Our Vision

Bringing hope, joy and unlimited possibilities through the healing power of the horse.

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Volunteer With BraveHearts

Make new friends, learn new skills, feel good about yourself, and give back to your community. Our volunteers are essential in all we do!

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Resource for Current Volunteers

 Call 815.765.2113 to learn more or email our volunteer director


Become a Volunteer!

BraveHearts has many volunteer opportunities for anyone who enjoys animals, appreciates people and wants to help others. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks from light stable duties to horse handling. Volunteers involved in horse handling are responsible for grooming and saddling horses prior to sessions, and also function as leaders and/or sidewalkers during the sessions.

Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 1 hour per week but can volunteer more if they would like.

We greatly appreciate your interest and can utilize your assistance.

Who can volunteer?

  • Anyone over the age of 14
  • Anyone with a desire to learn how to work with horses and people
  • No horse experience necessary


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Why Volunteer:

  • Learn about horses
  • Make a difference in the lives of others
  • See weekly progress among participants
  • Expand your social circle
  • Earn service hours
  • Enjoy volunteer recognition events
  • Build a working relationship with a team of dedicated staff and volunteers

Our Partners

 American Airlines     •    American Hippotherapy Association    •     Aurora Vet Center    •        Becca’s Legacy    •     Canine Companions        Capt. James Lovell VA Hospital    •    Department of Children and Family Services         Division of Specialized Care for Children     •    DuPage County Vet Center  •  Easter Seals    •     Experience Works    •    Families of the Fallen    •   Fort Sheridan First Calvary      Goldie B. Floberg Center    
                  The Gracie Center   Hines VA      Illinois Joining Forces      •  Illinois National Guard     •      Jesse Brown VA Hospital    •    Lake-McHenry County Veterans' Initiative     •    Madison VA Outpatient Clinic             McHenry County Adult Program    •   McHenry County College    •    McHenry County Veterans Assistance Commission   •     Midwest Center for the Blind  Milwaukee VA Hospital     •   The Mission Continues                  Mustang Heritage Foundation     •    National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification   •       North Boone School District      •     Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association     •    Oak Park Vet Center  
 Operation Support Our Troops     •   OSCAR Mikes • Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Intl.      •    PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes  Provider Connections     •   PEAK Construction   •    Pioneer Center     Presence Saint Anne            Provider Connections     •    Regional Access and Mobilization Project    •       Regional Alternative School, Winnebago County     •    Rockford Career College    •     Rockford Passages Hospice          Rockford VA Outpatient Clinic   •    Rock Valley College     Salute, Inc.    Saint Coletta's of Illinois          Seguin Services, Inc.    •     Senior Community Services Employment Program                                                    Special Education District of McHenry County       •   Special Olympics of Illinois         Starlight Foundation       The Heart of a Marine Foundation    •    William Shatner's Hollywood Charity Horse Show                        Wounded Warriors