Cue the fireworks!! Blast the trumpets! We have two amazingly dedicated volunteers to celebrate! People like Chase Wilson and Marcy Kubbs make SAFE’s mission possible. These steadfast volunteers provide service on chore shifts, at events, and go above and beyond for SAFE. We could not do this without them. Chase’s Shift Lead, Sam, relates that Chase is a reliable hard worker, good with the horses, and helps train other volunteers. Volunteers helping volunteers is one of the things that makes SAFE a special place. Marcy is another one of those people who makes SAFE special for volunteers. She is warm and friendly, endlessly patient, and happy to guide new people on her shift. Chase and Marcy have interesting stories about how they came to be SAFE Volunteers and what they enjoy about their time with us. You can read about them below. Congratulations on being named July 2019 Volunteers of the Month, Chase & Marcy. And thank you for all you do!

Chase Wilson: Saturday PM Chore Volunteer, Kind-hearted Hard Worker

Chase & Amelia, photo by Sundee Rickey

How and when did you first get involved with horses? Do you have one now you want to tell us about? I knew nothing about horses prior to volunteering at SAFE. When I moved to Redmond from San Francisco I knew I wanted to volunteer with either kids or animals, and being from a large city, it was crazy to me that there were horses in the same city that I lived in, so I had to give it a try.

What do you like most about volunteering with SAFE?  The relationships. I’ve made a lot of friends from volunteering, and I knew no one when I moved here. I also just enjoy the fact that it gets me away from TV/computer screens and outside on a regular basis.
Do you have a favorite SAFE horse? If so, why?  I’ve had a lot of favorite horses, and they all seem to get adopted right away. I like horses that enjoy being around humans. I think Amelia is a real sweetheart, she’s easy to lead, and I love her coloring.
What do you do when you are not horsing around with us? For work, I’m a software engineer for Amazon, so naturally I do a lot of other geeky things that come with that. I regularly play board games with a group of friends, as well as video games and spend way too much time watching YouTube. (which is why its great to volunteer with SAFE to get me outside!). I also have a bunch of random hobbies I’ve picked up, like photography, watch collecting, carpentry, and lock picking (nothing nefarious).
Do you have family or special people in your life who support your volunteer work that you would want us to mention in your write up?  I volunteer Saturday PM shifts, which is also a prime date night, so I’d like to thank my long-term girlfriend, Lily, for working around my weird schedule for all this time.
Marcy Kubbs: Sunday PM Chore Shift Volunteer, Shift Lead, Friendly Helper

Marcy & Valor, photo by Sundee Rickey

How and when did you first got involved with horses? Do you have one now you want to tell us about?  My first memory of horses is as a young child being thrown up on a farm horse that promptly took off with me.  Fortunately, someone told me about hanging on to the mane! Later as a teen I was fortunate enough to start riding lessons which continued off and on since then. I am considering getting a horse, but in the meantime am enjoying my lessons on Silhouette, a lovely TB / Andalusian cross.

What do you like about volunteering with SAFE? Several things, but especially the community of people committed to improving the lives of horses and the horses themselves who have taught me much.

Do you have a favorite SAFE horse? If so, why? Yes, but this is a hard question as it varies from week to week!  I suppose Cameo who was one of the first horses I met when I started volunteering at SAFE.  She is of course beautiful but more than that, I love her sensitivity – when she is “with you”, you know it.

What do you do when you are not horsing around with us? I have recently retired, so besides enjoying sleeping in, I am spending more time in my garden and at the gym. I also play music, and am in a band that plays for contra dances around the Northwest. This month I am headed to fiddle camp which should be fun!

Do you have family or special people in your life who support your volunteer work that you would want us to mention in your write up? I would just like to say a special thank you to all my friends and family who patiently listen as I excitedly tell them about my horse adventures.