Congratulations to our October Volunteer of the Month, Jesse Boman! Jesse started last summer and almost right away starting signing up to fill in on shorthanded shifts.

Over last Christmas break when most of the volunteers (and staff, myself included!) could not make it to the barn, Jesse was there everyday. On his own holiday break, he showed up every morning (sometimes before the staff) to shovel walkways and then be ready for whatever needed to be done. Staffing volunteers while there is a significant amount of snow on the ground is difficult. We often can only get a brave 2–3 people who can come each day. (Those dang hills!) We were extremely lucky to have Jesse commit his entire time off to being a consistent help each and every day.

He just recently agreed to be a Shift Lead on the Sunday AM team and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Thank you Jesse for all of your hard work, dedication and helping us through difficult times. We are lucky to have you!

Learn a little bit more about Jesse below:

How and when did you first get involved with horses?
My younger sister, dad and grandparents have had horses my entire life. I’ve been around and helped take care of horses most of my life.

Do you have one now you want to tell us about?
I don’t have a horse of my own, but ride with my sister whenever I go back home to Michigan.

Bijou with Jesse

What do you like most about volunteering with SAFE?
I quite enjoy the comradery that each shift has with one another. It’s great to hang out with a wonderful group of people while picking up poo.

Do you have a favorite SAFE horse? If so, why?
I’m torn between Darla and Bijou. They’re both so sweet!

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?
My sister, Holly.