunteers coming back for more. The child or adult progresses so .. working on balance skills in the saddle, verbal and directional skills, reinning the horse where to go. Besides being so important to the child and adult we work with building their skills and confidence in themselves, it is heart warming in these times to meet so many volunteers dedicated to this program to helping these kids and adults. Everyday I am there it fills me with happiness seeing these how happy it makes these kids and the volunteers and horses who work with them.

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization weekly by seeing the progress of our special needs children and adults skills and happiness.

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

Nothing.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with our special needs children and adults with the horses, seeing their skills progress and the happiness it brings them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

awesome! kind and wonderful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

buy more land for the horses and added facilities to help more special needs children and adults.

Ways to make it better...

Nothing...it is great everytime I am there volunteering.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Money, we need more of it.

One thing I'd also say is that...

It really makes you feel good to help these kids, it brings joy to my heart and giving back really enhances your life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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June 30, 2010

My daughters volunteered for the Naples Equestrian Challenge at their summer camp. I came to watch one of the horse shows, and being an equestrian was quite moved by the program and what they achieved with special needs children. I immediately knew that I wanted to be part of the program and began volunteering. Many have written regarding the program and the therapy it provides. Another perk to this program that is very important is the draw to teenagers to volunteer. It is magnet for young girls, and the volunteer experience at the NEC is very powerful. For each rider, 3 volunteers are needed. We have a volunteer base of around 250. It offers volunteers of all ages a hands on opportunity to truly make a difference in someone's life. This type of meaningful volunteerism shapes futures for our younger volunteers, they come for the horses and stay for the riders.

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

many daily miracles. First words among the non verbal, core development and strenngth, emotional and physical achievement of riding and controlling a large strong animal. Some of these riders will never ride a bike, but can ride a horse!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting the special needs riders and watching their families interact with them. They are very special, and the dynamic they possess inspires me.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The Staff is amazing and the volunteers have more heart than any I have ever encountered. Volunteering is physically challenging, and these people are loyal, and truly step up to the plate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy the property next door, to provide a sensory trail system for our riders, to get them out of the ring. We would be able to never have a waiting list, and provide the service to so many.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 30, 2010

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June 30, 2010

Four years ago I carried my three year grandson to the NEC stables. He was observed and accepted as a rider. Zach couldn't walk because his hip socket was not developing with the ball in the socket. His Mother, our daughter, was told that he would need an operation--she chose riding a horse as an alternative. After four years of weekly riding at NEC, Zach is walking with a brace and is able to run. Nec has taught him balance, patience, communication skills and independence. He is able to walk without an operation. Riding has helped him with his speech, listening and concentration skills. Zach not only has special needs he is autistic. This program has helped him overcome many obstacles, without NEC we don't know where Zach would be---it has truly been a miracle that NEC has helped performed

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

Many of the riders of all ages. One example, a young lady three years ago began riding, she couldn't hold her self up without supports. Today, she is able to support herself without during her riding activity.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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June 30, 2010

People cannot immagine how much a child gains from the thereauputic actions of a horse both physically and mentally. I have volunteered at NEC for 4 years now and it's extremely rewarding. In particular when you see the progress the children make in their riding capabilities and most importantly the improvements you see in their characters....much more confidence, more outgoing, constant growth is more often than not. Wayne Learn

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

the advancements I see in the riders on a weekly basis.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 30, 2010

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June 30, 2010

This was my first year volunteering at the Naples Equestrian Center. What a great organization. All the volunteers are so caring for each of the riders that we worked with each week. Being able to experience the joy that riding brings to each of these riders makes volunteering there priceless! From week to week you could see the progress the riders were making, and the bond that they develop with the horses and volunteers is amazing. I am excited to volunteer for many more years!

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

Watching the progress of the riders from week to week.

Ways to make it better...

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

The organization is run very well, I would not make any changes.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting and getting to know the riders, horses and volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Warm and friendly as well as very helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

The sky's the limit!

Ways to make it better...

Nothing

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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