Volunteer Policies

MISSION  

BINA Farm Center brings together individuals with and without special needs by offering a variety of inclusive enrichment programs that help them to both thrive personally and make their best contribution towards the communities in which they live.  BINA provides a comprehensive therapeutic and recreational environment utilizing Equine-Assisted Services and Therapies, Vocational Training Programs and Creative and Complementary Therapies for children and adults with physical, developmental, and emotional challenges. 

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

The minimum age for volunteers is 14 and all volunteers must have the ability to volunteer independently, with minimal staff supervision. Some areas of volunteering require moderate physical exertion, so please be sure you are comfortable with the physical aspects of the volunteer role you select.

Please note, for those interested in Volunteering in the Barn or during the lessons, that for our Winter Session (Jan-March), we are focusing our Volunteer recruitment efforts for Applicants with extensive horse experience. There will be other times post-COVID that we will be able to provide more hands-on training. We also recommend that those who want to learn more about barns or horses sign up for our Horsemanship Program.

SCHEDULING & COMMITMENT:

Volunteers must be available a minimum of two hours per week, preferably the same day and time each week.

New Volunteers receive their assignment and schedule following their attendance at a Volunteer Orientation. Volunteer assignments and schedules are based on BINA's needs, and the Volunteer's interest, experience, and availability.

If you are unable to attend your scheduled shift please be sure to email us at volunteer@binafarm.org or for less than 24 hour notice please call us at 781-862-5020.

NEW VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION AND TRAINING

New volunteers are required to attend a Volunteer Orientation. Sessions are conducted  with both classroom and hands-on training. Due to the nature of the services we provide, BINA reserves the right to make the final determination as to the appropriateness of Volunteers for our organization. Due to COVID-19, our process is taking a little longer to onboard new Volunteers.

CONFIDENTIALITY POLICY:

At BINA Farm Center, we place great importance on protecting the confidential information of our Participants, Staff and Volunteers. “Confidential Information” includes, but is not limited to, personally identifiable information such as surnames, telephone numbers, addresses, e-mails, etc., as well as the non-public business records of the BINA Farm Center. In particular, medical information about Participants and information about their disabilities or special needs must be protected as Confidential Information. Volunteers shall never disclose confidential information to anyone other than BINA staff. Volunteers must seek Staff permission before taking any pictures or videos.

I HAVE READ & UNDERSTAND BINA’S CONFIDENTIALITY POLICY AND AGREE TO ABIDE BY THE SAME.

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