Want to learn a little more about SIRE? We’ve complied the following Frequently Asked Questions to help.
WHAT IS SIRE?
WHERE IS SIRE LOCATED?
NW of Houston, close to Magnolia
24161 Spring Drive
Hockley, TX 77447
East of I-45, north of FM 1960
Spring, TX 77337
RICHMOND / FORT BEND
Richmond State Supported Living Ctr
2100 Preston Street
Richmond, Texas 77469
WHO CAN VOLUNTEER? DOING WHAT?
Be a SIDEWALKER – walk beside the clients as they ride to assist with balance and to reinforce the instructor’s directions. No horse experience needed.
Be a LEADER – lead the horse in the class, possibly groom and tack up the horse. Prior horse experience is necessary. Volunteers will work with the horses from the ground, not be asked to ride.
Requirements – Sidewalkers and horse leaders must be able to walk for 30 minutes, be able to jog briefly, and possibly support a moderate amount of weight. The minimum age is 14. Younger volunteers may be able to participate in opportunities outside the arena (see below) with parental supervision.
Volunteer outside the arena – fundraising, publicity, office help, special events, etc. There are also volunteer opportunities where you can work from home.
WHAT KIND OF COMMITMENT IS INVOLVED?
We ask that arena volunteers commit to at least 1 hour/week for the entire semester. This is important because you will be part of a team, usually working with the same client each week. You will develop a rapport with the clients you work with and can help them to build on their accomplishments from week to week.
If you cannot make this kind of commitment, you can be put on the substitute list, where regular volunteers will call you when they need to be absent.
WHAT ARE THE DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO VOLUNTEER?
Tues: Noon – 8 pm
Wed – Thurs: 8 am – 8 pm
Fri: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sat: 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Mon: 3 pm – 8:15 pm
Tues: 7:45 am – 12:30 pm
Wed: 3 pm – 8:15 pm
Thurs: 3:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Sat: 7:30 am – 12:30 pm
FORT BEND SITE
Tues: 8 am – 8:30 pm
Wed: 8 am – 12:45 pm, 1:30-3:30 pm
Thurs: 8 am – 7:30 pm
Fri: 9 am – 12 pm
Sat: 8 am – 2 pm