Lift Me Up! volunteers make it happen! Volunteers are the “manpower” behind the “horsepower”. Highly dedicated and well trained volunteers make it possible for Lift Me Up! to provide lessons seven days a week, rain or shine! Whether sidewalking beside a student, leading a horse during a lesson, fielding phone calls, or assisting with our many events Lift Me Up! volunteers generously donate their time year-round. Volunteers often say that they “get more than they give” because they make new friends, help others in their community and bringing joy to the lives of our riders and their families. Contact us today to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
How you can make a difference
There are so many volunteer opportunities at Lift Me Up!, but most of our volunteers help with our lesson program. Grooming and tacking up horses, leading horse during a riding lesson, or assisting a rider as a sidewalker are some of the many opportunities to interact with our horses, instructors, riders and their families. Lesson volunteers are very active and should be comfortable walking and doing some light jogging. All volunteers are trained and must be capable of executing an emergency dismount.
You can also make a difference by helping us with a number of important administrative activities such as word processing projects, grant writing, and fundraising. If you are interested in lending a hand in this capacity, please inquire below to discuss potential projects.
- Minimum age requirement: 14 years old.
- All volunteers must complete the online Volunteer Application Form.
- Lesson volunteers are asked to sign up for a minimum of one lesson per week for one session.
- Volunteers must be able to adhere to safety standards, follow directions of program staff, and perform duties independently and consistent with the particular volunteer function.
- Training: You do not need to be a “horsey” person to help out. We provide on-the-job training as needed and host formal trainings four times a year.
Lift Me Up! hosts corporate group give-back days for companies who have employees willing to donate their time and talent with hands-on work at our farm in Great Falls. Local organizations including AARP, The Potomac School, Exxon/Mobil, CST, Equifax, and Gordon Baker and friends have visited us to paint and perform other various maintenance related projects. Lift Me Up! has a long-standing relationship with the Madeira School and hosted two of their students for a year-long service project.
Local Girl Scout Troops and Eagle Scouts generously donate their time and energy around our farm, completing landscaping and beautification projects which are enjoyed by our students and their families plus our staff.
Our annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinners, Galas and benefit dinners are hosted by volunteer committees and year-long planning for these amazing and important events are wonderful ways volunteers who do not have equine experience can get involved at Lift Me Up!.
Interested in Volunteering?Download the Volunteer Application