At ROCK, there are so many different ways to get involved. From side walking, and horse handling to answering phones in our Welcome Office and helping with special events. This month’s featured volunteer, Don Gerhardt, has jumped right in helping out in so many different ways over the past year. It feels like no matter where you turn, Don is there. He is proof that even in a short amount of time you can make a huge impact. Keep reading to learn a little more about Don and how he found himself out here in the dirt!
How did you find out about ROCK?
When I was working a coworker told me about volunteering at a horse therapy center and when I retired here in Georgetown I called around and found out there was a premier facility right here. Had to wait a year to get involved due to the pandemic.
What are you involved in?
Volunteer mostly in the arena as a horse handler, and feeding the horses, which is a great way to get to know the whole herd for anybody interested, hint hint. Also, support Military Veterans’ program on Tuesday nights.
Volunteering here I’ve enjoyed working with the horses, of course, but soon found out there is such a great group of people here, it is fun to see everyone enjoying their work so much. But biggest surprise is enjoying see clients faces light up when they get on a horse, no matter what their situation.
What else do you enjoy when you’re not at ROCK?
After working in an office for 40 years, I enjoy getting outside, hiking, boating, exploring Texas, (tried fishing, not for me). And still have the motorcycle.