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March 1, 2011

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March 1, 2011

Two of my brothers and one of my sisters and I all volunteer at Reins of Life. This is a hippotherapy center for people with special needs. We are so excited about this place. We try to get everyone to volunteer there.
Since 1978 volunteers have been assisting during more than 3,000 hours of
lessons per year. The organization helps children and adults reach their full potential by having them ride horses.
The lessons teach focus, direction following skills, coordination, and help stretch muscles and improve balance.
Over 500 riders per year participate. Reins of Life helps individuals who come from as far away as 100 miles. There are very few organizations like this one. I see the same riders a lot because they find the experience to be so beneficial.
The riders sometimes become very close friends with the volunteers. One rider was a flowergirl in her sidewalker's wedding.
I am a “side walker,” so prevent riders from falling, engage them in conversation, and assist during activities. I love to chat with the riders. It's easy to speak abstractly about "appreciating differences," but when I'm with the riders, I really learn how. I am so happy I can help them reach their full potential with their abilities and physical health.
Reins of Life receives no government or insurance funding.
Reins of Life subsists on fundraisers, the small lesson fees, and donations from individuals, organizations, and corporations. The horses are donated.

The Great!

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

I learned to appreciate people with special needs more while helping them reach their full potential

Ways to make it better...

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

Try to make the lessons a little longer--even 15 minutes more.

More feedback...

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

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

They're so appreciative! No change needed!

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

Helped me learn to interact with people with special needs more effectively

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I feel like I am making a difference. Everyone is so pleasant and fun!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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