Cheff Center: Augusta MI



Potential Students and Parents

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers make a difference

Volunteers have an opportunity to make a huge difference in the lives of our Cheff Center riders. Volunteers can learn about disabilities and horse management, as well as enjoy the physical fitness and social benefits of volunteering. Besides working with the horse and rider, there are many other opportunities for volunteers in the program.

Detailed training for volunteers is provided and is scheduled on an on-going basis, as our program is in need of volunteers year-round. Special Volunteer Updates allow for continuing education. No previous horse experience is required.

Information for Volunteers

Volunteers must be at least 13 years old and physically fit to walk, and occasionally jog, in the arena or outdoors for approximately one hour.

Thirteen-year-olds who complete an interview process may volunteer in the barn and on special projects, but not in the ring during a riding class.

The Cheff Center has an extensive teen volunteer program that takes place each summer in conjunction with our summer camp. Training is provided.

We ask that our volunteers choose a time to volunteer and come at that time regularly each week.

Volunteers are needed throughout the school year during weekday mornings, afternoons, and evenings.

During summer camp, volunteer times vary, with most camp days beginning around 8:30 a.m. and running till approximately 4:00 p.m. Some summer evening volunteer hours are also available.

How to become a Volunteer:

  1. Download or pick up (and fill out) volunteer paperwork
  2. Contact Cheff at 269-731-4471 or by e-mail (gro.retnecffehc@reetnulov) for orientation information or to answer any questions you may have
  3. Bring your completed paperwork (including the last page of the volunteer manual) to your orientation
  4. Complete orientation

Keep in mind we have three major areas in which volunteers participate:

  • Instructor/rider assistance
  • Barn, grounds and horse duties
  • Office and special events support

2017 Orientation Dates:

  • May 27th – for Summer Session 1
  • July 8th – for Summer Camp and Summer Session 2
  • September 2nd – for Session 4
  • November 4th – for Session 5
*All orientations will be conducted from NOON - 4pm.  Attendees should eat lunch prior to coming. 

Volunteer Downloads

If you would like to fill out your paperwork online, please refer to the form below.  You will still be required to physically sign a release of liability form, a statement of understanding (end of volunteer paperwork), and a confidentiality agreement prior to volunteering.  These will be available at orientation.  Please be sure to take the time to read through the volunteer manual, as it provides a wealth of relevant information (and you are required to sign a sheet stating that you've read and understand it!)

Click HERE to join the team!

Cheff News

Testimonial Tuesday: Meet Natalie

Everyone who comes to Cheff has a unique experience that oftentimes has far reaching effects.  Today, we'd like to highlight Natalie. 

Natalie is currently our youngest client at the Cheff Center- begining her journey at only 14 months.  Click the link below to read her mom's thoughts on the experience. 

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Birthday Blessings

Since 2005, volunteer extraordinaire Kathy Keelan Pew, has donated her birthday to the Cheff (Ride-a-Thon) - to the tune of nearly $15,000 ($2,475 in 2016 alone!)
Each year, Kathy requests that if her friends and family wish to do something for her in honor of her birthday, that they support her in our Ride-A-Thon.

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What People Are Saying

The Cheff Center is the greatest place for therapy. I volunteered there. It gave me so much joy to see the smiles on the riders faces. It was best thing I have ever done.
- Kelsie Robbins

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