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Shining Hope Farms

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Year Founded:
Local Leader / Exec. Director:
Milinda Kirkpatrick
Main Address:
328 Whippoorwill Lane
Mt. Holly, NC 28120
Shining Hope Farms - Charlotte Location
3701 Kidd Lane
Charlotte, NC 28216
Shining Hope Farms - Conover Location
6347 St Peters Church Rd
Conover, NC 28613
Volunteer Opportunity:

Therapy Side-Walker & Barn Help (COVID-19 safety protocols in place)

We have two locations, one in the North Lake region of Charlotte (3701 Kidd Lane, Charlotte, NC) and one in Mount Holly (328 Whippoorwill Lane, Mount Holly, NC). Each farm has its own schedule, but the same tasks and structure.

Here at Shining Hope Farms volunteers usually do one or a combination of two things:

1) Barn work
This can include a variety of activities like grooming the horses, filling water buckets, mucking out stalls, tacking horses, sweeping, etc.

2) Participation in the arena for a therapy session or riding lesson (minimum age of 13)
This includes acting as a side-walker (someone who helps to hold a child steady on the horse while walking around the arena for a session) or as a horse-leader (someone who leads the horse around the arena and is responsible for the horse during a session)

We can also usually use volunteers for lots of other purposes. If you have special skills we're sure we could use them!

We understand that our volunteers may have tons of experiences with horses, some experience with horses, or even none at all! We want our volunteers to be happy and comfortable so we are always willing to work with your schedule, interests, and skills and abilities.

It does so happen that we can only have volunteers when we have therapy sessions or riding lessons going on which is roughly M-F/Sa 8 AM - 6 PM.

Did you know we provide our services free of charge to the majority of our participants? We can only do this because of amazing people like you! Unlike many organizations, we rely on our volunteers much like staff members. If it weren’t for our amazing volunteers, many of our therapy sessions would be too short staffed to go on. Additionally if we can’t rely on having consistent volunteers, there is no way for us to know how many children we will be able to serve each week.

Because of this, we prefer each of our volunteers to commit to at least a couple of consistent hours a week for at least eight weeks.

We require all volunteers to go through a volunteer training before they can begin volunteering. Trainings are offered about once a month. After you reach out to us, we can get you scheduled for a training.

We want to make this a great and enjoyable experience for you! Volunteering is fun and volunteering around horses is even better!

** All volunteers must have health insurance!


UPDATE: COVID-19 Safety Protocols

- Mandatory face masks AT ALL TIMES.
- All volunteers are outside. If rain occurs, we do utilize our "indoor" arena, however we keep the large barn doors open for maximum cross ventilation and air flow.
- Hand washing between clients required.
- Pre-service training and screening including all volunteer protocols regarding COVID-19 and volunteer/client/staff safety.
- Volunteers and staff are temperature checked and fill out screening questions each time they are at the farm.
- Only one barn volunteer cleans a stall at a time.
- Social distancing options: Volunteers can choose to volunteer strictly as a barn volunteer and maintain 6ft distance entire time if specified ahead of time. Otherwise, we promote social distancing when possible. It is not possible when side-walking during our outdoor sessions.
-Can wear gloves if that is your preference.
- We maintain records for contact tracing.
- We limit contact by keeping one volunteer with a specific horse-leader and therapist team as much as possible.
- Cleaning/wipe down policy available upon request.


Open to

Suitable for Kids: 

Ages 13-17

Skills Needed

No skills required


Next occurrence is
Wed, 04/14/2021  
(8am - 6pm)
Repeats every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until Wed Mar 23 2022.
Thursday, April 15th, 2021
Flexible Timing
Volunteer timing is flexible within the designated time frame, or opportunity can be scheduled directly with nonprofit.

Location Details

At Nonprofit's Location
Indoor Project
Outdoor Project

328 Whippoorwill Lane

Mt. Holly