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October 26, 2020
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center is a community where horses transform the bodies, minds and spirits of people with disabilities. Its flagship programs Adaptive Riding and Hippotherapy both utilize the unique qualities of the horse to effect positive change in the lives of children and adults with disabilities. These programs provide life-changing physical benefits including strengthening muscles, preventing bone weakness and joint dislocation, improving balance, and enhancing hand/eye coordination. These benefits improve a rider’s overall health, which, in turn, can increase life expectancy. They also ripple into other aspects of daily living: promoting confidence and independence, improving communication skills and peer interaction, enhancing concentration and memory, stimulating problem-solving, and providing achievable goals.
Swinerton started volunteering at Little Bit in 2013 and has offered its services as a builder to allow Little Bit to do what it does best help those in the local community. During their Little Bit building days, Swinerton employees can be found doing a number of duties: building loafing sheds for horses and metal sheds for vehicles, painting buildings, landscaping many acres of land that the organization relies on to continue its mission, and installing a rider lift to provide a safer way to access the horses. Swinerton has volunteered over 2,500 hours, donated $43,000 and has been recognized as a Corporate Strides recipient by Little Bit.
Little Bit’s facilities director, Wayne Miller, said it best: “For so many years, Swinerton has supported Little Bit in so many ways. Whether it be through ongoing financial support from their employees, or their regular attendance at fundraising events, their assistance building important facilities improvements, or most impressively by the high-quality results of their annual volunteer work parties, Little Bit has been truly blessed.”
At Little Bit, you will find so many stories to be moved by because what it does is truly amazing. One of the favorite stories was from this past year, at Swinerton’s building day, the company organized three teams to build three loafing sheds as quickly (and safely) as possible. A father of one of the students at Little Bit was watching the efforts throughout the day and was so moved by what was accomplished that he went straight into the main office to donate over $500 to support more building supplies to be purchased and signed up to be a volunteer himself.