Little Bit was founded in 1976 by a small group of volunteers, and volunteers remain at the heart of our operation today. The time, knowledge, and passion of more than 1,000 volunteers annually allow us to achieve a level of service that would otherwise not be possible.


INDIVIDUAL OPPORTUNITIES

No horse experience required! The first step to becoming an individual volunteer is to attend one of our one-hour volunteer orientations, where you’ll learn about Little Bit and the volunteer opportunities we offer.  Our largest ongoing need for volunteers are both physically demanding jobs, involving working with our riders during classes and helping to care for our horses: 

Toddler riding a tan horse outside, with his therapist, horse handler, and two volunteer sidewalkers supporting him.

Program volunteers assist riders and patients by grooming and tacking horses before class, supporting riders while in class, leading horses, and putting away horses after class. Program volunteers commit to one regular 2-hour shift for at least 6 months. We encourage a weekly placement and offer classes Monday through Saturday, from 8am to 8pm. 

Woman feeding a flake of hay to a white horse in between fence railings.

Barn Team volunteers assist with horse lunch and barn chores, including filling water buckets, cleaning stalls, and sweeping barn aisles. Barn Team volunteers commit to at least one shift, Monday-Saturday from 11-1:30pm or 3:30 - 5:30pm.  

All volunteers must be at least 14 years of age or older. 

Adults who volunteer independently must undergo a criminal background check. Service hours performed at Little Bit cannot be used to fulfill obligations of court-ordered community service.


GROUP OPPORTUNITIES

Group volunteer activities are an exciting way to support Little Bit and build team camaraderie!

There are a variety of ways your company, university, service group, social club or faith-based  group can volunteer with Little Bit:

Three women holding shovels and rakes, standing in front of the Little Bit memorial garden.
  • Landscape/Gardening
  • Painting
  • Holiday Decorating
  • Event Support

All group members must be 14 years of age or older. Youth groups require a 10:1 student-to-adult ratio.

For project planning purposes, please reach out to book your team at least 30 days in advance. 

Swinerton, Salesforce, NAIOP, and Windermere have all recently supported our facilities while building camaraderie. Your team could be next!


VOLUNTEER GUILDS

Start your own Little Bit volunteer guild for friendship, purpose, and fun! A guild is a group of friends, family, and acquaintances who gather together to support the Little Bit mission through planning and managing a fundraising project. 

Four women in a conference room discussing a guild project.

The type of fundraising project is up to you and your guild! Pick a project that your guild members will enjoy the most and fits the amount of time that you have to give. Examples include wine tastings, dinners, luncheons, picnics, merchandise sales such as calendars, golf tournaments, walk-a-thons, runs, motorcycle rides, sports car drives, and much more. 

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If you have any additional questions about volunteering, please contact volunteers@littlebit.org.