Thank you for your interest in volunteering at NNNTRC. Without help from our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to bring this experience to our special students. With your continued time and support, we can grow and provide services to more and more students. No matter what your area of expertise, we can always use your help! No experience is required. We are looking for volunteers in the following areas:
Please complete a volunteer application packet and contact Becky Kostley by email or phone at 724-613-3312 x102 to set up your orientation interview. Minimum age to volunteer in the barn is 12. Minimum age to volunteer in lessons is 15. Volunteers ages 12-14 must co-volunteer with a parent or guardian. All volunteers ages 18 and over are required to submit a PA State Police Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance every 60 months, and FBI Criminal Background Check (FBI check only required if you've lived outside of PA in the past 10 years) prior to volunteering. Links to the websites to order clearances can be found in the right margin of our Clearance Requirements page. Please call or email Becky with any questions.
In September 2015, Miss Becky met Karen at the Find Your Fit Volunteer Fair at WCCC. Karen was looking for a way to donate her time, and thought she might like to help out at our facility. Her only concern was that she had no background with horses…zero, zilch, NONE! She came to her training session with an open heart and mind. Within weeks, she was a regular volunteer with the Western PA School for Blind Children classroom. When the class ended, Karen jumped right in to help with some of our private therapeutic riding lessons. She became so comfortable working with the horses that she also started helping out with feedings, turnout and barn chores! It just goes to show that you don’t have to have a certain background to fit in here. Karen has really broadened her volunteer role with us. This September, she came full circle, and manned the Nickers 'N Neighs booth with Miss Becky at the very same Find Your Fit Volunteer Fair. This time, however, she was sharing her volunteer experience at NNNTRC and encouraging others to do the same. Thanks, Karen!