Volunteer at Equine Outreach
Volunteering..."The greatest reward is not what you get for your work, but what you become by it."
Equine Outreach is extremely grateful for the volunteers who make our mission possible by doing everything from daily ranch chores to writing grants. Our organization is run entirely by volunteers, so we rely solely our team of generous individuals for the care of our horses, maintenance of the facilities, and all of our administrative duties.
Interested in being part of our Volunteer team? Please join us at our next New Volunteer Orientation (see the yellow information box on this page for details). You will get a tour of the ranch, an overview of the tasks our volunteers do, and a chance to ask any questions you may have. Please arrive on time, bring signed copies of the Volunteer Handbook's signature pages, wear closed-toed footwear, and make sure you have read our ranch rules and polices.
> Read Ranch Rules and Policies (PDF)
Hours: Volunteers may work as often as their schedule allows. The ranch is open daily to the public from 9:00am - 5:00pm (10:00am - 4:00pm in winter), but volunteers with bandanas are welcome anytime during daylight hours or as needed for specific tasks.
Age Requirement: Those under 16 years of age must have adult supervision while volunteering.
Bandana System: In an effort to keep both volunteers and horses safe, we have established five volunteering levels, denoted by colored bandanas. All volunteers are required to visibly wear their bandanas while at the ranch for easy identification.
> Read about our Bandana System (PDF)
Horsemanship 101: Once new volunteers have spent some time getting to know the ranch operations, they will be given the opportunity to sign up for a short 1-2 hour course called Horsemanship 101 for a donation fee of $25. When they have satisfactorily completed this course, they will be able to have contact with the horses (e.g. picking pens, grooming, etc.).
Note: Funds generated from the Horsemanship classes are used to offset the cost of horse trainers who are not volunteers at Equine Outreach. All our volunteers are unpaid.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us. We hope you'll join our team!
New Volunteer Orientations:
Held every 3rd Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Calendar...
We meet at the big, blue building at the Equine Outreach Ranch, at 63220 Silvis Road, Bend, Oregon. Map...
No appointment needed. Orientation meetings take approximately 2 hours.
Before arriving, please be sure to:
Thank you, and we will see you soon!