Project R I D E Incorporated

Rating: 4.96 stars   25 reviews

Issues: Human Services, Sports

Location: 8840 Southside Ave. Elk Grove CA 95624 USA

Mission: Project R.I.D.E. Inc. provides recreational therapeutic horseback riding instruction to people with special needs.
Target demographics: People with physical or developmental special needs ages 3 and up
Direct beneficiaries per year: 540
Geographic areas served: Greater Sacramento Area
Programs: Recreational therapeutic horseback riding lessons
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 94-2778565
(916) 685-7433
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My Granddaughter Elizabeth picked Project Ride for her volunteer credit in Highschool so I volunteered with her :) We decided we wanted to be of service by mucking out the stalls & doing general cleanup work as well as helping with the cleanup after the annual crab feed. We Love the barn and the horses providing a wonderful nurturing atmosphere for healing of the mind, body, heart and soul! We just LOVE everyone there!-Diane G.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

My daughter and I have volunteered at Project R.I.D.E for several years now. We love working with the horses, the riders, and the other volunteers! We get a great deal of happiness whenever we go there.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Project Ride Leads from the Heart! The work they do with kids and adults with special needs is amazing--but moreover, they are just GREAT People. They know how to get things done, they are passionate about their mission, driven to do it better, and provide a service to the clients, and to the community. Volunteering at Project Ride makes me think of that movie quote from Jack Nicholson to Helen Hunt. "You make me want to be a better man."

I get to drop in and emcee their events a few times a year--and every time I do, I feel like they are doing me a service by allowing me to be there for a few hours!

Gregg Fishman

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I started volunteering in late 2008. From the first time I came to the orientation/training, I knew I had found a very special place. Marisa, who was giving the orientation, had me hooked before I knew it. She and all the staff I encountered inspired me and gave me such a more positive outlook on life. The kids are amazing. The volunteers all work together and go well above and beyond. I am truly amazed how wonderful this organization is and how well everyone works together for the kids and adults who ride. I am now a staff member, and enjoy each day being able to see our riders laugh, play, and learn in an environment that is safe, and full of fun. The horses are the magic, and everyone involved makes a difference and plays an important part to this valuable program. Even the barn cats play a part in welcoming everyone who comes into the barn. A really wonderful place to be.

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?

2014

 
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1 person found this review helpful

As a volunteer I have seen the enthusiasm of the riders the minute they walk into the barn. The staff is wonderful and caring. I am so happy to be part of this wonderful orginazation .

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter volunteers at Project R.I.D.E. Her goal was to give back in a way that benefited horses and children. She didn’t anticipate feeling like she receives far more benefit than she gives. The staff and students appreciate their volunteers and treat them like family. Volunteers are nurtured and given opportunities for growth. Seeing the life-changing effect its programs have on the families it serves is moving. Our family volunteers quite a bit, and we believe Project R.I.D.E. is one of the best organizations out there.

 
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When I started volunteering I was looking for something to add to my resume showing I was putting my degree to use. Before I left the very first day I knew I found more then just a resume filler, I had found a place where all my worries and concerns were put into perspective and life made sense. The staff all are amazing people who do so much for their students and volunteers without even knowing they're doing anything, simply by creating a fun environment full of praise. Every day at Project R.I.D.E. is amazing. The amount of praise they deserve is unlimited. I'm so glad I get to be a part of the Project R.I.D.E. Family.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Project R.I.D.E. makes me smile every day. For the past year, I have volunteered roughly 200 hours with this wonderful organization.
What started out as a class requirement has become something that has changed not only my perspective on individuals with varied abilities, but also my attitude towards life. Prior to working with Project R.I.D.E., I sweated the small stuff. Every little thing had to be perfect or my day was ruined. Seeing happy, laughing children who overcome daily struggles has really changed how I feel about my own problems. There are posters encouraging happiness and laughter throughout the arena that remind me to stop and smell the roses. Project R.I.D.E. is my "happy place," where my problems disappear when I volunteer.
In addition to promoting happiness, Project R.I.D.E. really takes time to emphasize the importance of its volunteers. This is part of the reason I keep coming back. The executive director, Tina, always stresses that lessons could not happen without volunteers to lead, sidewalk, and keep the arena tidy. Project R.I.D.E. makes its volunteers feel important and celebrates them at every opportunity. No matter how long I stay, I always get a big "Thank you!" at the end of each visit.
Project R.I.D.E.'s Volunteer Coordinator and Community Outreach Manager, Marisa, takes the time to get to know each volunteer and recognize their special talents. When I first mentioned to Marisa that I wanted to be an event planner, she quickly found me some great work experience in helping out with several of Project R.I.D.E.'s big special events.
Even though I have fulfilled my class requirement at Project R.I.D.E., I still plan to volunteer whenever the opportunity arises.

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

Find a new business to sponsor the vending machines or sell other snacks for volunteers. Create a mobile app or some other way to sign in for volunteer shifts. If I'm working in the office, I generally don't have a chance to get to the clipboard at the other side of the arena. A mobile app that lets you "check in" based on proximity would be really useful. It would also be a cool way to track the total number of hours that I volunteered!

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?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I was in a lonely, dark place in my life- having some fairly serious health issues and going through a lot of stress at work. I finally took a leave of absence, which helped some, but left me lonelier than ever and w/o much reason to get out of bed every day.
My therapist asked me what I liked to do that I'd stopped doing, maybe due to work, or lack of time. I remembered I'd loved working with horses in my teens, but hadn't had any real opportunity in the intervening 15 years or so.
I'm also quite shy and nervous around large groups of people. My therapist suggested finding a program like this one working with horses, because I already knew I could, and with kids, because they don't make me feel so anxious. It would get me out of the house and help others while helping me, as well.
I couldn't have guessed how much I would LOVE my time at Project RIDE. All of my fears and anxieties fell away working with the clients here. Most were children, some were adults, but I never felt judged or awkward, and I looked forward to every shift I could work. I started as a "sidewalker" and got to train as a "leader" (in charge of grooming, tacking and leading the horse through the sessions). Unfortunately, after a few months my health took a turn for the worse and I haven't been able to go back yet. I definitely will, though. Just like the students get to build on their skills through the program, I imagine I'll need to build my stamina and confidence back up as I go. Everyone here is so supportive and friendly, I miss going in to help. I miss seeing the progress my "little peanuts" made every single session. I miss our silly songs and games and most of all I miss their strong, determined hearts and the near constant laughter. Project RIDE affects everyone who participates - students, instructors, volunteers, observers. Everyone should visit at least once to see the wonderful things they are accomplishing there all the time.

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

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Every visit to Project RIDE is a fun learning experience, not just for the riders, but for the volunteers too! The staff, volunteers, and riders are all like a close family. I have never left the arena without a smile that remains with me for the rest of the day. Project RIDE is a special place filled with special people!

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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