We hear this comment more than any other comment on our social media pages. You know of a great cause and you can see yourself being an asset to the organization, but geographics are getting in the way. In a perfect world we would all have enough time, money and energy to accomplish all of the things that we would like to do.
Someone once told me (I wish that I could remember who, I would happily give them credit) that if you want to know what you are personally committed to, just look around. The world you have created for yourself contains all that you have deemed important enough to keep. I thought this statement was rather profound. As I look around, I have to agree. I am fiercely committed to the world that I reside in. My family, horses, dog and causes are where I spend my personal assets of time, money and energy.
Some of you know me, and some of you may not. My name is Jan Nierzwick and I am the face behind the words you read at Horses Without Humans Rescue. In addition to Yvonne, I write the blog, magazine articles, social media posts, and promotional letters. I am also the costume designer for the equine theater group at KYB Dressage that helps to support the Rescue, seamstress, media consultant, sometime spokesperson, personal assistant and too many other titles to remember. When in Florida, I am the water girl! I scrub buckets and refill them twice per day at the farm, a job equally as rewarding as the others. A sparkling clean bucket is a wonderful sight in my eyes. In addition, I am a student/client of Yvonne Barteau and KYB Dressage.
The funny thing about all of this is that I live in Michigan!! I am at the opposite end of the country from Horses Without Humans Rescue Organization. But still, I volunteer! My husband has told me that I am the hardest working person he has ever met that does not get paid. Why do I do it? I like to be productive, personal satisfaction of a job well done and I believe in this cause. If we are not going to protect these animals, then who is? I do not have the ability to sit by and hope that someone else will do right by horses that have already, at least once, been tragically let down by the human race.
I may not be in a position to personally care for these rescue horses myself, but I sure can donate a portion of my time, money and energy to an organization like Horses Without Humans, who are currently caring for 56 unfortunate souls. I am not going to let a little thing like 1200 miles stop me! So, computer in hand, I get to work!
What are your assets? As you look around, what are you committed to? Could you use just a small portion of your time to help a worthy cause? We all know that money can help just about any worthwhile organization, but what could you
accomplish if you used a little time and energy? Can you sew? Draw? Do you have marketing skills? Are you an attorney, doctor or veterinarian? Chef? Graphic arts designer? A builder would certainly come in handy! Electrician? Plumber or Heating and air conditioning expert? A writer or musician? We have a need for you right now! What about a camera person, photographer, landscaper, fence builder, handyman or technology expert? Yep! We can use you! If you are a professional or business owner and donate only one service per year, it can make a difference in the lives of these horses. Maybe the only thing you can do is to share a post or make a phone call to let someone else know that we have a need. That’s OK too. Perhaps you want to come to the farm and help out. That’s awesome! Our volunteer’s range from adolescents to senior citizens, School kids to highly educated adults all working together for the common good of the horses.
Basically, in a nutshell, find a need and fill it! If you have an idea share it! If you have a skill, donate it! It doesn’t have to take over your life. It can be a one-time thing, once per year, monthly, weekly, or even daily. That’s the wonderful thing about volunteering. You decide what works best for you!
So don’t let those pesky miles or even oceans get in the way! Contact us today and let us know how you can help!