Volunteers are the hands and heart of Greystone Manor TRC. Every year more than 120 volunteers donate more than 5750 hours of their time. As we continue to grow, so does our need for volunteers.
You do not need horse experience to volunteer at Greystone Manor TRC. You just need the desire to help others. We provide initial volunteer training and offer additional training every month to help you grow your volunteer experience.
Volunteers assist in every aspect of our program. Volunteer opportunities include:
Lesson Volunteers work in a team to assist with riding lessons. One volunteer serves as a horse leader and guides the horse throughout the lesson. Two additional volunteers serve as side walkers to assure the safety of the student rider. Every week of lessons, nearly 180 volunteer positions must be filled in order for us to teach safe riding lessons.
Barn Assistant Volunteers provide the care our herd needs every day of the year. Volunteers perform barn chores like feeding horses, mucking stalls, sweeping, cleaning tack, stripping stalls, grooming, and tacking horses.
Schooling Riders are competent equestrians chosen by Greystone Manor TRC instructors to school and exercise our horses and ponies.
Professional Volunteers donate their professional services in areas such as photography, grant writing, budget and finance, and gardening.
Facility Assistants help with cleaning, maintenance, and grounds keeping duties like mending fences and mowing.
Office Assistants help with mailings, filing, and other office duties.
Greystone Manor TRC would not be able operate without our volunteers. Many children and adults with special needs have never experienced the thrill and satisfaction of being on horseback. Riding helps improve balance, coordination, endurance, strength, social relationships, and self-esteem. Volunteers make that experience possible.
Thank you for your time, commitment, and desire to serve others.
- Become team members, adhere to organizational policies, and keep an open mind.
- Be on time, come early or stay late to help.
- Be familiar with lesson plans.
- Be sensitive and understanding to individual riders.
- Maintain safety and diligence at all times.
- Seek knowledge of disabilities.
- Be a good example; be responsive and caring to the horses at all times. If corrective action is necessary, it should not be done in such a manner to endanger or frighten the rider or others.
Greystone Manor TRC welcomes volunteers 14 years of age and older who enjoy working with people. Horse experience is helpful, but not mandatory.
2017 Volunteer Orientations
All new and returning volunteers must attend a Volunteer Orientation.
They are held the first Saturday of each month from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Volunteer Registration Forms
The following forms must be fully completed and submitted to the Volunteer Coordinator.
All volunteers onsite must complete a registration form and sign a waiver of liability. Special event and one day event volunteers do not have to complete clearances unless working directly with riders.
All volunteers over 17 years of age must submit a clean Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Record Check and a clean Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance effective January 1, 2014.
The Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance has no fee and can be completed online. Go to Child Welfare Portal, Create Individual Account on the Create Keystone ID, click General Information and at the bottom of the page is a Next Button. The form can also be downloaded and submitted by mail.
Completed online, unless the application is ‘Under Review’ both clearances can be immediately printed. ‘Under Review’ clearances can take approximately 14 days to process after receipt of request. Plan for a two to four week processing timeline.
The purpose of the Volunteer Handbook is to provide volunteers with information about our program, purpose, policies, and basic procedures. Volunteers are encouraged to thoroughly read the handbook before and after Volunteer Orientation. Please ask if you have any questions. We all work as a team and we are here to help each other, as well as serve our clients.