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Ashley Haggard began volunteering at the Ray Graham Association Hanson Center in 2019. A student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she had to move back home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eager to help her community, Ashley rolled up her sleeves and sewed hundreds of masks to help keep her neighbors safe. We’re thankful that she doubled her impact by donating the proceeds to the Hanson Center therapeutic horsemanship program and the Hinsdale Community Services food pantry. Throughout the last few months, she has raised $6,000!
“Few places bring me joy like The Hanson Center,” said Ashley. “Between seeing riders learn new skills, sneaking treats to the horses, and spending time with the other volunteers, there is no shortage of smiles and laughs.” If you would like to order a face mask, you’re sure to find a pattern you love online.
The therapeutic horsemanship program uses 20 horses to provide opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to experience the joy and therapeutic benefits of riding horses. Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) certified instructors lead individual and small group lessons with trained volunteers.