The ways YOU can make an impact…

Throughout the year we have many different ways for those 14 years and older to participate in the activities at Mane Stream. No experience with either horses or individuals with disabilities needed; we provide our own orientation and training sessions. 

Explore the options below:

Therapy Sessions and
Adaptive Riding Lesson Volunteers

Shoes for Shoes

Summer Camp Volunteers

Office & Community Outreach Volunteers

One-Day Group Volunteers

Court-Mandated Community Service



Therapy sessions and Adaptive riding Lesson Volunteers:

Volunteers are needed on a daily basis from Monday to Saturday. Volunteers become part of the Mane Stream team helping out with everything from administrative and office tasks, barn chores and maintenance, you will also participate in grooming, tacking the horses prior to lessons, and either leading the horse or sidewalking for our adaptive riding lessons, therapy (OT, PT, Speech & Language) sessions or Matheny School program. 

Your Time Commitment:  3-6 hours weekly during a typical 6-16 week session 

What’s Required: You must attend a Mane Stream orientation and a hands-on training sessions through direct volunteer mentoring to cover horse behavior, safety, grooming, tacking, sidewalking and leading skills.

Get started now…
1.    Complete our online Volunteer Registration 
2.    RSVP for a Volunteer Orientation & Training volunteer@manestreamnj.org  
              **Due to limited space and seating, you MUST RSVP in order to attend**

Wednesday, May 16 from 6:30-9:00pm (waiting list only)
Saturday, June 9 from 3:30-6:00pm
Friday, June 29 from 3:00-5:30pm
Thursday, August 23 from 6:30-9:00pm

3.    Read through the Volunteer Manual, print out and complete the quiz located on the last page, and then bring the quiz with you to the Volunteer Orientation.

4. Interested in volunteering for Summer Day Camp? You must attend this camp training to
    be a camp volunteer. Email volunteer@manestreamnj.org to RSVP for an available training.

Camp Training Sessions:
Saturday, June 9 from 2:30-3:30pm
Wednesday, June 20 from 7:30-8:15pm


We are always in need of volunteers who have a variety of professional and office administration, graphic and photography skills to help with fundraising events, mailings, and community outreach. Consider helping occasionally throughout the year.  Hours are flexible and/or seasonal. Contact: volunteer@manestreamnj.org


shoes for shoes

 Meg Mikrut helping package up the bags that get dropped off weekly in between adaptive riding lessons. Thank you Meg!

Meg Mikrut helping package up the bags that get dropped off weekly in between adaptive riding lessons. Thank you Meg!

Great opportunity for those under 14 years of age!!  Mane Stream wants shoes that you no longer wear but are still in good condition. Mane Stream has partnered with Shoebox Recycling to keep shoes out of landfills, provide affordable footwear to people in developing nations and raise much needed funds for Mane Stream.

We will pack them in postage paid boxes provided by Shoebox Recycling and they will send us a check for $0.50 per pound of shoes.  Our GOAL is to raise enough money to cover farrier costs for the Mane Stream herd.  That’s a lot of shoes, so we hope you will help!

We even provide you with signs for you to hang at your shoe collection spot that explain the program and list the shoes that are and are not accepted. Contact: Louisa Bartok at louisa@manestreamnj.org


mane Stream Summer Camp

Mane Stream's Summer Camp is an inclusive summer day camp for children with disabilities, their siblings and their typically developing peers and we need your help to provide the best possible experience for our campers.

What you’ll be doing…
•    Assist as a leader or sidewalker during lessons
•    Assist with horse-related games, crafts and activities
•    Assist with horsemanship activities such as grooming and tacking
•    Assist with a horse show at the end of the week

What your time commitment will be…
There are nine week long sessions available all with varying themes (check them out). You can volunteer for all 9 weeks, a few  weeks, or just a few days depending on your vacation schedule. 

Nine Week Long Sessions from June 18 - August 17
Monday through Friday from 8:30-2:00

How to get going for 2018 Camp...

Returning Camp Volunteers: No additional training sessions necessary for those who attended a previous Special Camp Training. Just email volunteer@manestreamnj.org with your schedule of availability.

Mane Stream Volunteers: Those who have previously attended a general orientation & training will need to also attend a special camp training. This will cover  agency policies, child & adolescent development, cultural competency, CPR & First Aid, recognition & reporting of child abuse and neglect, infectious disease control, interpersonal communication and effective listening, limit-setting and boundaries, conflict resolution, impulse control and anger management, to ensure a positive and safe experience for volunteers and campers alike. 

Potential Volunteers must attend a Mane Stream general orientation & volunteer training session in addition to a Camp Training Session (http://www.manestreamnj.org/events). Complete the following forms: Volunteer Registration


One-Day Group Volunteers 

We welcome Corporate groups, scout troops and high school student groups who want to offer their time to assist with one-day or short-term projects, such as trail clearing, fence painting, landscaping, cleaning, and tack sales. Contact volunteer@manestreamnj.org



Those seeking to fulfill court-mandated community service hours will not be working directly with Mane Stream horses and participants. No volunteer orientation and training session needed. Contact Holland Kochanski, Barn Manager Holland@manestreamnj.org