With a back ground in business and horsemanship Jeanine brings her management, organizational and years of teaching skills to Scooter’s Place.
“I never dreamed I would be doing what I have the honor of doing on a daily basis with Scooter’s Place.
I thought I was going to help Scooter’s Place by putting together a barn that Carrie and I could share together so they could run lessons out of the rain. After observing lessons and seeing all of the good that the program was doing I had to keep it going when there was a chance it was going to close.
Today we are in a location that provides us the opportunity to grow. In just a short time we have seen so much growth in the families we are working with. Our facility lets us continue sessions year round and that has proven to have a really positive effects on our students.
Every week we see the wonderful strides each of our students accomplish. We are a part of a lot of “firsts". Whether it’s seeing tears in the eyes of a father seeing his son get on the horse and participate in an activity for the first time or a mother who walks next to her son as he takes his first steps walking when she had been told he would spend the rest of his life in a wheel chair.
Being a part of the Scooter’s Place family is humbling. The tremendous amount of generosity from our volunteers who work diligently to help accomplish the goals of the students and the program. Those who bring so much to the program where our motto is “Let’s see what we can do" and attitude make things happen for our students.
Our goals are to continue to educate the public on what we do, to develop our donation and scholarship programs so we can help as many families as we can and to build our volunteer force. We have planned phases of improvement to our facility that will effect the services we provide and for the continued health of our horses."
Michelle coordinates the volunteer schedules on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. She is a big part of the daily operations of Scooter’s Place. She keeps the lesson schedule covered with the leaders and side walkers needed for each lesson as well as the volunteers needed for the daily chores of running an 18 stall barn and taking care of our horses with volunteers for grooming, cleaning or bagging feed to name just a few things.
Michelle’s warm inviting personality sets all at ease when starting either as a student or a volunteer.
She’s our historian too. She and her daughter Joelle who is one of our Lead Volunteers have been around since just about the beginning of Scooter’s Place, celebrating 3 years in April 2018. Husband, Marc, and son, Nathaniel, also know just about everything about the maintenance and up keep of our facility.
We couldn’t do what we do without Michelle and her devotion to Scooter’s Place and our families.
Joelle has been around Scooter’s Place for 3 years as of Spring 2018. She currently has over 600 volunteer hours at Scooters Place. She is enthusiastic and eager to tell anyone who will listen about the benefits of volunteering and taking lessons at Scooter’s Place. She started because Carrie, the founder and director at the time, made a post for volunteers on a Facebook group. She visited and it was love at first sight. She can’t wait for barn day to come every week.
After about a year her mother, Michelle, started helping by becoming a Volunteer Coordinator.
Eventually, her dad and brother became more involved as well.
When asked about the benefits of volunteering at Scooter’s Place, she says, “Scooter’s Place has given me the skills to interact with anyone and everyone, be a light, introduce myself, and make decisions, among other things. At this point I kind of do whatever is needed around the barn. I am one of the ‘lead volunteers’, help with lessons, lead, sidewalk, feed, grain, make lesson plans, tack horses, train volunteers, delegate tasks when Jeanine is busy, make signs, help with creative stuff around the barn, do write ups like this, groom horses, clean other miscellaneous tasks, and I most certainly am not above cleaning a stall."
We hope that all our volunteers are as excited about being involved with the important work here with our program.