“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Hanaeleh is run solely by volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us! We have several ways you can help with the horses and the facility. Check out the opportunities we have below and let us know what you’re interested in. You do not need to have horse experience in order to volunteer, and we need volunteers to help us with fundraisers as well– any help we can get we appreciate!
If you would like to volunteer, please send an e-mail with your availability and interest, including your level of horse experience. We welcome individuals of all ages and abilities to volunteer, although children must be 16 years or older to work with the horses directly.
ATTENTION – For the safety of all of our animals at Hanaeleh, we do not allow pets. Thank you!
Workdays are open to the public. The workdays start at 9:00am and go through 12:00pm. Children under the age of 16 are allowed to help with adult supervision, but we do not have many projects for children under the age of 10 years old. We would suggest to groups with younger children to come out to an open house and not a work day. Please call or e-mail to confirm the dates: [email protected] or call 949-229-1085.
Open houses are days when Hanaeleh is open to the public. They are usually on the first Saturday of the month, from 11am-12pm. During the open houses, we give tours of the facility and answer any questions you may have. Children under the age of 16 are allowed to come but must have adult supervision. Please call or e-mail to confirm the dates: [email protected] or call 949-229-1085.
Weekly Horse Care
A great way help is to work with our horses on a weekly basis. This option is for the individuals who are able to commit to once a week. New volunteers start the second Saturday of the month, and the first four weeks include getting to know the horses as well as mucking and cleaning. After the first month, we pair up all of the new volunteers with a “buddy” to show how we work with the horses. This way the horses get consistency when they are handled. Each volunteer needs to participate in four Saturday mornings (8:30 to noon) of on-site training.
Volunteers who have completed the four-week training and who have worked with the horses for a few months have the option of coming out in the afternoons during the week (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm-7:30pm). Unfortunately we do not have people able to train new volunteers during the week, so all new volunteers do have to go through the Saturday training.
To volunteer, please e-mail: [email protected].
We do have community groups come to Hanaeleh both for service as well as learning about the horses. We have had Girl and Boy Scouts, U.S. Pony Club, school groups and church groups come out to the ranch. We also have a Reiki group come out approximately once a month to work with the horses.
We usually schedule groups on workdays who are doing service. We encourage groups who would like a tour or to see the horses to come during an open house.
We love to have community groups come out, but we do not have many projects for children under the age of 10 years old. We would suggest to groups with younger children to come out to an open house and not a work day.
If you’d like to schedule a time for your group to come out, please e-mail: [email protected] and let us know about your group.
Hanaeleh is in great need of individuals who can help behind the scenes for our fundraisers! We need people to make phone calls, talk with businesses, and who can help coordinate events. For more information on helping in this way, please e-mail: [email protected] .
Presidential Service Award
Hanaeleh is pleased to be a part of the President’s Volunteer Service Award program. This program officially recognizes the dedicated service hours of all of our volunteers. To register for this program, please visit the PVSA website: http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/volunteer .
To link Hanaeleh to your service hours, please use our ROS Key: LTL-56117.
“Wait, I have more questions!”
If you have any other questions about volunteering, please be sure to contact us via e-mail: [email protected] or by phone: 949-229-1085. If you have other types of questions, please visit our FAQs page.