Volunteer

Volunteering at Mitey Riders is much more than donating ones time and service – it requires a willingness to be an active part of a larger community a team that is vital to our continued success. Whatever your experience, your willingness to give yourself and your time, talents and energy is what is needed to support the people we serve. Volunteers are the backbone of our program. Without them our riders simply could not ride!

Getting Started

So, you want to volunteer? Welcome! Thank you so much for your interest in our program. Here are the steps on how you can get started:

  1. Read through our web site, learn about what we do, and the kids we do it for. Make sure this is the right place for you!
  2. Download our Volunteer Application Form.
  3. Fill out this form completely, and mail it or fax it to our farm:
    Misty Meadows Mitey Riders
    Attn: Volunteer Applications
    455 Providence Road South
    Waxhaw, NC 28173
    Fax: 704.814.6627
  4. Upon receipt of your form, we will contact you to set up a time to attend one of our Volunteer Safety Training Orientations. Be sure to check your schedule as to the days/times you plan to volunteer with the program.
  5. Upon completion of your Safety Orientation, you will be contacted by one of our Volunteer Coordinators who will help you with your first day.
  6. Plan and arrive on your first day of volunteering and have fun!

Volunteer Application

Getting Started

So, you want to volunteer? Welcome! Thank you so much for your interest in our program. Here are the steps on how you can get started:

  1. Read through our web site, learn about what we do, and the kids we do it for. Make sure this is the right place for you!
  2. Download our Volunteer Application Form.
  3. Fill out this form completely, and mail it or fax it to our farm:
    Misty Meadows Mitey Riders
    Attn: Volunteer Applications
    455 Providence Road South
    Waxhaw, NC 28173
    Fax: 704.814.6627
  4. Upon receipt of your form, we will contact you to set up a time to attend one of our Volunteer Safety Training Orientations. Be sure to check your schedule as to the days/times you plan to volunteer with the program.
  5. Upon completion of your Safety Orientation, you will be contacted by one of our Volunteer Coordinators who will help you with your first day.
  6. Plan and arrive on your first day of volunteering and have fun!
Volunteer Guidelines

Volunteer Guidelines

General Volunteer Guidelines
  • Must be at least 15 years of age
  • Volunteering involves moderate physical activity. Make sure you are comfortable with the physicality of the role you have selected
  • Volunteers do not need to have previous horse experience but a level of comfort with horses is necessary
  • Volunteers must be available a minimum of 1 hour per week (same day and time each week)
  • ALL  volunteers are required attending a Volunteer Orientation and Training session
  • ALL volunteers wanting to be leaders or work in the barn must attend Leader/Barn Training once a year
  • Mitey Riders reserves the right to make the final determination as to the appropriateness of volunteers for our organization
  • Mitey Riders does enforce a dress code to ensure the ability of volunteers to perform in their roles as well as to set examples for our riders.
Horse Leaders and Sidewalkers Guidelines:
  • Leaders must be at least 16 years of age
  • LEADERS are responsible for the horse at all times while leading. (During mount and dismount, and during the lesson)
  • SIDEWALKERS are responsible for the stability and safety of the rider while mounted at all times (Generally walking beside the rider to provide stability assistance as needed and may assist with mount and dismount if required)
  • Time commitment is 1 and a half hours per week for the length of the session
  • Arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to class
  • When you’re in the arena, the instructor is in charge
  • If you have suggestions or ideas, talk with the class Instructor or Volunteer Coordinator
  • Return all equipment used to its place
  • Keep talking to a minimum this lets you and others listen and pay attention to the Instructor’s directions
  • When in doubt, ask!
Dress Code Guidelines:
  • Hard-soled shoes with a low heel are preferred but sneakers with heavy tread are OK
  • Shoes must be tied securely
  • Open-toed shoes, sandals, and slip-on shoes are not permitted
  • Dress appropriate for the Weather; dressing in layers is often a good choice
  • No tops with spaghetti straps/shelf bras. Proper undergarments must be worn and tank tops must have thick straps and cannot be too low in the front.
  • Shirts must cover your stomach/back.
  • No t-shirts with beer/alcohol/drug references or foul language.
  • Shorts must be at mid-thigh or longer (No skirts please!)
  • Please no perfume or colognes
  • Please no dangling jewelry

Consistency is extremely important in keeping our programs progressive and running smoothly. Every volunteer is encouraged to have a regular schedule for the length of the session in the day(s) and hour(s) they volunteer. As dependability is essential, be sure to contact the Volunteer Coordinator as soon as you are aware of any circumstances that will delay/keep you from your scheduled lesson time(s).

Safety Training

Safety Training

Every year, all volunteers – new, returning, parents and instructors – are required to complete a Safety Training Orientation in order to work with the riders in the program. Each training session is approximately 90 minutes long and will provide an update on policies, schedules, horses and riders for the coming year. For those volunteers who are interested in being a LEADER or working in the BARN, an additional training session must be completed. See the list of upcoming Safety Training Orientations below and RSVP today!

Safety Training Dates
  • Dates are announced in the summer and are usually held the second half of August.
  • Leader and Barn training will immediately follow each of these training sessions.

Safety Training is required EVERY YEAR and for every indi­vid­ual (par­ent, vol­un­teer and staff alike) in order for our pro­gram to main­tain PATH Intl. Premier Center sta­tus. Addi­tional Safety Training Sessions may be held through­out the sea­son depending on need, however we prefer ALL volunteers attend the above Safety Training dates if possible. Thank you for your coop­er­a­tion.

RSVP by email to ridewithus@miteyriders. org, or call 704.841.0602.

Join our Volunteers

Become part of the wonderful community of volunteers that support our program.

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Current Safety Training Dates:

August XX, 2019

August XX, 2019

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