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? Check out the tabs below to get started

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  • Year-Round Opportunities

    Did you know TherAplay needs 6-8 volunteers daily?

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

    What TherAplay Volunteers Do: 

    • Sidewalking: Walk alongside the horse during a therapy session to stabilize and ensure client safety.
    • Office Support: Get involved with our admin team scanning documents, doing data entry, filing and more! 
    • 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 6, 2019 at Children’s TherAplay): Set-up and tear-down, welcome guests, man activity booths, sell t-shirts 
       
    • Golf Event (June 20, 2019 at Wood Wind Golf Club in Carmel): Come out and help with set-up, registration, taking pictures, or tear-down.
       
    • Sibling Camp (June 7, 2019 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 21, 2019 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 Katie, our volunteer coordinator, to schedule your hour-long orientation.
    • Read through the volunteer packet
    • Once your orientation is complete, Katie 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 Katie at (317) 872-4166 x4600 or kstratman@childrenstheraplay.org 

I wish Bridget did not have heart defects, feeding issues, or physical deficits. ... [But] I am thankful that her path led us to Children’s TherAplay, where we’ve learned to find love in this unexpected journey.
– Bridget’s mother, Beth

Meet some of Bridget's kiddo colleagues
Bridget and FairyTale nuzzle

Success Story: Meet Kiddo Bridget

A few months ago my husband and I watched Maxwell walk into his school on his first day of preschool without his walker. Today he is walking independently almost 100% of the time.
– Maxwell's mother, Jenna

Meet the Kiddos

Success Story: Meet Maxwell

I was just asked by another mother last night at a gathering, "Does Leo go to Children's TherAplay?"
I said, "Absolutely! Are you considering it? Because you should.”
– Leo’s mother, Laura

Learn more about Leo in this video

Success Story: Meet Leo

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