Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding has been instrumental in helping me steer my career in a new direction. When I moved South to Charleston about 3 years ago, I had quit my position in business world, and was on a mission to find a more meaningful occupation, ideally one which would allow me to positively impact the lives of others. I contacted CATR researching volunteer, or possible employment opportunities, and have been volunteering at CATR ever since. The staff is professional, courteous, creative and everyone goes the extra mile to accommodate the riders, volunteers and to make sure the horses are taken care of well. Through my volunteer work at CATR, and having made friends with several staff members who offered a wealth of advice, experience and ideas, I was inspired to explore the field of occupational therapy as a possible career choice. Seeing the riding instructors at CATR interact with the students, being able to help with the lessons, and part-taking in the sense of accomplishment and pride reflected on the riders' faces astride the horses have truly been a life-changing opportunity that this organization has afforded me. I am now enrolled at the Medical University of South Carolina in my second year of OT school. Thanks, CATR!
Thanks Mira! We have enjoyed having you involved in our program as well. You are going to make a great OT!!!
I have volunteered with CATR on and off for 5 years now and am always so impressed with how well the organization is run and with the great people who work there. They are truly thankful for the volunteers and dedicated to the clients they serve. I am happy to give my time to such a wonderful organization!
Thank you so much for your kind words Kelly. We are happy to have you back with us volunteering.
I have only been working with this organization for a little over a year, but I can certainly vouch for the fact that this program has a significant impact in people’s lives. I found CATR on volunteermatch.com & became intrigued after viewing their website. The volunteer coordinator, Dee, is an extremely sweet lady who helped me through the qualification process. My first day volunteering was with Dee & another woman who works at CATR. Both were friendly, knowledgeable, & overall very helpful in making me feel comfortable & letting me know exactly how things work at their facility, what lessons entail, etc.
I have worked with several children in my short time with this organization. Although they had different life experiences (several were Autistic, one had Cerebral Palsy, etc.), I can tell that their time spent with CATR is not only enjoyable for them, but beneficial as well. It brings me great joy to watch them ride around the area, practice trotting, etc. They get the biggest smiles on their faces!! :) I find it nothing short of amazing how much this program can advance children with disabilities. It is very interesting to me that riding lessons can assist with so many different factors in a person’s life- social interaction, emotional behavior, independence, etc. One child I have worked with used to be extremely timid & scared to even touch a horse- now he rides with a smile on his face! I am proud to be a volunteer at CATR & can’t wait to see what the future holds for this organization.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review Ashley. We are so thankful for dedicated people like you who make all that we do possible!