There are three ways to volunteer:

Programs

No horse experience necessary.  Need to attend a tour, complete background check, and attend an orientation.

Service Days

Email joy@theredbarn.org
for more info.

Intern

Email joy@theredbarn.org
for more info.

Volunteer Resources

“UAB Students in AED love coming to volunteer at red barn. They get to help out around the barn and learn about the different approaches and techniques used to help students reach their full potential.”
Callie, UAB

“My favorite part about being a summer intern is seeing the difference I make. Each student comes in with a smile, and often tells us that coming to the barn is their favorite day of the week! Without volunteers and summer interns, The Red Barn wouldn’t be able to serve the large community of children in need of therapeutic riding.” Abi, Intern and Volunteer

“Spending time with Zach and Dottie is an uplifting time for the team. They are so good for each other and Zach is always so thankful to Dottie. He makes sure after every ride to give her lots of love and affection. They are a great pair.” Becky, Volunteer & Donor

How you can get Involved:

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Volunteer in a Riding Lesson

Due to our accreditation requirements, volunteers must be at least 14 years old, but no previous horse experience is required.  All lesson volunteers must attend a training, pass an online test, pass two background checks, and attend a 3 hour orientation.  It may take a while to complete the process, but it's well worth it to ensure the safety of our students.  To help us ensure consistency for our students, we ask for a weekly one-hour commitment for the term, which is usually about 8-10 weeks.  

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Volunteer in a Camp

Due to our accreditation requirements, volunteers must be at least 14 years old, but no previous horse experience is required.  All volunteers must attend a training, pass an online test, pass two background checks, and attend a 3 hour orientation.  It may take a while to complete the process, but it's well worth it to ensure the safety of our students.  Camp volunteers do not have to make a weekly commitment.  We also welcome your special talents to help with art, music, outdoor education, and anything else that would make our camp great!

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Help with Barn Chores

Poop happens and we need your help to clean it up.  Plus, there are water buckets and troughs to clean, walls to dust, weeds to pull, and horses to groom.  Due to our accreditation requirements, volunteers must be at least 14 years old, but no previous horse experience is required.  All volunteers must attend a training, pass an online test, pass two background checks, and attend a 3 hour orientation.  It may take a while to complete the process, but it's well worth it to ensure the safety of our students.  

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Work Groups

Organize a work group to come help us care for the property, tack, stalls, and any other project that's going on.  Work groups are a great way to build teamwork within your own group, as well as helping us with projects that need to be completed.  Did you know that corporate volunteer programs allow employees to enhance teamwork, communication, project management, and people skills without high costs of professional skill-building courses?

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Help us Throw a Party!

We love a great party, especially when there's food involved!  Come help us organize special events to raise funds for our programs, show appreciation to our donors, honor veterans, or just for whatever excuse we can come up with.  In the summer we have our Kentucky Derby Party and Wine Dinner.  In June we've got a 10K Race and an event honoring Vietnam Veterans.  In the fall we have Bluegrass and Burgers, and over the holidays we'll have our year end campaign.  We need your help to make these possible!

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Organize a Supply Drive

Our budget is really tight so we love it when our volunteers organize supply drives for us to collect necessary items like toilet paper, paper towels, stamps, copy paper, printer ink, bottled water, snacks, baby wipes, post-it notes, pens, pencils, crayons, and lots of other items.  Check out our Amazon wishlist to learn more.  This is a great way for younger children to develop leadership and organizational skills.

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Become an Intern

We love working with interns and giving them an opportunity to put the theory they've learned into practice.  Interns may be high school students over 14 years old, college students, or anyone looking for a career in equine therapy or working in nonprofits.  We've had interns from UAB, University of Alabama, Auburn University, Mississippi State, University of Tennessee, Belmont University, University of South Alabama, William Woods University, and many local high schools.  Use the form below to contact us for more information about becoming an intern.

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