On January 13, 2022, I celebrated my one-month anniversary as the Executive Director for LTR. Working alongside the amazing staff and volunteers at LTR has been a humbling experience for me. It is like nowhere that I have ever worked. Each day I wake up energized and motivated to come to work and make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. I feel truly honored to be a part of your team and am looking forward to a long partnership together.
In this issue of Horsepower, I have been given the privilege to share some key accomplishments from 2021.
Time, talents, and treasures are key factors in any nonprofit organization but when you combine these things with the “Healing Power of Horses”, you create an unstoppable recipe for success!
Volunteer time and support have always been the key factor in helping LTR thrive, and I am proud to report that in 2021 LTR benefited from 7,892 hours of volunteer support. To put this into perspective that amounts to $225,237.68 of in-kind time donated to us. That is an outstanding figure by all accounts, and you should all be proud. We truly appreciate your efforts.
A portion of these volunteer hours were dedicated to providing 157 hours of service to military veterans who are resolving their challenges related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury they incurred in the line of duty while protecting our great nation. As a member of this family of 19 million veterans across the United States and a disabled veteran myself, this hits close to my heart and I am looking forward to doing more to support our heroes in the years ahead.
The last area that I will touch upon today is your unwavering financial commitment to LTR. As we all know, the past two years have seen unprecedented global and economic instability which has unfortunately led to many nonprofit organizations across the country closing their doors permanently. Thankfully, this has not been the case at LTR. Amid this global struggle, you came closer together than ever before and purchased our “forever home”. In the worst pandemic in recorded history, you raised more than $300,000 to make the purchase of the farm a reality. The words to describe how unique and unusual this is escape me. I can just say thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything that you do for LTR, from our major donors who go that extra mile to insure we are taken care of to our hard-core supporters who may not have a dollar to spend on themselves, but somehow find a dollar to support LTR, THANK YOU ALL!! We genuinely appreciate every penny and use them to achieve the utmost results for our participants and our equine partners. Until next time…
Yours In Service,