Every spring Clark Realty selects a group of Hawaii Island nonprofit organizations as grant recipients of our annual Clark Realty Corporation Community Fund (CRCCF) drive. Created in 2005 as a component fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation, the mission of CRCCF is to support local programs that promote the arts, healthy lifestyles, environmental awareness, and lifelong learning for Big Island residents.
This past May, six organizations across the island were selected from the many nominees we received from Clark Realty agents. In the coming weeks we’ll introduce you to this year’s grantees, describing their various programs and the inspiring ways they are aiding others throughout our island community.
We invite our friends, family, clients, and fellow community members to participate with us in supporting these worthwhile groups. Each organization selected as a CRCCF grantee is a program with a proven track record of providing substantial positive benefit in its area of outreach. As you get to know our 2015 grantees, we hope you’ll consider joining with us to support these inspiring Hawaii Island programs by contributing to CRCCF 2015.
Here’s a look at the first of our six grantees:
Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii – 2015 CRCCF Grantee
Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii–Kona (THH-Kona) is a therapeutic equestrian program for children and adults with mental and physical disabilities. Horseback riding helps participants build self-confidence; increases coordination, physical strength, balance, and flexibility; as well as improve communication skills. It’s truly heart warming to see the interaction between the riders and horses!
Created in 1983, Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii operates two riding programs on Hawaii Island–one in Kona and the other in Honoka‘a. Adhering to the highest industry standards for safety, professionalism, animal care, and facility maintenance, THH-Kona is a PATH International Premier Accredited Center. There are three PATH International registered therapeutic riding instructors affiliated with the program, including THH-Kona manager Nancy Bloomfield, who is also a physical therapist.
THH-Kona operates on Sundays at the Horseplay Equestrian Center, a professional riding academy and horse-boarding facility about eight miles south of Kailua-Kona in Honalo, For each riding lesson, the riders are paired with one of the program’s five responsive horses and three ponies. Adaptive equipment is also used to ensure full accessibility. For instance, a rider who is paralyzed might use certain type of reins and there’s a wheelchair mounting ramp for those unable to mount from the ground.
As a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, THH-Kona relies on community support. Your contributions help provide their horses with great care, their riders with quality instructors, and their volunteers a great place to share their talents.
THH-Kona was nominated by Jean Gray R(S) of our Keauhou office. If you’d like to join us in supporting Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii-Kona, please consider making a donation to CRCCF 2015.
To learn more about Clark Realty’s Community Fund and how to contribute, visit the About CRCCF page.