Volunteers are the “manpower” behind the “horsepower.” They are truly the lifeblood of our program. Fresh air, new friends, horses and exercise are just a few of the perks of being a volunteer. Volunteers (age 14 and up) are trained to side-walk with our riders and care for the horses. In addition, they help with fundraising efforts, special projects, and maintenance on the farm. Local businesses, schools, and companies participate in volunteer work days.
Volunteers often say that they “get more than they give” because they make new friends, help others in their community and help bring joy to the lives of our riders and their families.
Contact us today to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
There are so many volunteer opportunities at LiftMeUp! Most of our volunteers help with our lesson program, which includes grooming and tacking up horses, leading horse during a riding lesson, or assisting a rider as a side-walker. Lesson volunteers are very active and should be comfortable walking on uneven ground 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, fundraising, as well as event planning. If you are interested in lending a hand in this capacity, please inquire below to discuss potential projects.
Outside of volunteering with our therapeutic riding lessons and horsemanship programs, there are also opportunities for volunteers to help provide exceptional daily care for our horses. As a Barn Volunteer, you will assist the Barn Manager and Equine Care Team with feeding, turnout, mucking stalls, and other chores around the barn.
No horse experience required.
All training is on-site and activities can be tailored to your own comfort level. As a Barn Volunteer, you will have the opportunity to join the Equine Care Team, and can be considered for part-time positions, internships and other opportunities that may arise at Lift Me Up!
Throughout the year, LiftMeUp! hosts corporate group give-back days for companies who have employees willing to donate their time and talent by providing hands-on work at our facilities. Local organizations including SalesForce, AARP, The Potomac School, Exxon/Mobil, CST, Equifax, and Gordon Baker and friends have visited us to paint, repair, regrade, and perform other various maintenance related projects. Lift Me Up! has a long-standing relationship with the Madeira School and has 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 for volunteers who do not have equine experience to get involved at LiftMeUp!
Learn how to groom a horse in this volunteer training video.
Learn how to tack up and untack a horse in this volunteer training video.