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Chokolate 03-07-2014 02:43 AM

How to inquire about volunteering?
 
So this year we have to do a certain number of hours' volunteer work, as well as next year and the year after (the number is significantly higher after this year.) And I've always wanted to volunteer at a therapeutic centre, they seem like such a great idea.

I did some searching and found the PERFECT centre - it's close to me, I'm old enough for it, it doesn't even need any experience (even though I have some) so I'm not going to be doing anything I can't handle.

The problem is contacting them. I have no clue how to do it! They have a contact form on their website, so I'll use that, but what do I say? They seem pretty casual and 'welcome any enquiries from people interested in supporting our activities.' What should I include? I don't have to be formal, or anything like that, but I don't know what to say or how to say it, I've never done anything like this before. Help please?

Thanks a lot!

AprilLover123 03-07-2014 07:25 PM

Well does anyone you know work there you could ask them how that got in? If you don't have anyone you know there just ask what you will be doing and than tell them what you can do and than all you can do is wait. I am sorry that I cant help you more. I need help finding my own job so I can buy stuff for my horse.

DuckDodgers 03-07-2014 07:32 PM

I'd suggest picking up the phone and calling them. If it's anything like the one where I volunteered they are always looking for eager volunteers, so you'll almost certainly be welcomed. Call and express your interest, and ask when they will be holding a volunteer training session.

I also had to do community service hours in high school, and I completed most of them at a therapeutic riding center. They lady ran it/boarded at my barn, so getting involved was super simple for me. She was quite a bit nutty and somewhat hard to deal with, but it was still a very rewarding experience for me.

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Originally Posted by AprilLover123 (Post 4919921)
Well I wondering how do you get a job working with horses but I don't talk to people to much I am kind of shy. What should I do?:-)

Well that's kind of a different situation... Most therapeutic riding centers are very welcoming and encouraging of volunteer help. If you're looking for paid employment then the folks running the facility would probably quite a bit more selective of who they take on...

AprilLover123 03-07-2014 08:13 PM

Thanks well for your help but I don't know very many places I can work at but maybe I can work with horses at a place were I got my horse April. The thing is I don't think they are looking for help. Any suggestions? By the way nice cat i have 3.

Chokolate 03-07-2014 09:15 PM

Thanks to both of you! DD, yes my dad suggested calling as well but I wanted to do what they asked, using the form they provided, in case they were really busy when they called and I annoyed them or something :lol:. Maybe I should call them though...I suck on the phone...I don't know! Argh! Do I just ask if they'd like another volunteer and that I'm interested in helping them?

I'm definitely not looking for paid employment, just as a volunteer once a week or so.

DuckDodgers 03-07-2014 09:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Chokolate (Post 4920681)
Thanks to both of you! DD, yes my dad suggested calling as well but I wanted to do what they asked, using the form they provided, in case they were really busy when they called and I annoyed them or something :lol:. Maybe I should call them though...I suck on the phone...I don't know! Argh! Do I just ask if they'd like another volunteer and that I'm interested in helping them?

I'm definitely not looking for paid employment, just as a volunteer once a week or so.

Just say that you're a (I assume) high school student interested in volunteering once a week with her organization if they are in need of volunteers. Say that you have horse experience and think it would be a very rewarding thing for you and the riders. I get nervous talking to people on the phone too, but there's no reason to be nervous about this!

You can fill out the form, but I find that people generally take others more seriously over the phone.

DuckDodgers 03-07-2014 09:23 PM

Also, make sure that the organization is approved to count towards your service hours. Our therapeutic center was on a list of approved organizations for my school, and if you wanted to volunteer at a non-approved organization then you needed to jump through a few hoops to do so.

Chokolate 03-07-2014 09:28 PM

Thanks, I think I will call them after all. I don't think we have an approved list as such, but we do have to check with our year coordinator whether our service counts. For example, we're not allowed to volunteer at a preschool because it's not really helping out those in need, it's just fun to do. I feel sure that mine will count though, because it's a non-profit organisation for helping people. Even if it doesn't count, I want to do it anyway :)

AprilLover123 03-07-2014 11:24 PM

Hey old do you have to be to be able to get a job anyways I am assuming at least 13 years old. Well maybe younger if you really want to. Hey and know if million dollar mustaing is a good T.V show?

Chokolate 03-07-2014 11:34 PM

Here in Australia, you have to be over 14 for basically every official job, and normally businesses won't take you if you're under 15 or 16. You can do chores in your neighbourhood, baby/pet sit from whatever age you want. Never watched 'Mustang Million,' whatever that is.


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