AHEAD With Horses is a non-profit, developmental therapeutic riding program that specializes in working with children with multiple and severe disabilities, including autism. AWH’s mission is to:
Maximize potential of disabled/disadvantaged/special-needs children providing developmental therapy, education and recreation through horses and the environment, with measurable improvement physically, mentally, socially and/or emotionally resulting in increased self-sufficiency and the ability to lead better and more independent and productive lives capable of contributing to society.
AWH always needs volunteers!!! We take people that have never seen a live horse before to those that have been riding their whole life.
We normally have volunteers help us with our lessons by spotting (walking alongside the horse and helping the instructor and child) and leading horses. Other activities include: grooming, cleaning tack, maintaining the facility (raking leaves, picking up rocks, etc), helping with mailings when needed, etc.
If you are interested in helping with the children and horses, we have a quick orientation that is held every Saturday (except before major holidays when we are closed or rain) at 8:45am sharp at our facility at 10157 Johanna Ave, Shadow Hills, CA, 91040. You do not need to sign up for the orientation, simply be here on time. We do teach lessons on Saturdays, which begin at 9:00am. If you would like, you are more than welcome to stay and volunteer that day (till around 2:00-2:30pm).
Once you have come to one orientation, you do not need to attend it again. We do have volunteer opportunities at our mobile program site and during the week. More information about those days and times will be given at the orientation.
If you are between 12 and 18, please bring a parent or guardian with you to sign some paperwork. We do not take any volunteers that are under age 12.
Our dress code includes the following:
• Closed toe shoes with socks
• Long pants (no shorts)
• Shirt with sleeves (no tank tops), T-shirts are fine
We recommend if you plan on staying for the whole day to bring plenty of water. Saturdays, we do have a half-hour lunch break, and we recommend bringing a snack or sack lunch.
If you are completing required volunteer hours for school or club credit, we are happy to sign your paperwork.
If you have any questions, please call our office at (818) 767 – 6373 or check us out at: www.AWHLA.org
If you want to help AWH, but are more interested in volunteering with office stuff, such as filing, sorting, alphabetizing, grant researching, etc. please call the Office at (818) 767 – 6373 to discuss possibilities and times.
We hope to see you soon!!! THANK YOU!!!
Opportunities are ongoing. Saturdays - Wednesdays at Shadow Hills Location
Thursdays 1:00-5:00* (at Brentwood Location)
Fridays and other times by appointment
CLOSED Sundays and Mondays
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