On-site - 55 ALLEN STREET, LEXINGTON, MA 02421
WHENThroughout the year
WHOSE HELP IS REQUIRED
Volunteers in programming must be at least 14 years of age, and completely independent. Training is provided
HOW IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
BINA Farm Center brings together individuals with and without special needs by offering a variety of inclusive enrichment programs that help them to both thrive personally and make their best contribution towards the communities in which they live. BINA provides a comprehensive therapeutic and recreational environment utilizing Equine-Assisted Services and Therapies, Vocational Training Programs and Creative and Complementary Therapies for children and adults with physical, developmental and emotional challenges. Some participants will need Sidewalkers to keep them physically safe, and/or on-task
Sidewalkers are vital to many of our lessons. They assist the horse leader and instructor in keeping the participant safe and engaged throughout their lesson.
Sidewalkers must be able to walk/jog and raise their arms (to stabilize a rider) for up to 30 minutes at a time.
All Volunteers must attend one of our monthly Volunteer orientations and Sidewalker training
To Volunteer in lessons, BINA Volunteers must be 14 years or older and able to work independently.
We are currently prioritizing our Volunteer Applications from candidates with extensive horse experience for our next few Orientations. You must have completed your Volunteer Application including paperwork to register to be considered for a Volunteer Orientation--please email us at Volunteer@binafarm.org to see if we have a spot open!
- Volunteer schedules their volunteer shifts after completing volunteer paperwork and portal application and attending orientation
- Volunteer arrives on the property for their volunteer shift 15 - 30 minutes before it starts to meet with instructor prior to participant's arrival
- Participant arrives and transitions to riding the horse after brushing and tacking horse
- Volunteer walks alongside the participant as they ride the horse to supply physical support, promptings for participant to remember what comes next, and/or morale boosts as appropriate and initiated by instructor