New Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in working with youth with disabilities! We are excited for you to join our fabulous team of volunteers that change the lives of people with disabilities every week.


  • Must be interested in working with youth with disabilities.
  • Must be 14 years of age or older.
  • Must go through the in-person volunteer training.
  • Must be able to walk and jog on uneven ground throughout a 30 minute lesson.
  • Must be able to commit to a regular weekly schedule, for a minimum of 6 weeks.

Our lesson schedule:

Volunteer dependability is essential for running our program smoothly. We ask our volunteers for a weekly commitment to provide consistency for our riders. Our volunteer shifts follow our lesson schedule. Lessons are:

Monday – Thursday afternoons (Therapeutic Riding + Pediatric Therapy Services):

  • Volunteer shifts are from 2:15pm-6:00pm to help with set-up and take down before/after lessons.
  • Lesson times are 3:00pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm and 5:15pm with 15 minute breaks in between.
  • Volunteering the full 3.75 hour shift is preferred. If you are a middle or high school student and cannot commit to a full volunteer shift, please contact our Volunteer Manager, Rebecca, to discuss a late-start shift, ie 3:30pm-6:00pm, or 4:15-6:00pm.

Saturday mornings (Therapeutic Riding):

  • The volunteer shift is from 8:15am-11:45am to help with set-up and take down before/after lessons.
  • Lesson times 8:45am, 9:30am, 10:15am and 11:00am with 15 minute break in between.
  • Volunteering the full 3.75 hour shift is required.
  • Please note Saturdays are popular for students and those who work full-time, Saturday has its own waitlist. Contact Rebecca for more information.

Monday Mornings (Camp Alumni): 

  • The volunteer shift is from 10:00am-12:45pm to help with set-up and take down before/after lesson.
  • Lesson time: 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Volunteering the full 2.75 hour shift is required.

How to get started:

  • Download and complete the 2024 New Volunteer Forms Packet. Please indicate which day(s) are generally best for you to volunteer. If you are under 18 years of age, you must have a parent or guardian co-sign all sections. If you are over 18, you will need to do a background check.
  • Please scan and email the forms to our Volunteer Manager, Rebecca,, or mail it to the following address:

Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center
P.O. Box 16
Orinda, CA 94563

  • When the Volunteer Manager has received your form, they will reach out to confirm it has been received and the availability is correct.
  • The Volunteer Manager will get in touch with you when/as new volunteer openings arise throughout our season (based on your availability). If your availability has changed while you are on the waitlist, please call the center at 925-377-0871 or email Rebecca to update your availability.

Interested but still have questions?

Feel free to call our Volunteer Manager at the center, 925-377-0871, or email her at to ask any questions you have about volunteering with Xenophon.