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Volunteer Spotlight


At Halleck Creek, we have a truly exceptional team of volunteers. In 2018, Jen joined our volunteer team and quickly became an indispensable part of our program. Jen volunteers every Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as two Saturdays a month. As a pediatric nurse and former special education teacher, her way with our riders is remarkable. We are so blessed by her incredible commitment, sunny disposition and willingness to show up for our special riders.

What is your favorite part about volunteering at HCR?


I love everything about Halleck Creek Ranch and my favorite part is watching the kids blossom.  As a volunteer who is around the ranch two (or more) days each week, I have gotten to know the riders really well. It is such a gift getting to see them grow in their riding and horsemanship skills and develop their strengths. I have also made some really good friends in a short amount of time here. It is a wonderful feeling to have a shared goal and purpose and to work together so well.


How did you first hear about HCR?

I first heard about Halleck Creek Ranch through a mutual friend of a long time volunteer.
I have a background working in special education and love horses, so it felt like a natural fit.
I was so excited that I drove out to the ranch to get all the information about becoming a volunteer right away. My involvement at Halleck Creek has become a very important part of my life. In fact, it feels like my whole life has been better since I started coming here.

Why did you begin volunteering?

I have always volunteered in one capacity or another and I am a big believer in volunteering in general. It feels so good to do something because you want to, not because someone is paying you. I can’t imagine not volunteering at Halleck Creek now. I feel like I have found my spot.

Who is your favorite horse?

I love horses in general, but I feel like a have a strong bond with Historia.
She is so calm and gentle and is the first horse that let me bridle her.

What is the biggest life lesson you’ve learned through interacting with our riders?

The biggest life lessons I have learned from volunteering at the ranch are that it is okay to make mistakes and to ask for help. In addition, the horses, instructors and riders have all taught me to believe more in myself. Overall, being at the ranch has helped me build more confidence.


What do you do when you aren’t volunteering at Halleck Creek?

I am a pediatric nurse at Children’s Hospital in Oakland. I take one day off a week which is Sunday and I love to spend that time reading and going to the beach. My favorite beach in this area is Stinson Beach. I am also addicted (in a good way) to the Food Network and so love coming up with new recipes from there and trying them out.

If you were stuck on a desert island what is one thing you couldn't live without?

If I was stuck on a desert island, the one thing I could not live without would be a well stocked first aid kit and some way to have a connection to my family. Maybe I would need to have a satellite phone so that I could call them.
Family is tremendously important to me.

Thank you Jen, and all of our volunteers, for making our HCR Community a special place to be.