Volunteer Policies



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. 


The minimum age for volunteers is 14 years old 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 Sessions (Jan-March), we focus our volunteer recruitment efforts for applicants with extensive horse experience. We also recommend those who want to learn more about barns or horses sign up for our Horsemanship or Vocational Training Programs.


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

New volunteers receive their basic volunteer training and qualifications to begin scheduling for volunteer shifts following their attendance at 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 volunteers are required to attend a volunteer orientation. Volunteer orientation and additional trainings 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 scheduling considerations for horse use, instructor involvement and programming needs, our process may take longer to onboard new volunteers.


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, emails, 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.


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