Naples Equestrian Challenge’s success relies on the generosity of our 200+ extraordinary and active volunteers. NEC depends on its volunteers in countless ways and they are definitely at the heart of our program. Four certified instructors teach 110 amazing riders each week, most of whom would never be able to enjoy their experiences at NEC without assistance from the volunteers. Additionally, our new equine-facilitated mental health programs (EFMHA) serve another 40 – 50 participants each month. The current need for trained sidewalking, leading, grooming and tacking positions requires 270 volunteer slots to be filled each week.
Our volunteers come to us with a variety of backgrounds and life experiences. They are homemakers, teachers, mental health professionals, business professionals, students and retirees. Some, but not all, of our volunteers have experience with horses. Most of all, they are simply caring individuals who understand the importance of providing reliable support, compassion and encouragement to our riders their families. In 2009, our incredible volunteers generously who donated their time and energy for our therapeutic programs, participated in a fundraiser, served on the board or a committee or sweated on a property maintenance project collectively donated more than 25,000 hours of their time and resources on behalf of our riders and their families!
It’s no wonder NEC is well-known for its outstanding volunteers – we are blessed to have the very best!
All of our volunteers are required to attend a training session prior to volunteering for the program. Please contact our program administrator if you are interested in becoming part of our program!
Missy Saracino, Program and Volunteer Manager
Click here for: NEC Volunteer Sign Up Packet
Prior to Training Manual for: Groom & Tack Manual
Prior to Training Manual for: Leading Manual
Prior to Training manual for: Sidewalker Volunteer Manual
Click here for: Volunteer Handbook 6-5-11