— A group of 23 volunteers who call themselves the "23 V's" showed up in force at Marley's Mission recently.
Group founder Joan Murphy of Clarks Summit said making a difference in the community was on her "bucket list" so she recruited a group of 22 friends and family to join her at the start of 2012.
Each month the group selects one non-profit organization or charity and donates their time and talents.
Their hope is that, being such a large group, they can really make an impact.
They did just that at Marley's Mission, a non-profit organization that provides equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) free of charge to children who have experienced trauma.
Marley's Mission Equestrian Specialist Terri Schantz said, "They arrived promptly at 10 a.m., rolled up their sleeves, and went to town. The first group cleaned and organized our tack room, both barns, and our Volpe Center building. A second set of women came in like a fresh country breeze and cleaned out our waiting room and therapy offices. They didn't leave until all our Halloween decorations were hung. We thank the wonderful ladies of the 23 V's for all their tremendous help."
Joan sent an email to the Mission later that day stating, "We had a BALL!"
If your non-profit organization is in need of the 23 V's contact Joanie Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marley's Mission is a non-profit organization that provides equine-based therapy free of charge to children, and their families, who have experienced trauma.
Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) has shown evidenced-based efficacy in patients who have experience abuse and now suffer with depression, anxiety and other symptoms as a result of abuse. Research and observational findings have shown EAP yields a variety of psychotherapeutic benefits such as: confidence; self-efficacy; self-concept; communication; anxiety reduction, and most importantly, trust.