Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center Serving all individuals with unique abilities and health needs

Volunteer Your Time

Ivy Hill’s therapeutic program runs 7 days a week, 50 weeks a year. Our Volunteers are the heart of Ivy Hill and work as a team with our instructors and staff to provide the best care and service to our riders, horses, facility and grounds. Giving time, talent and enthusiasm, our volunteers are part of the bond that is the Ivy Hill Family.

Without the dedication and hard work of our volunteers, our mission would not be possible.

We welcome all individuals and groups and all levels of experience in volunteering, and we have a variety of needs.  If you are looking for a life-changing opportunity to enrich your life and another’s hopes and dreams, we welcome you to complete form on this page.

What we look for:

  •  Volunteers should be able to work independently with minimal supervision
  •  Volunteering for horse care, lesson assistance or facility maintenance requires moderate physical activity. Please make sure you are comfortable with the level of work you choose.
  •  Assignment and schedules are based on experience, availability and area of interest. We ask for a consistent commitment to your schedules hours and days a week.
  •  Bring your work ethic, your commitment to service, your enthusiasm and sense of humor, and an open heart.

    Once we have processed your volunteer application and background checks, two training seminars are required (one hands-on, one classroom). 

    Because of insurance restrictions, volunteers must be at least 12 years old.  


     The 1st Wednesday of every month will be a classroom training 

     The 3rd Wednesday of every month will be a hands-on training 

     The 1st Saturday of every month will be a hands-on  training 

     The 3rd Saturday of every month will be a classroom training. 


All volunteers 18 and older are required by Pennsylvania State Act 153 to submit a criminal background check and child abuse clearance.

Clearances if over 18

Child Abuse Clearance (free for volunteers)  Click here for on-line form.

Criminal Background check (free for volunteers)  Click here for on-line form.

FBI Clearances (anyone who has lived outside of PA in the last 10 years) - please visit uenroll.identogo.com, using Service Code, Department of Human Services Volunteers 1KG6ZJ.   This will cover you any place that would be working in the Department of Human Services.  


Wish to volunteer to help at Summer Camp????  

If so, please find the information depending on your age below:

Volunteer information for those 12-14 years of age

Volunteer information for those 14 years old and over

All Ivy Hill volunteers should become familiar with the Volunteer Training Manual.


Stable Volunteer

  • Leading a horse in a lesson- horse handling
  • Sidewalking with a student
  • Grooming/ tacking a horse for a lesson
  • Stable chores/ horse care (feedings)
  • Facility maintenance and cleaning

Special Events

Assisting with the set-up and management of home horse shows and/or helping with the needs of the riders or horses during Special Olympic events or horse shows.


  • Fundraising
  • Public Relations (community outreach)
  • Volunteer Recruitment
  • Photography/Video
  • Board Member
  • Committee member
  • Budget and finance
  • Future planning
  • Newsletter