Main Stay is a volunteer-based organization. Our dedicated volunteers play an integral role in helping deliver our program services. For example, a single rider may need as many as three volunteers to assist in their lesson. We welcome you to join our incredible volunteer team to work in one of our programs, assist with animals, or share your talents on a special event or fundraising committee.

If you love people, animals and nature then you are in the right place!

Volunteer Opportunities

The best way to learn about the farm is to come for a visit and observe a session. Volunteer trainings are held periodically based on the needs of the program. All volunteers are required to complete a background check, annual paperwork and attend a training session.

Adaptive Riding Program Volunteers
Must be 13 years or older
All arena volunteers must be physically capable of walking on uneven terrain, and be able to walk for a minimum of 1 hour.

    • Groomers - Groom horses prior to classes
    • Sidewalkers - Walk alongside the riders and provide physical or emotional
      support as needed. No horse experience required, training will be
    • Horse handlers - Lead the horse for mounted riders. Requires horse experience

Animal Assisted Program Volunteers
Must be 18 years or older
Assisting facilitator with horse interactions, small herd animals & rabbits, seasonal gardening activities and art projects

Project Volunteers
Building projects, barn maintenance, property maintenance, gardening, administrative activities

Fundraising Volunteers
Please contact Randi at [email protected] or Check the calendar for the next event

Board and Committee Member Volunteers
Please contact Loriann at [email protected]

Complete the Contact form, email [email protected] or call 815-382-9374 to learn more about volunteering at Main Stay.

Volunteer Availability and Interest Form
Volunteer Registration/Release Liability Form

Contact us for more information about volunteer positions:

Prospective Volunteers


Current Volunteers

Main Stay's 2024 Volunteer Handbook

Thank you for sharing your time with the program. We couldn’t operate without you. To comply with PATH Intl. requirements, the Volunteer Registration/Release form must be completed annually. We also encourage you to update your availability on a seasonal basis, in a particular, in August, December and February when we set the schedule for the upcoming sessions. A PDF is available, but we recommend you use our online signup forms instead. Which are automatically emailed to the office.

Please view our Calendar for program dates.

Volunteer Registration/Release Liability Form
Volunteer Availability and Interest Form

How You Can Help

Main Stay is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and receives no state or federal funding. Through the generosity of individuals, private foundations, corporations and service organizations, Main Stay is able to touch hundreds of lives each year.
Accomplishments & Accreditation
Charity Navigator 4-star Rating LogoPlatinum Transparency 2024 Candid.PATH International Accredited Center logoEQUUS Foundation Guardian Seal Effective Date: May 2023