Temple Grandin Equine Center Seeking Volunteers

Submitted by Darcy Epeneter

Metro Denver

Denver

The Temple Grandin Equine Center is looking for Senior and Ambassador level Girl Scouts who are interested in volunteering with our equine assisted physical and occupational therapy programs. We have two main volunteer positions: leaders and side walkers. Leaders are responsible for leading horses and taking instruction from therapists during sessions. Side walkers assist our clients (also under therapist direction.) This includes helping a client with mounting, balancing, or playing games (yes, we play loads of games on horseback with our clients!) A typical session runs 50 minutes and we are open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. There are additional opportunities for those interested in learning equine healthcare and barn maintenance. These typically happen daily between 6-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.

This is an excellent opportunity for any Girl Scout looking to earn a badge (let us know how we can help with the requirements) or anyone looking to fulfill volunteer hours or projects for their Bronze, Silver, or Gold Awards. They do not need horse experience- we will train them! All they need is close-toed shoes, a cheerful attitude, and a passion for making a difference in someone’s life. Volunteer orientations are every other Friday from 12-2 p.m., but we are happy to schedule a private orientation. We are a growing program, so this is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in an equine-assisted therapy career!

Learn more: https://tgec.agsci.colostate.edu

To sign up for a volunteer training session, or for any inquiries, please email Debbie Mogor at debbie.mogor@colostate.edu.

You may email me, as well:
depenete@colostate.edu

I was a Girl Scout from age five until I turned 18. I took my first step towards leadership when I was 13-years-old by attending the counselor in training programs at Camp Sherman in Southern California. I earned my Bronze and Silver Awards, and worked on my Gold Award. Unfortunately, my parents moved overseas and I wasn’t able to finish this achievement, but I’m still proud of the effort it took!

Girl Scouts taught me how to communicate with local professionals in my area and take my career into my own hands. I spent my high school career in an independent study environment that allowed me to approach equestrian professionals in my area and show them why they needed my help in exchange for private training to prepare me for college. I used these skills in my first years of college to obtain internships with trauma-informed Equine Assisted Psychotherapy programs in Northern California.

Currently, I’m a Psychology Major at Metropolitan State University. I work for the Temple Grandin Equine Center in Denver, which is a nonprofit directed by Colorado State University. We provide Equine Assisted Therapy services ranging from physical/occupational therapy; adaptive/therapeutic riding; and equine assisted psychotherapy. I started as a volunteer, and was later hired as volunteer coordinator/weekend health maintenance.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

One thought on “Temple Grandin Equine Center Seeking Volunteers”

  1. sounds so cool! I got excited when i saw CSU but then saw denver. If it had been fort collins definitely would have had girls interested. what a very cool opportunity!

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