Our mission is accomplished thanks to the passion and commitment of our volunteers (ROCKateers) ages 14 to 92.
Volunteer opportunities include:
- Horse Handlers
- Barn Maintenance
- Special Events
- Office Assistance
- Work Groups
ROCK is governed by a volunteer board of 21 leaders and an advisory board of eight. ROCK’s strategic plan consists of 10 implementation teams to facilitate continued progress towards improvement in excellence.
Training courses are offered throughout the year and, while horse experience is valued, it is not required.
Not only does ROCK make a difference in the lives of our participants and their families, it also makes a difference in the lives of our volunteers. While volunteering at ROCK you’ll learn new skills, meet new people, and experience the incredible feeling that comes from sharing your time and talent with our participants.
ROCK is always looking for dedicated volunteers!
Please look over the list of volunteer positions and training requirements here.
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.
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.
Steps to become a volunteer
Check the upcoming volunteer training dates listed below.
Call (512) 930-7625 or email rockateers@ROCKride.org to register for a training.
Complete the volunteer application and background check 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.
In an effort to protect our community, we have made the decision to cancel the volunteer training sessions scheduled for March and April.
ROCK has many stakeholders that come through our gates each week. Each one of them is precious to us. Our desire is to always hold dear our core values: Safety, Integrity, Honor, Compassion, and Excellence, which has guided us to make this decision.
The circumstances surrounding the coronavirus are changing quickly, so we have not made any decisions about rescheduling the training session at this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us.
Upcoming Volunteer Training Dates:
April 8, 2020 (Wed) 12 pm-4 pm (Canceled)
May 16, 2020 (Sat) 9 am-1 pm
June 20, 2020 (Sat) 9 am-1 pm
Volunteer training is held at ROCK, 2050 Rockride Lane, Georgetown, TX 78626. Please call (512) 930-7625 or email email@example.com to sign up for a training date.
Instructions for using the Volunteer Portal
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.
LOGGING INTO THE VOLUNTEER PORTAL:
Step 1. Click on “Volunteer Log into Portal”.
Step 2: Enter your first name, last name, and password. Do Not Enter Email address.
Step 3. Click submit. You will be directed to your personal volunteer portal.
At the top of the site, there is a place to REPORT 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.
ROCK Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do I need to have prior experience with horses to volunteer at ROCK?
A. No, it is not necessary to have experience with horses or individuals with special needs.
Q. What kind of things do volunteers do at ROCK?
A. 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!
Q. Are there options for me as a volunteer if I can’t commit to come every week?
A. Absolutely! Some of our volunteers come in on as as-needed basis and check the schedule for openings.
Q. Do you ever need people to help in the office or with events?
A. 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!
Q. I am interested in working with horses. What programs are in place for someone like me?
A. We provide training in “Horse Handling” and offer a mentorship program for those who interested in advanced training.
Q. How old do you have to be to volunteer at ROCK?
A. Volunteers need to be at least 14 to volunteer without a parent or guardian.