SIRE, Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian Centers, announces that it will be hosting a volunteer orientation on Wednesday, May 18, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at their sites in Hockley, Spring and Missouri City and a volunteer training on Saturday, May 21 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM at all of the same sites. The volunteer program is the backbone of SIRE, which includes approximately 25 horses and 160 riders each week, and without those people that generously give of their time, SIRE would cease to exist.
SIRE consists of over 400 volunteers each week, and each day about 20 volunteers are on site at each of our three SIRE sites. SIRE currently serve clients Monday through Saturday. SIRE asks that each volunteer be available for one hour per week, but if a volunteer cannot commit to a weekly schedule they are welcome to help with special events such as the Special Olympics, horse shows, and fundraisers.
Prior horse knowledge is not required to be a volunteer, but it is valuable. The riding sessions are divided into seven or eight-week sessions that coordinate with the public school system. SIRE depends on volunteers to help groom and tack horses, lead and sidewalk during lessons, help with basic barn work and horse care, and office work.
During the orientation session volunteers will receive a copy of the Volunteer Manual, learn about SIRE, what the volunteers do and take a tour. Anyone may volunteer, but a volunteering parent or guardian must accompany volunteers under the age of 14.
SIRE is a nonprofit organization that provide recreational and therapeutic riding instruction to people of all ages with varying developmental, physical, and psychological disabilities.
For more information on SIRE and to pre-register for the volunteer training, please visit www.SIRE-htec.org.