Fulfilling the mission of ROCK would be impossible without the commitment and dedication of our volunteers.
Not only does R.O.C.K. make a difference in the lives of our clients and their families, it also makes a difference in the lives of our volunteers. While volunteering at R.O.C.K. you’ll learn new skills, meet new people, and experience the incredible feeling that comes from sharing your time and talent with our clients.
As a ROCK volunteer, you now have a personal portal where you can log in your volunteer hours, see ROCK’s weekly needs and sign up to volunteer for the areas of need.
FOR FIRST TIME USERS:
Step 1. Click on “Volunteer Log In Portal” below. Enter your first name, last name, and email in the fields below.
Step 2. Click submit. You will be emailed a link
Step 3. Check email for the link
Step 4. Click the link and you will be directed to your personal volunteer portal.
Step 5. Create password: Scroll down on the left hand side to password and create one you will remember then hit save.
FOR RETURNING USERS:
Step 1. Enter your first name, last name, email address, and your password.
Step 2. Click submit and the your personal volunteer portal will open.
At the top of the site, there is a place to log your hours. You will be asked to select a “job”. If you are a Horse Handler who gets to SideWalk in the same day, please pick the job that you did the most that day. If you prefer to keep your Horse Handling and Side Walking hours separately, then you will submit two separate log entries. (example: Select Horse Handling, enter hours, and click submit; then select sidewalking, enter hours, and click submit.)
If you have kept track of hours (prior to this new system) that haven’t been entered in, you can enter them here. Simply add up all the hours that you have calculated and put them in as one big number.
If you have any questions or need assistance with the new system, please contact (512) 930-7625.
Who volunteers at ROCK?
ROCK volunteers come in all shapes and sizes. Our volunteers range in age from 14 to 85 and bring a wide-range of social, professional, equestrian, and academic experiences to our volunteer program.
Volunteering at ROCK is a rewarding way to get fit
Come walk away your calories while assisting with the therapy of ROCK clients.
For more information about any of the volunteer opportunities at ROCK, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also check out the Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions page.
Corporate Volunteerism and Special Interest Groups
Many businesses and special interest groups encourage their employees and members to give back to the community by contributing service hours to local nonprofits and charities. The flexibility in scheduling and variety of tasks available at ROCK ensures there is something for everyone. The real benefit of having your group volunteer at ROCK comes from the satisfaction of knowing that you have made a genuine difference in our community.
Service hours may be earned by performing many different duties at ROCK Volunteering in therapy sessions requires a high level of responsibility, conduct, and commitment. Anyone wishing to earn service hours must be scheduled through the volunteer office. PLEASE NOTE: no service hours are granted for training.
Service for Academic Credit
Students wishing to earn community service hours for a class must volunteer in a therapy session and commit to volunteer at least one hour per week, for a minimum of 12 weeks.
Court Appointed Community Service
At this time, we are not able to offer any court appointed community service hours.
Do I need to have prior experience with horses to volunteer at ROCK?
No, it is not necessary to have experience with horses or individuals with special needs.
What kind of things do volunteers do at ROCK?
Volunteers can answer phones, help with maintenance, train to be side-walkers, help with equipment, and any number of support tasks. If you’re not sure, tell us what you like to do, or what your strengths are, and we will try to put you to work!
Are there options for me as a volunteer if I can’t commit to come every week?
Absolutely! Some of our volunteers come in on as as-needed basis and check the schedule for openings.
Do you ever need people to help in the office or with events?
Yes, we do. We have several large fundraising events, plenty of competitions, and all kinds of special days for our clients. We use greeters, special entertainers, caterers, parking lot attendants. You name it!
I am interested in working with horses. What programs are in place for someone like me?
We provide training in “Horse Handling” and offer a mentorship program for those who interested in advanced training.
How old do you have to be to volunteer at ROCK?
Volunteers need to be at least 14 to volunteer without a parent or guardian.
ROCK University provides ongoing learning opportunities for staff and volunteers. Past presentations are now available on ROCK University’s new YouTube channel provided exclusively for the benefit of ROCK volunteers. Not only is the channel a terrific resource, watching it also counts toward your Volunteer Hours. So be sure to document your time spent watching, including notes about which topics you watched.
“Horses can’t talk but they can speak, if you know how to listen.” If you missed the fantastic talk by Dr. Patrick Breen, DVM, in August 2015, you can still watch his talk, “Deciphering Clues to a Horse’s Mindset,” on YouTube (at https://youtu.be/Nda18t27ylE).
Horse Handler Refresher Training Videos
A new video series on ROCK “Horse Handler Basics” is also now available on the ROCK University YouTube channel (at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLf4xtSwEiAyNgbPQ6ppfZG8EYBOgFg8mS), featuring ROCK’s very own Equine Manager, Lesley Shedeck. Horse Handlers are encouraged to enjoy these videos as refresher training. And for volunteers who may be interested in becoming a trained Horse Handler, the videos offer a sneak peek and will give you a head start toward the actual required (hands-on) training.
Suggestions Welcomed for More Training Videos
The Horse Handler Basics series currently includes 21 short videos totaling about 60 minutes in length. Once you’ve watched the series, feel free to post suggestions for additional video topics directly on our YouTube Channel under “Discussion” (at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpLtMVGQWvuHNX02wJCyLqg/discussion).
Together, we can improve our understanding of horses, equine therapy, and our various roles in making the daily miracles happen at ROCK.
New Volunteer Training
ROCK is always looking for dedicated volunteers!
Please look over the list of volunteer positions and training requirements. This will give you a better understanding of the duties our volunteers perform and what training is required to participate.
The volunteer training courses cover ROCK procedures, safety practices, and promote volunteer involvement. Regardless of prior experience, anyone wishing to work with the horses or clients must be trained and demonstrate competency in the area they wish to assist.
Steps to become a volunteer
- Check the rockride.org website for upcoming volunteer training dates.
- Call (737)300-7625 or email email@example.com to register for a training.
- Complete the volunteer application that will be emailed to you after signing up for a volunteer training.
- Once you have completed your volunteer training, you are welcome to begin volunteering for ROCK.
For more information about volunteering at ROCK, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (512) 930-7625.
You may also check out the Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions page.