clients and other volunteers in a professional and social
environment. Rising Tide is 90% volunteer facilitated and staffed. In one year, our volunteers collaboratively log in over 1000 hours! We depend on our volunteers to help us with many tasks from program assistance to administration such as: leading, sidewalking, mucking stalls, building and grounds maintenance, fundraising, media and marketing, grant writing, special events and projects, and office operations. We offer various time elements that satisfy our volunteers’ needs and schedules. Tasks can be completed in an hour, or an afternoon. We have opportunities for one-time volunteering and continued or ongoing events. We have folks that volunteer year-round and folks that are here for a couple weeks in the summer.
New to the volunteer program this year is our discounted riding program. Once 8 hours have been logged, volunteers are eligible for discounted riding lessons. Opening up riding to our volunteers allows them to have a better understanding of what our clients are experiencing on our horses. In addition, our volunteers learn more about horses, herd mentality and form strong bonds with the horses, which is beneficial to our clients’ experience and helpful to our instructors.
Rising Tide also welcomes individuals and students who need to fulfill community service requirements. We offer documentation and recommendations for individuals needing to have their time officially logged or reported for credit, and many students have chosen us because we “look good on a resume.”
PO Box 44 West Tisbury, MA 02575 US
Our volunteers are as versatile and varied as are the multitude of tasks they perform. From ages 4-94 there is something for everyone to do. Being a volunteer is much more than just helping out.
Our volunteers have the opportunity to bond
with our horses, staff,
This is not Rising Tide, but an excellent demonstration of what our leads and sidewalkers do.
Rising Tide’s Internship Program
At Rising Tide, we welcome high school, college and interested individuals to join our internship program. The intern does not need previous horse experience; however, some duties will vary according to equine experience. We will train interns for whatever tasks they are assigned.
Ideal interns are responsible, work well in a team and individual setting, self-motivated, has good communication skills, transportation, and have a desire to work with the community.
In the summer, (June -Sept.) we have increased programming and the role of the intern is important to our day to day operations. Interns are invited for 4-12 week periods of time. Internships are great for college students here on the Vineyard for the summer. The summer intern carries a little more responsibility than the high school or off season intern. Duties may include: inspecting horses for health or skin issues, basic organization and tidiness of barn office, inventory of supplies and food, leading volunteers through training and tasks, farm chores, office tasks, answering the phone and taking a message, and working in partnership with the program and executive directors. We ask for an 8 hour a week minimum commitment from our summer interns. Interns are not paid, however we do offer some complementary lessons.