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Review for Sarasota Manatee Association For Riding Therapy Inc, Bradenton, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I'll join in the praise for SMART! I started volunteering here in 2012, right after retiring and moving to Florida -- and I've found an avocation that is much more rewarding than my forty-two years of work.
Whether I'm asked to help out in the barns, groom the horses, side walk, and occasionally lead during classes the rewards for me are immeasurable. I find a sense of calmness, the reward of giving to others and knowing that they are benefiting from their experience, and a family of fellow volunteers without whom my life would be empty.
I've cried with happiness when a child succeeds, I've shared their enthusiasm for learning and conquering new tasks, and I've laughed with their joyful smiles.
SMART is a community that gives to a larger community and thus makes a difference in the world

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Sarasota Manatee Association For Riding Therapy Inc, Bradenton, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

When I learned about SMART in 2012, I thought I would become casually involved with this organization -- a good thing to do in retirement. Now, five years later I'm a dedicated donor helping to support the marvelous difference SMART makes in so many lives. I know that my contributions are supporting the programs at SMART -- making it possible to reach more people every year. And, I know that SMART spends much less than most nonprofits on administration -- making sure that over 95% of every dollar goes to the programs.

I am also a passionate volunteer who can see the changes in individuals after even a couple of lessons -- and as the years go by the significant differences in their physical, emotional, and verbal abilities. I believe that I get as much from SMART -- perhaps more -- than I have from any other activity in my experience.

Role:  Donor