Hope Remains ranch is seeking:
- Junior volunteers ages 15-17
- General volunteers ages 18 and above
- Mentors ages 18 and above
Junior volunteers: general ranch chores: mucking stalls, pulling weeds, spreading mulch, etc.
General ranch volunteers: cutting grass, weed eating, taking care of the garden, etc.
Mentors*: specially trained adults that work directly with the children and parents served at Hope Remains. Mentors lead children on horses, teach them about horses and they mentor the children/families through difficult times.
*Horse experience preferred but not required. Hope Remains will train you how to work around horses.
Optional Areas of service:
- The Mane Event – Monday-Thursday 4-5:30pm (September-April)
- Summer Camp – Monday –Thursday 7:30am-noon (June- July)
- Hoof Prints of Hope (mobile unit) – Monday – Friday 7:30am – noon. (September-May)
- Birthday Parties – times vary
- Special Events – Assist with organizing fundraisers, participating in community service work days at the ranch, 5K race, annual golf tournament and other events held throughout the year. (Hours depend on each event).
- Barn Help – Assist in the barn with the daily care of our horses. Tasks include feeding, turning out, cleaning stalls, and other miscellaneous barn tasks. (Mornings, evenings and weekends, 7 days a week)
- Builders/Handy Persons – Use your special talents to rebuild fences, paint, do yard work, and miscellaneous maintenance necessary. (Flexible hours and days)
- Office – Assist with filing, data entry, mailings, photocopying, phone calls, research, and other miscellaneous tasks. (Flexible hours Monday-Friday)
- Board of Directors/Committees – Hope Remains Ranch is always looking for qualified individuals to become members of the Board of Directors or serve as advisors on various committees such as budget, policy, fundraising, or equine management.
Commitment (Mentors/Volunteers): A minimum commitment of one afternoon (1.5 hours) is required. Mentors and volunteers must also attend a training session prior to starting their role at the ranch.
Ranch work apparel – Due to the nature of the guests/clients we serve at Hope Remains, as well as, for safety, legal and professional purposes, please follow these guidelines: (1) Shoes – closed toe/closed heeled shoes are required for all mentors and volunteers. Example: boots, sturdy work shoes or tennis shoes. Avoid high heel shoes/boots, (2) Shorts – knee length and not tight, (3) Jewelry –avoid dangling jewelry or excessive piercing (safety issues), (4) Hair color – hair should be natural in nature; avoid dyed colors such as: blue, purple, red, pink, orange, etc., (5) Blue jeans – should be neat and professional. Avoid holes, large pockets, and splits, (6) Dress appropriate for weather conditions. Avoid clothes that restrict movement or that are baggy. Baggy clothes can get caught in equipment and are a safety issue, (7) Turn cell phones off or leave in your car. Your focus should be on those you are serving and/or the activities you are involved in at the ranch.
Attendance – Once you sign up to participate as a mentor or junior volunteer or general volunteer, you are committed to attend sessions for a term of no less than 3 months. Please notify the Volunteer Coordinator if you are unable to work your scheduled day and time, this allows us time to find a substitute. Those we serve at Hope Remains depend on you! Please remember to record all your hours in the log book provided for you at the ranch. Your time is very valuable to us.
How to get started:
Download our Mentor/Volunteer Application & Information forms and complete it. Once you’ve completed it, call us at (864) 249-3532 to schedule your appointment with our Volunteer Coordinator or you may email us at HopeRemains@Charter.net. Please call or email for more information about our organization and opportunities available where you can serve.
Mentor Training – required for all new mentors interested in working in the program with horses and students. Consists of a “classroom” style presentation and discussion, as well as hands-on learning in the barn. Upcoming training opportunities:
- Taking the Lead – Attendance is required for anyone handling horses in any capacity beginning August, 2017. All mentors/volunteers are encouraged to attend!
- Teamster Driving Volunteer Training: Seeking Hope Remains volunteers who want to learn how to harness a team of 2 horses, put a team to the wagon, be an effective volunteer in driving lessons, and what to do in an emergency situation. *Prerequisite – Mentor/Volunteer Training
Each mentor and volunteer is vital for the ongoing success of Hope Remains Ranch and the ultimate goal of partnering with our equine friends to provide an environment that enhances the quality of life for those we serve, by providing challenges, promoting independence and celebrating success. The mentors/volunteers that we celebrate on this page are shining examples of those who continue to give of themselves on behalf of Hope Remains and its programs.