Today I was reading the news on LinkedIn, and came across this wonderful blog post called Fundraising Fridays. This is a blog dedicated to making non-profits successful, and every Friday they are encouraging people to donate $10 to a non-profit of their choice.
Dusty's Riders is a non-profit organization that takes at-risk and inner city youth on horse related outings to increase their self-esteem, self-worth, and confidence. Kids get to feed, lead, groom, learn anatomy of a horse, go on an hour trail ride, and get pizza for lunch. For many, it is the first time they have ever seen a horse, let alone ride one. Most say it is the best day of their lives.
Dusty is a real horse, an appaloosa gelding who loves kids and watermelon. Dusty makes kids smile, kids who may not have anything else to smile about. He gives them confidence and a sense of accomplishment that they can carry home with them. The kids who come to us learn intangible concepts such as teamwork, self-awareness, the power of praise, the joy of shared experiences and memories, all through confidence building activities.
We are a 100% volunteer-driven organization, with zero paid staff, and 92 cents of every dollar raised puts a kid in a saddle. We have lots of exciting events planned for our future, and are hoping to add more activities and help more kids. We need your support!