IPM’s Project Mercy Focuses on Therapeutic Horsemanship for First-Quarter 2016
For the first-quarter 2016 philanthropic project through IPM’s Integrated Project Mercy, employees selected therapeutic horsemanship—which uses horses and equine-assisted activities to enhance physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral, and educational skills for people with disabilities. Here’s what employees at each of our offices did to further the cause:
- The Eastern Region (New Jersey and Boston) volunteered at the BINA Farm Center in Lexington, Massachusetts, painting horse stalls and grooming an indoor riding ring.
- Volunteers from the Chicago office participated in the DuPage Human Race, a 5k run/fitness walk, to raise funds for Friends for Therapeutic Equine Activities (FTEA) in Winfield, Illinois, and raised funds through Amazon Smile.
- The Indianapolis team did gardening and general cleaning at the Agape riding organization in Cicero, Indiana, which provides a summer riding program for children with disabilities.
- Los Angeles volunteers worked with the Stand InBalance organization to help with various maintenance tasks around the horse ranch in Westlake Village, California.
- The Minnesota office cleaned saddles and donated a month’s worth of feed to therapy horse Domino at the We Can Ride organization.
- The San Francisco team worked with Reins in Motion and One Step Closer to provide marketing materials to support promotional and fundraising activities.
- St. Louis IPMers volunteered at Equine Assisted Therapy helping with upkeep of the grounds and facilities.
Each quarter, IPM employees select a different charity for volunteers in all seven offices to dedicate their time and talents at locations in their communities. Projects generally focus on children, education, or the underprivileged. Through these efforts, IPM employees have raised thousands of dollars while contributing hundreds of hours to help those in need.