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.
Anyone who has been through the barn on a Monday evening already knows Alayna. If not, she’s easy to spot. She is the 12 year old girl working side by side with her grandfather, Tom, and our barn staff to do the evening feeding, turn out, stalls and clean up. She has worked very hard to learn as much as possible from our staff about horse care. She was always a horse crazy little girl – no surprise there! However, it is much less common to find a young person so willing to put in all the work that goes along with that love! Alayna put in her volunteer application when she was 11, a year below our cutoff age. Within 10 days of her 12th birthday, she was back at our door, ready to work. In her time here, she fell in love with our mini, Neville (pictured above). Alayna is now the proud owner of Neville, and took him home just weeks ago. We are sure he will receive the best care with his wonderful new family.