opportunities are available.
Liza Crooks (Volunteer Director)
Phone: (419) 251-4146.
could not run our hippotherapy program without volunteers. They
are the heart of our program. We have volunteers ranging in age
from 14-70. The volunteers fall in love with the children we
serve and we fall in love with them. We truly appreciate their
Profiles & Testimonials:
Melisa (Mel) Viers
TPS Special Education Teacher
Since I teach students with orthopedic disabilities, volunteering for the St. Vincent HIPPO Therapy Program is a perfect fit for me. It gives me an opportunity to help children in a different way (than academics) and also helps me learn more about people with various physical disabilities, which is a great benefit for my job! It is also a powerful way for me to live out Christ's call to help others, which gives me a great sense of fulfillment.
I have been a volunteer in the hippo program for ten years. I would strongly recommend volunteering. It only takes a few hours of your time but the rewards are immense not only for the children but for yourself. I have seen first hand what a difference the program makes to the children I have worked with and the smiles on their faces when they are on the horses will really warm your heart. One little girl I worked with, when she first came to the program would not talk, couldn't walk very well and was afraid of the horse. After a few sessions, she was smiling, talking and would come ready to ride her horse. What a difference the program has made on her. This summer she was running around the field with her sister and laughing. To see her and all the other children make such progress makes volunteering really worth while. People probably wonder how putting a child on a horse would make such a difference but I have seen for myself what amazing things it can do.
Please help us continue this great program.