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June 30, 2010
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June 30, 2010
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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

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June 30, 2010
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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
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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

June 30, 2010
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June 30, 2010
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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

June 30, 2010
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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

June 30, 2010
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June 30, 2010
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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

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June 30, 2010
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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.

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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

June 29, 2010

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June 29, 2010

My daughter and I volunteer for NEC every week.We look forward to seeing our riders and witnessing the improvemnet in their communication and flexability, but mostly in the pride they feel for their own accomplishments. It is so heart warming to hear the riders laugh out loud when they trot. The program is truly amazing, to see 3 year olds not afraid to sit on a horse when they can barely walk, or a grown man with tears of joy and excitement on his face when he is lifted on to his horse by volunteers. The best thing I ever did was to sign-up myself and my daughter for volunteer activities. We have experienced almost as much joy as the riders themselves. It is a mutually benefitting experience for all and one we personally look forward to every week. Sincerely, Mandy Romanelli.

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

seeing the riders improvements

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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 29, 2010

Since my daughter was in high school ( she will be 40 this year) we have been involved with Therapeutic Riding as volunteers. This was a natural extension of our love for horses and a way to share the wonder of these magnificent animals. When my husband and I move to Naples after retirement, I looked up the local therapeutic riding location and found Naples Equestrian Challenge. I was immediately welcomed, attended their training and got involved! In the 3 years that I have been volunteering on Thursday morning, our group-staff, volunteers and riders have become close friends. We know about each others families, lives and ups and downs. We meet for lunch, email & facebook when us snowbirds are gone. I give the NEC staff credit for setting the stage and creating an environment that is warm and caring. They are also very organized and go getters. Thank you NEC!

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

feeling that I can personally make a contribution to better the lives of others.

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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 29, 2010

NEC does a fantastic job of helping these riders with all kinds of things. They help teach them not only riding skills but communication skills as well. The instructors try to make sure that the riders are very hands on with the horses and strive to inhance their abilities. NEC has made a tremendous deal of progess over the years that I've been there and I truely hope to see them progress futher. My sister has had great times with the instructors and other riders thanks to the NEC program.

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

the progression of my sister's learning and physical abilities. She loves this program more than anything in the world and I know that she will continue with it for as long as she can.

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

not make any changes because I feel that this organization is doing a great job with everything.

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

that I get to spend time with the riders and make their life more enjoyable by helping them do what they love.

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

amazing. The staff members and fellow volunteers are very kind to everybody and I hope to continue my journey with them on making NEC a wonderful place.

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

do a lot, not only for the horses but for the riders as well. With the money we could expand the organization and allow even more people join this therapeutic riding organization.

Ways to make it better...

we had more time to spend with the riders. It would give people a better chance to futher interact with the individual riders.

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

the horses and the weather. i think that the horses become a big challenge in dealing with all the care that these staff members put into the horses i give them lots of credit.

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

I get a lot of joy out of working with these riders because my sister is one of them. To interact with other riders and see their joy that comes from riding horses makes all the difference in the world to how a person would feel.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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