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Volunteer Application

Note: Horses Healing Hearts conducts background checks on all volunteer applicants. By signing the application you authorize our organization to conduct this check.

Are you 18 years of age or older?
YesNo

Can you commit to 6 months of volunteering or more?
YesNo

If you’re in Recovery, do you have 1 year or more of sobriety?
YesNo

If you answered “No” to any of the three previous questions, you’re not an eligible candidate to volunteer with Horses Healing Hearts.




Name

Address

If you’ve lived at this address less than two years, please list previous address:

Birth date

Your Email

Do you text?

Phone number

Secondary number

Best Time to reach you?

Preferred method of communication: text, email or phone? Please place in order of
preference.

Days/times you’re available to help:

Select from the following time-slots to volunteer. Note: Our highest need for volunteers is on Saturdays.

Saturday - 11:45am to 1:45pmSaturday - 2:00pm to 4:00pmWednesday - 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Total hours per week you can offer:

1: Have you ever taught or worked with kids in any capacity?


YesNo

If yes, please elaborate:

2: Do you have any counseling experience or certifications?

3: Are you a child/adult child of an alcoholic or drug addict?

4:Why do you want to help?

5:What are some of your strengths or things you enjoy doing?

6: There are different ways we use volunteers. Please mark below where your interest
lies

Volunteering with the children(Mainly on Saturdays, some days after school 4:30-6:30)Organizing the clubhouse once per weekVarious administrative dutiesHelping with various fundraising preparation duties (only certain times of year)

Anything else you want us to know?

Thank you for your time and effort in completing this form. We will contact you in the next
day or two to discuss how we might work together!

Applicant Signature (if document is emailed, typing
your name substitutes as signature and authorizes
our organization to conduct a background check.)

Date

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Education Vs. Therapy

Horses Healing Hearts is an Education and Prevention Program. We are not a therapy program.

Differences between Awareness, Education and Therapy for COAs (Children of Alcoholics):

COA-specific services can be viewed on a continuum with awareness raising activities that can benefit everyone on one end to intensive psychotherapy that is only needed by some COAs on the other end of the continuum. Each type of service has different goals.

Awareness:

Awareness activities such as public service announcements (PSAs), print advertisements, posters, etc. let COAs know they are not alone. These activities and messages are critical because they break the “don’t talk” rule. In most alcoholic families, children are told not to talk about the parents’ drinking so they are reluctant to tell outsiders. Public awareness activities aimed at youth universalizes their experience and reduces some of the isolation, shame, and confusion.

Education:

Education goes a step further by explaining why parents break promises, act differently when drinking, feel and act sick when not drinking, forget things, etc. To be effective, education must fit the cognitive development and learning style of each child. In providing education, consideration must be given to the fact that some children become highly anxious during this time and may not absorb and integrate the information. Others may have learning disabilities that make it difficult to listen and learn in groups, to read or to write stories, or draw pictures about their feelings or family. Just as awareness can help reduce the isolation, education can help reduce the pain. Understanding that a child is not responsible for the parents’ drinking or other activities, that drinking can make it hard for a parent to take care of a child can help a child separate him/herself from the parents’ problem.

Giving COAs an opportunity to talk about their situation, listening, and expressing empathy is important because for many COAs, it is not permissible to talk about their situation at home. Statements by non-alcoholic spouses such as, “you shouldn’t feel that way.” “Grow up,” “You don’t know what it means to be upset,” “Stop crying or I’ll give you something to cry about” are characteristic of parent responses given to COAs who do express feelings. As a result, many COAs learn it is not safe or wise to express feelings.

Therapy:

Content taken from: “Children of Alcoholics: Selected Readings” Volume II; Printed by NACoA (National Association for Children of Alcoholics)

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