VOLUNTEER

Help Promise Ranch Grow! Come and Volunteer!

Promise Ranch Therapies & Recreation relies on the participation of dedicated volunteers to help facilitate daily lessons in a safe and supportive environment. Each of our riders requires the assistance of 1 to 3 volunteers in order to achieve their goals.

In addition to lesson/therapy session volunteers, we need people to work “behind the scenes” helping with facility maintenance, fundraising, marketing, volunteer recruitment and coordination, office management, and other vital operations. If you’d like to be part of our “behind the scenes” team, please send inquiry to volunteer@prtr.org

Please note, the minimum age for volunteering at Promise Ranch is 16 years old.

VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIALS

Here’s what Susi Morrison has to say about her experience …. “I spent my childhood in Evergreen, CO and it was there that we had our first horse. Belle was a beautiful buckskin Quarter horse mare, and had such a gentle soul! We rode her in Gymkhanas for 4-H, the annual Evergreen Rodeo Parade and the Grand Entry at the Rodeo itself. I’ve lived in Parker with my husband and daughters since 1998 and previously volunteered at Praying Hands Ranch. After a little hiatus, I missed being around horses, so luckily discovered Promise Ranch and began volunteering again in 2018. I currently work as a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Nutrition Coach, so I enjoy working with the clients and their horses, and getting to witness the huge physical and psychological benefits that therapy riding brings. It’s right up my alley since I come from a Health and Wellness background! Lastly, Promise Ranch is a special place and I’m glad to be able to contribute a small part to its success.”

Betsy Goltermann shares her experience as volunteer … “My husband and I moved to Castle Rock in February, after living in Chicago for most of our lives. I was a volunteer for 19 years at a Forest Preserve lesson barn where we cared for 26 horses and riders. I needed to find a barn where I could get my ‘horse fix’ and help people. Promise Ranch is just that spot. I have fallen in love with the horses, volunteers, staff and clients. Thank you for welcoming me to the Promise Ranch family!”

Kate Testerman writes, “I first discovered PRTR this summer after driving past it on my way home from a hike with my family at Castlewood Canyon State Park. I was thrilled to immediately be able to join a volunteer training and start working as a Side Walker and now Horse Leader with the fabulous clients, therapists, and amazing horses at PRTR. In this challenging year, having my weekly commitment to PRTR keeps me grounded, and being able to help others is gratifying in more ways than one. I love getting to spend time with the horses, and I’m learning more about their care, which is proving useful as I’ve been taking lessons and working on my own riding skills.”

Michelle Nunez tells us about her experience at the ranch: “Growing up in Texas, I’ve always been comfortable around horses, but did not start working with them until my senior year in high school, which I spent volunteering with a hippotherapy program not far from my home. When I headed off to college, I was fortunate enough to learn to show both English and Western but following graduation, life intervened. For the next twenty years I served in the Air Force and raised a family, hoping some day to get back to working with horses. When I retired from the Air Force last year, I unexpectedly found myself adrift without purpose, and the hole in my heart got even larger when my mom unexpectedly passed away a short time later. But this was the push I needed, and volunteering at Promise Ranch was exactly what I was looking for to help mend my own soul. For the last 15 months I have been coming to the Ranch, and working with the horses has been just as therapeutic for me as it is our clients. The calmness I see in their faces when they ride is the peace I am finding in my own heart, and I look forward to seeing them and the therapists each week as much as I look forward to working around the horses. Thank you, Promise Ranch, for helping me find a sense of purpose and belonging again, and continue to serve in a way that not only allows me to work with horses, but lets me help others experience the peacefulness that comes with horsemanship as well.”

Steve Murphy shares his experience: “I love Promise Ranch! It provides my weekly source of goodness. I’ve been volunteering for over five years now and it is rewarding in so many ways. Over the years I’ve built bonds with parents, kids, and other volunteers, so it’s is like a second family to me.  I also like it because I get to meet people of all ages and backgrounds. 

Most of all, I know I’m helping people, so it’s a win-win situation for me, and I hope to continue serving here for many more years.”

“Hi! My name is Elli Brownfield and I am a sophomore at Ponderosa high school and a level 10 gymnast at Colorado Gymnastics Institute. I came to Promise Ranch in early October and have enjoyed every second I have been here! I had originally started volunteering here when I was younger with my mom at the previous location and finally turned old enough to volunteer here on my own in October. What I love most about Promise Ranch is all the amazing people and horses! It is so fun to be around horses and truly awesome people every time I come here. It is the best feeling knowing that you are making a client’s day and seeing how happy they are being on or around the horses!”