Aren't we lucky? We think so!!
Bridget Torcivia has been volunteering at Mane Stream for 3 years! She started riding English and then jumping at Lord Sterling when she was 8 years old. When she began at Mane Stream she initially wanted to only work with the horses. She now really enjoys her time with the clients. This is her second year at camp and her first year as a Program Volunteer. As a Program Volunteer, Bridget is taking on more of a leadership role organizing and leading activities for our campers. As a seasoned Mane Stream volunteer, she truly enjoys taking on a leadership role and working with the clients. Next year Bridget will be a senior at Ridge High School. Her experience at Mane Stream has influenced her interest in pursuing Special Education or Clinical Childhood Development possibly at Rutgers University or the University of New Hampshire. We are grateful for Bridget’s long-term commitment to us!
Taylor Scott just graduated from The College of New Jersey. A psychology major, she did her capstone project on animals and how they reduce stress. She focused on smaller animals, but was also interested to see if larger animals had the same impact. While in college she worked a lot with inmates who were involved in different programs using smaller animals. She saw the effects small animals had on the participants and was interested to find out why. After graduating, her mother was researching opportunities in the area and discovered Mane Stream. She encouraged Taylor to pursue this opportunity. Taylor has not ridden a horse since she was in middle school, but is excited to jump in, observe the extension of her capstone project, and be involved at a place that fits her background. As a Camp Program Volunteer, Taylor can be seen around the farm in her role as one of the official Camp Photographers, organizing crafts, and helping the volunteers. Her future plans include a move to Houston and we truly appreciate all the time she’s dedicatin to us this summer!
Sarah Graham is a senior at Rutgers University where she is interested in pursuing social work utilizing animals, in particular, dogs. She heard about Mane Stream through a friend who used to volunteer here, as well as other friends from Rutgers who spoke highly about Mane Stream. She thought this would be a great place to work as a Program Volunteer and see how it might align with her future interests. Her mom owns a horse, so Sarah has grown up around horses. As a Program Volunteer for Summer Camp she is one of the Camp Photographers, helps set up daily activities and crafts, and helps with the campers when they have free time. Sarah says she loves to see how excited the campers get with the horses. Thanks for dedicating your summer to us, Sarah!
Ruchi Shah just graduated from Morris Hills High School and will be attending Barnard College in the Fall. She started volunteering at Mane Stream at the end of her sophomore year when she was looking for volunteer opportunities involving animals. Mane Stream was the one place she found that allows you to start volunteering at the age of 14! Her favorite part of volunteering is getting to know the kids, especially during summer camp when you spend the entire day with them grooming, tacking up, and helping them ride. Ruchi says she loves the mission at Mane Stream, an important reason she wanted to become a Program Volunteer this summer assisting the Volunteer Coordinator. Ruchi is interested in pursuing nonprofit work and being at Mane Stream allows her to gain experience in the nonprofit sector working with people with disabilities. As a Program Volunteer assisting the Volunteer Coordinator, Ruchi is responsible for checking the volunteer e-mails, scheduling volunteers, and helping with volunteer recognition. If you are interested in volunteering, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and Ruchi may respond to you when she is here. Thanks for all your help!
Madison Brazier just graduated from High Point University with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Literature. Before starting her position as Creative Content Coordinator at High Point later this summer, she will be helping in the office with marketing and community outreach. It has been a while since Madison took riding lessons but she is excited to be back in the barn to see, learn and share the stories of Mane Stream's participants and volunteers. Thank you Madison for helping get the word out!