While this time of year we normally think of snow gently falling outside, bright holiday lights twinkling and chestnuts roasting on an open fire, there are some PATH Intl. Centers that won't be having quite as merry a time this year. Hurricanes and flooding earlier in the year made for tight expenses. And now out-of-control wildfires in California are threatening not only facilities and homes, but also heartbreakingly the humans and horses living and working there.
When we hear about disasters on the news, our heartfelt response is often, "What can I do to help?" The PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund answers that question. The fund assists PATH Intl. Member Centers in good standing with an immediate need in meeting expenses not normally covered by operating insurance after natural or manmade catastrophic disasters. These include hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, floods, fire and drought.
Since August 2017, PATH Intl. has been able to grant $8,000 in relief funds to centers that had experienced catastrophic loss from natural disasters. The association has been able to help so many rebuild, clean up and get a new start. But there is more we can do, more assistance we can give.
What better way to help these centers, staff, volunteers, participants and horses have happy holidays. Thank you for your generosity.
The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) was formed in 1969 to promote safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs. At 881 member centers, more than 66,000 children and adults, including 6,200 veterans, may find improved health, wellness and a sense of pride, independence and fun through involvement with horses. Therapeutic horsemanship at member centers may include hippotherapy, equine-facilitated mental health, driving, interactive vaulting, trail riding, competition, ground work and stable management. Through a wide variety of educational resources, the association helps individuals start and maintain successful EAAT programs. There are nearly 62,500 volunteers, 5,011 instructors, 7,800 equines and thousands of contributors from all over the world helping people at PATH Intl. Member Centers.