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All Creatures Great and Small

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Review for People Helping Horses, Arlington, WA, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

I have been a volunteer since Feb., 2012. I have found this organization to be very caring and dedicated to the whole horse: body, mind and, yes, soul or spirit, however one wishes to define such an entity. PHH's heart is in the right place. I do think that The Board needs to be a Working Board and increased in number and filled with equine and financial people who are independently minded. I recommend this because it appears that there needs to be more planning, budgeting, fund raising and web site updating (advertising). All of that takes more resources, especially people, and a larger, working board could be of greater help to Gretchen. This woman has been doing this for 10 years and her depth of experience, combined with the backing of a Working Board, would raise this organization to the next level. All Creatures Great and Small

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

The renewed health of the horses, the adoption of the horses to good homes.

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

Do as I said in my review: an expanded Working Board of independent equine and professional financial people who could better plan, budget, fund raise and advertise. They would help Gretchen take PHH to the next level. She needs to give up some control in order to accept some help to grow PHH and not be in budgetary crisis all the time.

Would you volunteer for this group again?


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?


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

Hire a new Office Manager who knows something about horses and who is willing to work. For example, one that doesn't train new volunteers on grooming on the sickest of rain rot horses. One that doesn't tell (not ask, tell) her volunteers to do heavy, hard work when there is much to be done before an event and then does as little as possible herself. We volunteers resent it.

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

Loved learning new skills from the trainer and reaquainting myself with horses. Loved meeting new people and making friends.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Happy and fulfilled but frustrated tsometimes with the Office Manager.

Role:  Volunteer & Groomed, lunged, PT, treated rain rot, loved, watered...