Hope Reins is having a volunteer round-up Thursday, March 8, from 6-8 p.m., at Christ Community Fellowship Hall, Brazil.
According to Founder and Director Donna Jones, the organization is looking for three types of volunteers:
* People familiar with horses to be horse-handlers under the supervision of the staff,
* People who have a heart for children to be mentors, and
* People who have a heart for serving to do jobs such as cleaning barns, cleaning tact, painting fences or doing paperwork.
During the open house Thursday, those interested are welcome to come look through pictures and watch videos from previous summers, enjoy refreshments, receive a packet of information about the organization and volunteering and ask staff and current volunteers questions.
Hope Reins was created to provide a healing environment for young people between the ages of 7-18 as they are given an opportunity to interact with horses.
"This is a Christian organization, so we're basically sharing our horses with kids in the community in a Christian environment," Jones said. "We create a peaceful environment that allows for a kid to be a kid in a safe place."
The program is set up for each child to spend time with one mentor and one horse during one-hour sessions between June and September.
According to the organization's website, while learning about and building a relationship with a horse, children may gain confidence, respect, trust and leadership skills within themselves.
The program, which is completely free to participants, serves children by providing hope and encouragement and offering the chance to experience the care and concern of a mentor and the unconditional love of a horse.
"For me, it's an opportunity to share our horses with those who wouldn't be able to spend time with horses," Jones said. "That's where my heart is. I know how much it means to my family to have our horses, and I want other kids to get that experience."
Each person's horse experience is personally tailored to fit the need of the specific person by the attention of a qualified Hope Reins' volunteer or staff member.
Hope Reins plans to have an open house in May where parents can fill out release forms and schedule sessions for their children.
"How many kids we can see this summer completely depends on how many volunteers we have," Jones said.
For more information, visit http://hopereins.org.