Sonrise Equestrian Foundation
Rating: 4.94 stars 36 36 reviews
Animals, Children & Youth, Mental Health
PO Box 3097 Danville CA 94526 USA
SonRise Equestrian Foundation is a free, non-profit organization making a positive difference for children living with social, emotional, or physical challenges including terminal illness.
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I have had nothing but good experiences with the people of SonRise. They are very supportive of all the volunteers and the volunteers and staff are get with their clients. SonRise provides a ray of sunshine and hope to the children and their families. I got involved and knew nothing of horses or equine therapy. However in a very short time I could see the incredible value this organization provides those in need in the community. Believe me, these women do an incredible job!
I have been a happy volunteer with SonRise since its inception 10 years ago. It is a very special program making huge differences in the lives of children with all kinds of special needs, both physical and psychological. The results are immeasurable and the pleasure as a volunteer to see this difference is priceless. The best part there is no charge for any of the programs with SonRise-children ride the horses and receive consistent mentorship for free, and other community programs benefit from SonRise as no additional cost. Almost all of the staff at SonRise are dedicated volunteers and the program is run with tremendous financial accountability.
I am a volunteer Horse Handler and Travelling Tails volunteer..I love everything about Sonrise, the ranch, the people who work there, the horses are amazing and the kids are so sweet.
Sonrise is an exceptional non-profit organization. They do so much for developmentally disabled kids. It's incredible to see the children approach a horse with such trepidation, then to see them grinning ear to ear and laughing when they start riding. I've read a letter of gratitude from an autistic young man's parents who said the boy started speaking (to humans) for the first time after joining the program. And, all kids seem to come out of their shells around the horses. I feel privileged to have witnessed a tiny baby in a hospice program reacting to a mini horse's presence. It's magical!
Their mission is to "make a positive difference for youth living with social, emotional, or physical challenges, including terminal illness. Participating children develop confidence, integrity, and responsibility through mentoring and peer relationships centered around the care and enjoyment of horses." Sonrise Equestrian Foundation is doing just that, every week, every day. I'm so proud to be associated with this organization. When I saw the smiles on the faces of some of the developmentally challenged students when they mounted the mini horses, I knew what extraordinary people had created Sonrise!
I am proud to be a volunteer for Sonrise because I know that they operate under strictly meticulous ethical values in both operations and in working with the children. I am proud of the incredible patience and kindness that they show the children with physical and mental issues and with fairness to all. Sonrise leaders are are carefully chosen. The proceeds are carefully spent. The executive director and the board members are of outstanding character.
SonRise is a wonderful place where kids who might not normally be able to have a horse experience can connect with horses on an intimate physical and emotional level. Kids learn to groom, ride and take care of horses. Seeing kids connect with such a big beautiful animal is a very moving experience. A child who may not have friends at school, has a friend in one of the SonRise horses. SonRise is a place where kids are not only learning valuable motor and social skills, but learning to love and appreciate animals as well.
Love the people, the organization and the way healing is done with horses.
Sonrise provides an incredible place for volunteers to interact with their organization, horses, and children with development or physical disabilities. They make it so easy to volunteer your time, their training is great, and they provide ample opportunities that best fit your schedule, needs, skills, and passion. An incredible nonprofit with a very generous staff who cares about their volunteers, their horses, and most importantly the kids they work to serve!
This organization is run by caring, generous, thoughtful and selfless individuals that truly care about the children, horses, and volunteers. I am fortunate to be a part of it and look forward to watching it grow even more!
I attended a fundraiser for SonRise at Charles Wilhelm’s ranch four years ago, and after meeting the staff and watching the children on horseback, I knew right away that I wanted to be a part of this wonderful organization. I volunteer on Wednesdays as a ranch hand and as a sidewalker when we travel to Alma Preschool, Dublin Elementary, and George Mark Children’s House where the children can meet, groom, and ride the mini horses. It’s truly heartwarming to watch the children interact with the horses and to hear their teachers describe how even their non-verbal students “talk” for days after the minis visit. SonRise provides many services for special-needs children, and as a bonus, they rescue horses in need as well. I’ve seen firsthand just how compassionate, committed, and dedicated the SonRise families and staff are, and I’m proud to be part of this caring community. As a retired teacher, I give SonRise top marks for excellence in giving from the heart! :^)