Volunteer

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Thanks for your interest in volunteering with Oregon Horse Rescue! Volunteers play a very important role in non-profit work; We look forward to increasing engagement with our community through the development of this program.

We are in the process of kicking off our volunteer program. There are two ways to become involved as a volunteer— regular volunteer shifts or one-time group volunteering.

Regular volunteers are responsible, empathetic, and committed individuals who aren’t afraid to get dirty and work hard. Regular volunteers may pick from various afternoon and evening shifts two days a week. Shifts are chosen and assigned through our YourVolunteers platform (details below).

Interested volunteers who cannot commit to regular visits don’t have to miss out on the fun, either. By filling out our Volunteer Interest Form (below), your name will be added to our volunteer email list and you will be contacted when we have one-time group volunteer opportunities, such as fixing fences or helping with events. Please note that due to liability, we can only welcome volunteers who are 18 years of age or older at this time.

If you would like to become a volunteer with Oregon Horse Rescue in any capacity, please:

  1. Fill out the Volunteer Interest Form available on this page. This provides us with your basic contact information and helps us understand your interest and familiarity with horses.

  2. Submit a signed release form. To assure the safety of both horses and volunteers, all volunteers should download, sign, and return our Volunteer Release form. Please send these digitally to ohr.programs@gmail.com, or you can print and mail your release to our office address.

    Regular Volunteers should also:

  3. Attend a group equine safety orientation. We host these on the last Saturday of the month and you must sign up in advance by emailing Lea or expressing interest on YourVolunteers. ***Please Note: Select the orientation date that you wish to attend using the “schedule shifts” function on YourVolunteers. Shift requests will be approved online by OHR.

    Next orientation dates: Jan. 26th from 2-3 pm & Feb. 23rd from 1-2 pm

  4. Register as an OHR volunteer on YourVolunteers. YourVolunteers will show available shift dates and times and will allow you to request and be assigned shifts based on type (orientation, grooming, barn chores, etc.) Sign up using this link or by clicking the button below. At this time, please only add orientation shifts—regular shifts will be available starting in February to volunteers who have completed orientation.

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Volunteer Interest Form

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Frequently Asked Questions About Volunteering: 

Q) How Should I Dress? 

  • Please wear closed-toed shoes (boots, tennis shoes, etc.)

  • Long pants are recommended

  • Avoid baggy clothing that may get caught on gate latches, tack, or otherwise problematic places

  • Sunscreen, hats, and work gloves may be useful during a volunteer shift

  • If you are under the age of 18, a FEI approved helmet is required while working with horses

Q) What kind of interaction can I have with the horses?

(Dependent on experience and approval)

  • Grooming

  • Bathing

  • Hand-walking and grazing

  • Lunging

  • Basic medical treatment

Q) What other projects can I help with for the horses?

  • Picking paddocks, dragging arena

  • Removing rocks from turnouts

  • Cleaning and filling water buckets and troughs

  • Fixing fences

  • Farm cleanup and organization

  • Stacking hay bales and filling grain bins

  • Garbage removal

Q)  How can I help if I'm not interested in interacting with the horses? 

  • Provide farm labor for non-specialized projects

  • Organize or work an event

  • Volunteer a service or skill

  • Donate an item for auction

  • Host a fundraiser

  • Solicit in-kind donations and discounts

  • Look for “non-scheduled shifts” on YourVolunteers

  • Spread the word about our org!

 

 

Volunteer Calendar:
(please visit YourVolunteers to sign up for a volunteer opportunity)