Help Us

How can you help?

It takes a lot to keep our organization going and we would love to have your help! There are lots of ways you can help the STARR program continue to offer therapeutic horseback riding for children with special needs in Central Illinois.  Our organization is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, 100% volunteer-run, and we happily accept your tax-deductible donations.


We ALWAYS need volunteers. 

Session Volunteers 

For safety, we have three Session Volunteers per horse and we have two riders per class, plus extras to help around the arena. 

Session Volunteers:

2024 STARR Session Volunteer form - fillable.pdf

Maintenance Crew

Maintenance Crew Volunteers are needed to groom horses, clean tack, maintain the barn, and help with special projects. 

Maintenance Crew:

2024 STARR Maintenance Crew Volunteer form - fillable.pdf


A $100 donation will sponsor a child for the entire riding season, or you can sponsor a horse to help with the cost of feed, bedding, and horse care. 


We are 100% staffed by volunteers, certified therapists, and instructors. Every dollar donated helps children with special needs.  We love gift cards from Farm & Fleet or Rural King, are always in need of square bales of good quality grass hay, firewood, or monetary donations.  

If you would like to make a donation, please make checks payable to STARR.  Donations are tax deductible and receipts are available upon request.