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We have a unique, engaging and rewarding volunteer program that provides our volunteers not only with a sense of accomplishment and pride but with a fun point system of awards they can earn with a fun filled Pizza Party at the end of each quarter held for all our volunteers!
Our program fulfills court ordered hours, diversion programs, individuals, community and school volunteer hours. Our award program is set up as follows:
Please note: We are not able to mail awards due to the high cost of postage. Please plan to attend the quarterly volunteer PIZZA PARTY day to receive all items earned for your service.
NEXT PIZZA PARTY AND MERIT AWARDS: (TBA) Additional dates for the year to be scheduled as needed: The time will be 3PM for all dates!
Additional dates for the year to be scheduled as needed:
The time will be 3PM for all dates!
OUR FIRST VOLUNTEER MERIT PROGRAM GET TOGETHER WAS A BIG SUCCESS!! SOME OF OUR FIRST MERIT PROGRAM RECIPIENTS ARE SHOWN BELOW. WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS!
Victoria Travaglia~60 Hours; Joshua Lasley-100 Hours; Jennifer Ferguson~85.5 Hours
Crystal Giroux and Grandpa Don
F.R.I.E.N.D.S., Inc. is a non-profit SPONSOR-A-HORSE program. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. rescues EIA (Equine Infectious Anemia) positive horses throughout Florida, which would otherwise be destroyed. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. also rescues EIA negative horses in need in Broward county. For information and to schedule a time to come out to the ranch for our Sponsor-A-Horse Program please contact Debbie Barwick at firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information you can also contact us at email@example.com or 954-492-0168 We look forward to hearing from you and encourage you to join us in helping the horses in any way you can! All non-member visits not related to volunteer orientations, must be arranged by appointment only!
For information and to schedule a time to come out to the ranch for our Sponsor-A-Horse Program please contact Debbie Barwick at firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information you can also contact us at email@example.com or 954-492-0168
We look forward to hearing from you and encourage you to join us in helping the horses in any way you can! All non-member visits not related to volunteer orientations, must be arranged by appointment only!
VOLUNTEER PROGRAM: During the orientation you will learn what to wear, how to help, appropriate and inappropriate behavior at the ranch, what is and what is NOT allowed, safety issues, a little bit about our history, hours of operation and the jobs and tasks you will be assigned. In addition, we will be providing basic horse info with weekly handouts to educate and inform you about these beautiful animals.
We also need help with the feeding of the horses. The feeding starts early in the mornings and is usually completed by noon. The feeding volunteers must contact Debbie Barwick firstname.lastname@example.org for information on available feeding opportunities.
We always need help with stall cleaning on Saturdays and Sundays. If Tuesdays or Thursdays are better days for you to volunteer, we also have a critical need on those days for watering and stall cleaning. You will receive the volunteer packet and all needed information regarding the volunteer program and your assignment to specific tasks that are compatible with your needs and schedule at the time of your orientation. We welcome children 6-11 accompanied by parents to participate. Children 12 and older may stay at the ranch without parental supervision.Please consider volunteering for, donating to, or sponsoring one of our beautiful horses today! Thank you ! Skills Required: 1) willingness to work hard 2) willingness to learn or help 3) love of animals and/or horses Requirements: If volunteer is under 18 he or she must have a parent or guardian accompany them into the facility the first visit so we can properly validate the consent signature. Thank you!
1) willingness to work hard
2) willingness to learn or help
3) love of animals and/or horses
If volunteer is under 18 he or she must have a parent or guardian accompany them into the facility the first visit so we can properly validate the consent signature. Thank you!
SOME OF THE CHORES DONE AT THE RANCH INCLUDE:
FAQ's for F.R.I.E.N.D.S. VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
What should I wear?
Please wear old clothes and shoes to the ranch as it can get muddy or dusty depending on the weather. Wear clothes appropriate to ranch type work. We have raccoons that have been known to "borrow" items such as keys, cameras, cell phones etc. so please wear clothing with pockets so that you can keep these items on your person.
What should I NOT wear?
Do not wear tight fitting clothes or other clothing inappropriate to physical work. No "short shorts" on young women or "sagging" pants revealing underwear on young men. Volunteering at the ranch is not the time to be "stylin."
What should I bring?
Please bring water or other hydrating fluids to avoid dehydration. Powerade and Gatorade are excellent as they replace electrolytes as well as fluids. A snack or other food is encouraged if you will be out at the ranch long enough to work up an appetite as there is no food or drink (other than water) provided at the ranch. Sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended as the Florida sun can be brutal and you will be outdoors for the entire time. We also encourage you to bring a good attitude and a willingness to work and be helpful.
What should I NOT bring?
Do not bring headphones / earphones and the items that they plug into as it is a hazard to not be able to hear a warning if needed and given by the ranch staff. Please do not bring a rude or lazy attitude with you to the ranch. Use common sense, if it is not going to be helpful to your volunteer efforts, leave it at home!
MERIT PROGRAM: In addition to the basic volunteer orientation, we have a MERIT PROGRAM where depending on your hours of service, volunteers earn gifts of appreciation! The volunteers earn a bracelet for the first day, a certificate for 20 hours of participation. 40 hours earns a medallion; 60 hours a FRIENDS T-shirt; 80 hours earns a 30 minute scheduled horse ride in the ring; 100 hours is a "surprise"! In addition to the above gifts, every quarter we will hold a "PIZZA PARTY" where all volunteers are invited to attend for a day of fun!
"HANDS ON BROWARD" aka HOB Click Here formally known as VOLUNTEER BROWARD PROGRAM:
Many of our volunteers sign up through this program! Please be sure to obtain the 3 release forms from our website and to sign and bring them with you!CLICK HERE for download forms.
VOLUNTEER MATCH PROGRAM: Click Here
IF YOU ARE SIGNING UP THROUGH VOLUNTEER MATCH YOU SHOULD RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL.CLICK HERE for download forms. FILL THEM OUT PRIOR TO YOUR VISIT AND SIMPLY BRING THEM WITH YOU WHEN YOU COME TO THE RANCH YOUR FIRST TIME. REMEMBER.... IF YOU ARE UNDER 18, YOU MUST HAVE A PARENT/GUARDIAN ENTER OUR FACILITY WITH YOU THE FIRST TIME IN ORDER TO AUTHORIZE THE SIGNATURE! THANK YOU!
If you are not signing up through an agency to volunteer, simply come to the ranch for the orientation of your choice and CLICK HERE to download, print and fill out the required forms to bring with you. Very easy! Thatĺs all you do to get you started! If you are under 18 you must have your parent or guardian sign. YOUR PARENT OR GUARDIAN MUST ACCOMPANY YOU INTO THE FACILITY THE FIRST VISIT SO WE MAY PROPERLY AUTHORIZE YOUR PARTICIPATION. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR PARENT OR GUARDIAN HAS ACCEPTABLE FLORIDA ID SUCH AS A DRIVER'S LICENSE in order to comply with this requirement.
SPONSOR-A-HORSE PROGRAM: We can also provide information about our SPONSOR-A-HORSE program. This program provides the opportunity to have your very own horse to love, care for and ride for a very reasonable monthly donation. We also have corporate sponsorships! If you are interested, contact Debbie Barwick at email@example.com for additional questions regarding this program.
Are you interested in our "SPONSOR AND RIDE" PROGRAM? Just click on the horse....IF YOU CAN CATCH HIM and it will take you to see the horses available and waiting for you now!!
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