Looking for a place where you will be appreciated and make a huge difference? You’ve found it.

Volunteering is a work of heart and we thank you for it! Your support – whether independently, through a work-sponsored day of caring, or at one of our special events – helps makes equine-assisted physical and occupational therapy treatments possible for Central kiddos with special needs.

Ready to join the Children’s TherAplay family of volunteers?

Contact Audrey for more information at anajjar@childrenstheraplay.org 

Download the Volunteer Flyer

  • Year-Round Opportunities

    Did you know TherAplay needs 6-8 volunteers daily?

    We have many opportunities for you and/or your group to make a difference! 

    What TherAplay Volunteers Do: 

    • Sidewalking: Walk alongside the horse during a therapy session to stabilize and ensure client safety.
    • Events: Help with planning, set-up, or tear-down at our special events throughout the year!  

    Come One, Come All! 

    • Individuals: Attend a volunteer orientation to get trained. A minimum of one (1) hour per visit is required. 
    • Groups: We are able to accommodate groups throughout the year and around our special events. 
    • Companies: "Own a slot" with your co-workers! Set a date/time and frequency for you and your team to rotate coming in to serve. 

    Want to learn more?

    Download Our Volunteer Flyer

  • Special Event Opportunities

    Do you love events?

    We have many special events that need volunteer support throughout the year. If you see something that interests you, contact Katie

    • 500 Festival Princesses meet therapy horse Rocky at the #Horsepower500#Horsepower500 (May 2021 at Children’s TherAplay): Set-up and tear-down, welcome guests, man activity booths, sell t-shirts 
    • Golf Event (June 2021 at Wood Wind Golf Club): Come out and help with set-up, registration, taking pictures, or tear-down.
    • Sibling Camp (June 2021 at Children’s TherAplay): We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help organize the event, serve as group leaders / camp counselors, and oversee activity stations.​​​​​​​
    • Hoe-Down (September 2021 at Children’s TherAplay) : Set-up volunteers help hang banners, clean, set-up, and decorate. “Night of” volunteers assist with bartending (for those who have a bartender’s permit), registration and volunteer check-in, general clean-up, parking, live auction spotters, and directing traffic.   2018_Hoe_Down_TherAplay_12990
  • Program Parameters

    Wondering if volunteering at Children’s TherAplay is a good fit for you?


    • Age: Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and able to work independently without close supervision. 
    • Location: With the exception of a few special events and weekend projects, volunteering takes place on-site at Children’s TherAplay and during regular office hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Fridays. 
    • Equine experience: No previous experience needed, however if you are interested in sidewalking you must be comfortable walking alongside our horses in the arena.

    • Groups: We have space for a limited number of large groups but smaller groups of 5–10 adults are a better fit. Most group volunteering opportunities at Children’s TherAplay take place in the lead-up to our special events. 

    I'm ready to get started!

  • Get Started

    We're so glad you’d like to join the volunteer family! 

    Flowers planted by volunteersReady to get started as an ongoing volunteer?

    • Contact Audrey, our volunteer coordinator, to schedule your hour-long orientation.
    • Read through the volunteer packet
    • Once your orientation is complete, Audrey will send you the link to our easy online volunteer sign-up system, which is how you’ll sign up for your volunteer shifts. 
    • If you are interested in sidewalking with the kiddos during on-the-horse treatment time, you may schedule a time for sidewalker training. 

    All set?

    Contact Audrey at (317) 872-4166 x3814 or anajjar@childrenstheraplay.org.

Thank you for volunteering at Children’s TherAplay!

There are all kinds of ways to make a difference for the kiddos!

Here are a few of our favorites

Events Calendar


Golf Event

Each summer, we tee off at Wood Wind Golf Club for an afternoon of fresh air, fundraising, and fun on the links! Enjoy both traditional and concocted competitions, bourbon tasting, trivia, and more!

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Sibling Camp

In this special one-day camp for the brothers and sisters of Children's TherAplay kiddos, siblings (ages 4-12 years) will rotate through fun activities throughout the day including, arts and crafts, horseback riding (of course!), pony painting, and “working” in the barn. 

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Giddy up, y'all! Hoe-Down is a fabulous opportunity to don your favorite cowboy boots and give back at this Western-style event! Enjoy our legendary live and silent auction, live entertainment, delicious BBQ, top-shelf drinks, and more! 

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