“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s
compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another.”
– Erma Bombeck
Volunteers are very special people! They come from all walks of life. They may be retired or still working in careers outside of Ryerss. They come to Ryerss because they love the horses. Volunteers come in all ages, shapes and sizes! They offer their talents, their ideas, and many times work tirelessly “above and beyond the call of duty” to see a job to the end.
“The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering: Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good.” ~ Ivan Scheier
How much time does a volunteer need to give?
There are a few volunteers who come and help several times a week, faithfully, all year long. There are several volunteers who are able to give us one or two days a week, and many who can offer to be here at least twice a month. All are valuable and appreciated for the time they are willing to give!
“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” ~ Elizabeth Andrew
What sort of tasks do Ryerss volunteers do?
Ryerss Farm uses its volunteers for many different tasks. Some volunteer in the administrative office and gift shop doing work on the mailing lists, selling items in the shop, making some of the hand-crafted items we sell, answering phones and doing general office duties.
Other volunteers work in the barn and outdoor areas doing things such as: cleaning and mucking stalls, spreading straw, lime, shavings and hay in stalls, cleaning and filling water pails and troughs, cleaning feed buckets, cob-webbing, re-placing salt licks, painting stall numbers, painting gates and other barn areas, cleaning and sweeping, filling feed buckets, grooming horses, bringing horses in and turning out of the barn, gardening, giving tours, decorating the barn for holiday events and helping with those events (i.e., Open House in December, Yard Sale and Blessing of the Animals).
This may be an incomplete list, but know that everything at Ryerss is done with the welfare of the horses in mind. After all, our mission statement is “The care and shelter of aged and abused horses,” and that is our ultimate goal.
Volunteers don’t just do the work ~ they make it work. – Carol Pettit
I have no experience around horses. Can I still become a Ryerss volunteer?
It is not necessary to have experience with horses, only to love them! There are many chores to be done around Ryerss Farm that do not involve direct contact with the horses (see list above). If you eventually would like to do more hands-on work with our horses, this is possible as you gain experience and training from our helpful and capable staff and fellow volunteers.
“Volunteers are seldom paid; not because they are worthless, but because they are PRICELESS! ” ~ Author Unknown
How can I become a Ryerss volunteer?
The first step is to fill out a Volunteer Application and submit it to our office. For your convenience, you can download and print a PDF copy of the VolunteerApplication & Rules: VolunteerApplicationPacket2015 . Please read the Rules & Regulations, fill out both forms, sign, and return them to Ryerss in any of the following ways: Return it in person or by postal mail to Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines, 1710 Ridge Road, Pottstown, PA 19465-8806, Attention: Gayle Mower; fax it to us at 610-469-0537; or scan it and e-mail it to Ryerssfarm@verizon.net. Please note that you must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.
Once your application is reviewed by our office, you will get a call from Ryerss to set up an appointment for an interview. If you are accepted as a volunteer, you will be contacted about when to begin.
“Volunteers [are] a precious resource we can not afford to lose.” ~ Denise Penn
Ryerss Farm and all our wonderful horses need YOU and your own unique gifts! Please consider becoming a Ryerss Volunteer. DO IT TODAY! Your efforts will be rewarded many times over by the joy and personal fulfillment that comes with knowing that you are making a difference and helping a cause that you consider worthwhile!
“…The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
“…Some of the richest people in the world are not millionaires, they are volunteers.” ~ Anonymous
“I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.” ~ Lily Tomlin
“A volunteer is a person whose charity is fidelity, who is faithful in an unfaithful world, grateful in an ungrateful world, giving when all about are grasping, listening when others need to tell about their fears and problems.” ~ from The Beacon newsletter, South Africa
“The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers.” ~Terri Guillemets
“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” ~ Albert Pike
“Throughout my life, I’ve seen the difference that volunteering efforts can make in people’s lives. I know the personal value of service as a local volunteer.” ~ Jimmy Carter
“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve….You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“You will find, as you look back upon your life, that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.” ~ Henry Drummond
CHECK OUT OUR “VOLUNTEER PROFILE” PAGE
on which we periodically post a profile of one of our loyal volunteers.