Volunteer Opportunities

Many of our students require a horse leader and side-walkers to support them throughout their lessons. You can commit to a weekly time-slot, and get to know the student and the horse and experience their progress. Amidst the lesson and laughter, you will witness transformational change in the students and don’t be surprised if you realize that you are positively changing as well!

Without help from our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to bring this experience to our special students. With your continued time and support, we can grow and provide services to more and more students. No matter what your area of expertise, we can always use your help! No experience is required.

  • Side walking with students
  • Leading horses in lessons
  • Facility repairs / Grounds
  • Barn Chores
  • Special Events
  • Fundraising / Grant writing
  • Public Relations / Marketing
  • Photography / Video / Newsletter
  • Volunteer recruitment
  • Budget and finance
  • Future planning

Volunteer Information

Minimum age to volunteer in the barn is 12. Minimum age to volunteer in lessons is 15. Volunteers ages 12-14 must co-volunteer with a parent or guardian. All volunteers ages 18 and over are required to submit a PA State Police Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance every 60 months, and FBI Criminal Background Check (FBI check only required if you’ve lived outside of PA in the past 10 years) prior to volunteering.

On December 31, 2014, the Commonwealth of PA passed new laws governing those who volunteer with or in close proximity to minors. Due to the stringent new clearance requirements, we are taking the utmost care to ensure that all of our volunteers are in compliance. As of July 1, 2015, all new volunteers were required to follow these guidelines prior to beginning their volunteer hours, thus they are already in compliance. Volunteers, however, who started prior to July 1, 2015 were grandfathered for a year. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has waived the fee for the Child Abuse History Clearance and PA State Police Criminal Background Check, meaning that the majority of volunteers will incur no charges to make these updates. Only volunteers who have lived outside of PA in the past 10 years will need to pay a one-time fee for the FBI Fingerprint Check.

In an effort to bring our Center into compliance and not jeopardize our accreditation, as of January 25, 2016, the following steps will be required when you come in to volunteer:

  1. Every volunteer must annually complete a Volunteer Information Update Form.
  2. Every volunteer must ensure that their clearances are in compliance: Child Abuse History Clearance (no charge), PA State Police Criminal Background Check (no charge) and, if required, FBI Fingerprint Check ($27.50). You will need to be brought into compliance if:
    1. Your clearances are not current (must be dated within the last 60 months)
    2. You do not have any clearances because they were not required for your position when you started at NNNTRC (i.e. barn & facility workers)
    3. You are missing one or more required clearance (we used to accept alternate forms, but can no longer do so)
    4. You have resided outside of PA in the past 10 years, and now are required to have an FBI Clearance, in addition to the PA Clearances
    5. You do not have clearances because you recently turned 18 or will shortly
  3. Volunteers NOT required to get the FBI Fingerprint Check must sign a Disclosure Statement, stating they have not committed certain violations out of state.

To Order your Clearances:

PA Child Abuse History Clearance

PA State Police Criminal Record Check

FBI Criminal Background Check 

Volunteer Application

Please download, complete (SIGNED AND DATED), print and mail to:

The Stoneybrook Foundation
260 Mountain Trails Lane
Acme, PA 15610
attention: Volunteer Coordinator