By Randy Pierce
What does it take to give that spark of hope–better still, to ignite a passionate fire of inspiration? The simple truth is that it may take something different for each person and each situation.
In Goffstown, NH an important mission is reaching 60-70 children and adults with challenging disabilities. The outreach of UpReach is celebrating 20 years of service with a mission that is worthy and a vision which has a strong parallel to our own 2020 Vision Quest. You can learn more on their website: “UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.”
MISSION: UpReach is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the physical, emotional, and psychological development of challenged children and adults through progressive therapies, specifically those centered around the horse.
VISION: Through providing high quality therapeutic riding and driving lessons, UpReach strives towards excellence in its field. With the help of our equine friends, we are dedicated to enhancing quality of life for those we serve, by providing challenge, promoting independence, and celebrating success.
This vision is directly in line with our own 2020 Vision Quest Mission statement. I’ve seen the power of Quinn and his spirit to change lives beyond the incredible work he does for me. The horses at UpReach and the talented volunteers use a similar approach. In their own words, UpReach draws upon the strengths each individual possess to develop riding and driving skills, build relationships between horses and humans, and nurture abilities. By partnering with the horse, they offer programs that include therapeutic riding and driving lessons as well as equine assisted learning.
While all this information is tremendous, their video brings it all together and so I urge you all to take a moment and watch their Video from Concord TV’s “Volunteers In Action” Show. Scroll down the page and select UpReach from the episode list.
Whether you know someone who could benefit from their programs, want to help them make a difference, or think their programs could benefit your own life, help us and them share the message of a fantastic organization!
I leave you with a reminder of our own mission statement:
2020 Vision Quest inspires people to reach beyond adversity and achieve their highest goals — personal, professional, and philanthropic. We believe in leading by example, in climbing the highest peaks, and in sharing our successes and challenges with each other. Funds raised through these endeavors will be given to two remarkable organizations which benefit the visually impaired community: Guiding Eyes for the Blind, and the New Hampshire Association for the Blind.