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 physical, occupational, and speech therapy treatments possible for Central kiddos with disabilities.

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

Contact Ellie Pruitt for more information

Download the Volunteer Flyer

View the Volunteer Orientation Materials

  • Year-Round Opportunities

    Did you know TherAplay needs 10 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 Ellie

    • 10A_393_2676095_276668746_4Horsepower (May 2024 at Children’s TherAplay): Set-up and tear-down, welcome guests, man activity booths, and sell t-shirts. 
    • Polo at Sunset (June 2024 at Hickory Hall Polo Club): Come out and help with set-up, sell wine from the wagon, assist with parking, VIP hospitality, and tear-down.
    • Golf Event (June 2024 at Wood Wind Golf Club): Come out and help with set-up, registration, taking pictures, or tear-down.
    • Sibling Camp (June 2024 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 2024 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.   2A9_31_2676095_3276116704_4
  • 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. Lilly Aviation Team 7.29.21
    • 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. 
  • 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 Elizabeth to schedule your hour-long orientation.
    • Read through the volunteer packet
    • Once your orientation is complete, Elizabeth 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 Elizabeth!

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