Volunteers are the hands and heart of Greystone Manor Therapeutic Riding Center (GMTRC). Every year over 150 volunteers donate more than 7500 hours of their time to our organization; GMTRC would not be able operate without our volunteers.
We serve children and adults with special needs and provide the opportunity for them to learn riding and horsemanship skills and gain the benefits that come with the equine-human partnership. Riding helps improve balance, coordination, endurance, strength, social relationships, and self-esteem. Volunteers make this experience possible and have the chance to make a huge difference in the lives of our participants.
Our volunteers find serving as a part of our programs to be incredibly rewarding. Whether you are an enthusiast with many years of equine experience, or someone with no experience, you will gain many personal benefits, opportunities to learn, and the chance to share in our participants’ joys and triumphs.
Volunteers assist in every aspect of our program and are provided training opportunities for each area. Volunteer roles include: Lesson Volunteers, Barn Volunteers, Schooling Riders, Professional Volunteers, Facility Assistants, and more!
Our primary openings for volunteers include helping in lessons, barn duty, and schooling riding*. These roles require volunteers to be able to commit to a set time for at least 1-2 hours weekly for the duration of a session (6-8 weeks). Days and times available depend on the current needs of our program, although typically we have the most openings to help in lessons (Mon/Wed/Sa AM, M-Th PM), weekday morning barn duty, and schooling (Fri PM). Some volunteers, whose schedules do not allow a weekly commitment, serve as substitutes or alternate volunteers when a regularly assigned volunteer is unavailable, however these opportunities will vary.
We also have some openings for volunteers to help with special events, fundraising, facilities and grounds maintenance, and other areas which are not typically weekly needs. If you are interested in helping in any of these areas, please apply!
*Schooling riders are competent equestrians who are capable of riding with English techniques and equipment at walk/trot/canter. Interested individuals must volunteer with our lesson program for at least one full session prior to taking their schooling test. (See Volunteer Handbook for additional details.)
How to Become a Volunteer
- Review our Volunteer Handbook for Volunteer Program Information and Requirements (GMTRC welcomes volunteers 14 years of age and older)
- Complete our online application through our Volunteer Portal (button below). This is a two-part process.
- Part 1 is a screening to help us determine if your availability and interests fit with our program.
- Part 2 will ask for the full information we need to register you as a volunteer. (You will receive the link for this via email once our staff have reviewed Part 1 of your Volunteer Application.)
- Sign up for a New Volunteer Orientation (NVO) session. This training is required for all new volunteers.
- Once you have completed NVO, you will be able to start volunteering! We will provide you information about available time slots and let you know how to sign up.
Two signature forms must be fully completed and submitted with your online application:
All volunteers 18 years of age and older (except those still attending high school) must submit the following clearances:
- Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History
- Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
- Site for both Clearances
Single day and special event volunteers do not need to submit clearances unless working directly with clients/participants.
2020 Volunteer Orientation Dates
New Volunteer Orientation (NVO) 2/29, 4/18, 6/06, 8/15, 9/26, 11/21
Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator with questions!
BY PHONE: (717) 203-7388
BY EMAIL: From our “Contact Us” Page