How to Become a Volunteer

Love horses? Love kids? Looking for a way to give back and make a difference? Volunteer with us!

Volunteer Duties

Volunteer Policies

IMPORTANT: Please note the following and that additional policies, rules, and regulations apply to volunteers at Stockhands. Volunteering means you accept these rules and agree to comply with them.

Background Checks are Required: The Delaware County of Developmental Disabilities has mandated that we conduct background checks for all our employees and volunteers. Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 7991 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH 43035, 740.201.5866 |

Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities offers Background Checks by appointment during our regular business hours.

Volunteer Training

No experience? No problem! New Volunteer Training is on the second Saturday of each month, from 10am to Noon. We will train you in our procedures and guidelines for grooming, tacking, leading, side walking and other volunteer activities. 

Steps to Getting Started Volunteering

Check out our Facebook events page to RSVP for New Volunteer Training.

OR email 

Complete the paperwork ahead of time (no worries, we'll have some available the day of training)

V.I.P. - Volunteer Instructional Program

After a period of approximately 6 months as a dedicated, committed volunteer, you can be invited to join our VIP group. This group meets on the first or third Saturday each month for additional training and instruction. Sessions may include: 

We want to invest in our volunteers, we want you to love Stockhands as much as we do. So if you give us the commitment, we will commit to helping you learn as much as possible about our horses, our lessons programs and how we can better interact with our students and equine partners. 

Our Volunteers are pretty special. Below you'll find the stories of a few of our outstanding volunteers in fabulous videos made by another one of our amazing volunteers, Mike DeVenny ( 

Parent and Volunteer

Check out Melissa's story!

Stockhands wouldn't be Stockhands without Greg. 

Listen to his story!

Joyce is our 2021 Volunteer of the Year! She is an amazing lady, watch her story!