November 8, 2012
I am a certified equine massage therapist. I contacted HHT in 2007 to offer my services for free. Other than massage, I had no horse background, yet from the minute I walked in, I felt completely among friends. I gradually became more involved, especially when I noticed there were days when the executive director fed, watered, and mucked out all the stalls in the barn by herself. (I can't think of another executive director willing to personally clean urine and feces in an animal rescue for 10 years, while refusing a paycheck, "because the horses need the money more.") I eventually took over her Thursday morning and evening shifts (the latter with my 13 yr old daughter), trained other shift workers, sold crafts and provided beverages on monthly Adoption Days, held some fundraising meals, and taught massage classes. This year, I joined the Board of Directors and the Adoption Committee, where my law degree came in handy drafting a new adoption contract. This expanding organization needs and challenges every kind of skill imaginable - just what this stay-at-home mom wanted! Working with horses, photography, office skills, writing, baking, organizing events, scrapbooking, meet-and-greet functions - whatever your talents, they are welcome at HHT.
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