Borrowed Freedom Equine Assisted Therapies and Activities, Inc.

Borrowed Freedom Equine Assisted Therapies and Activities, Inc. strives to offer a meaningful experience that will enhance wellness, build life skills and bring great joy and self-esteem to children, adults and families with physical, developmental, intellectual, emotional or socioeconomic special needs. We do this by providing funding for equine (horse)/animal assisted activities, agricultural and environmental learning opportunities, and the development of innovative, beneficial projects. We believe that in fostering the wellness and independence that develops through the beneficial relationships between people, animals and the environment we can make a positive impact on our community and...
Jan 13, 2015

Happy New Year from Borrowed Freedom

Thank you from all of us at Borrowed Freedom!
Thank you from all of us at Borrowed Freedom!

Holiday New Year from the Borrowed Freedom program!

It's hard to believe that 2015 is here, and we finished the year on globalgiving.org raising more than $4000! We are so very, very grateful to you all. 

With the new year here, and this project fully funded for the scholarships awarded in 2014, it is time to retire it and begin our work for 2015. We are so hopeful that we will be able to reach our goal and serve 10 children this year! 

There has been a lot of good done in 2014, including the official launches of two of our most important programs to date, the HOPE on Horseback program, and the Willis Ashley Foley, Jr. Warriors and War Horses program for Veterans and their families. Both these new programs have current microprojects on Globalgiving.org, so if you visit our profile you can receive more information, and of course, we appreciate your shares, Facebook “likes” and more.

We finished off the year
serving 32 individuals with 26 weeks of programming. It was a challenging year for our organization, and like most, we saw a dramatic decrease in our funding. But we remained true to our commitment to serve and were able to do some truly wonderful things, and in the end, that's the true measure of an organizations success! And serving 30+ individuals with full scholarships is something we are very proud of!

To make dollars stretch further, our host farm, Epona Farm Sanctuary, has obtained their 501c3 non-profit status. Epona Farm Sanctuary has provided scholarship based services including Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding for the Borrowed Freedom Equine Assisted Therapies program since 2008. Our partnership was the first in the Southern Tier of NY to offer a comprehensive Equine Assisted Learning and Mental Health program in 2009, and continues to be the largest provider of these vital, life changing services. Together we created and facilitate HOPE on Horseback, the Willis Ashely Foley Jr. Warriors and War Horses program for Veterans, and the Excelsior Thoroughbred Advancement Program. Borrowed Freedom is now able to narrow its focus and mission to supporting those with demonstrated need, and providing the funding for them to receive the services they need at Epona Farm. Epona Farm Sanctuary Foundation, Inc. will focus their mission on providing the outstanding care they always have to horses who have found themselves in need of rescue due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, and displacement. And to providing an environment that is carefully tended to provide stimulation for all the senses, and immersion into the natural world, which is the premise to all of our programming. We look forward to achieving great things together for the community in 2015, and beyond.

On a personal note, Allyson Cheechalk, who has been by my side since 2008 as my biggest supporter, my “voice of reason”, and the best Assistant Instructor (and daughter) a person could ask for, achieved something momentous, The Presidents Call To Service Award. The President's Call to Service Award is awarded by the President of the United States to people who have completed more than 4,000 hours of community service. It is the highest level of the President's Volunteer Service Award and signifies a lifetime achievement. Since 2007 she given nearly 7,000 hours of service to her community. We are so very proud of her, and so thrilled that she has agreed to not only remain supporting Borrowed Freedom in its endevours, but also taking charge of the newly formed Epona Farm Sanctuary Foundation as its President and Executive Director. Allyson will graduate next year with her BA in Psychology with a double minor in Sociology and Terrorism Studies. She will begin her MPA with a focus on Organizational Management in the fall of 2015.

So it has been a whirlwind this year, and we have seen some powerful and awesome work done on the farm in 2014. As we retire this project for the year, I find myself looking back on all the memories made, happiness, personal triumphs, and goals met. Each year I say “WOW! This was the BEST YEAR YET!” and I am saying it again this year too! But I know in my heart that it is one in a pattern of best years, one that will help lay the foundation for 2015 to be the best, and for the years that will follow. This was also the best year yet because so many have chosen to continue the journey with us, while we welcomed so many new friends and supporters too. Building an organization is hard, but it is easier when you know you are built from a solid foundation of support.

We cannot thank you enough for being their for our clients in 2014!

 

Sincerely,

Colleen Cheechalk

Executive Director and Founder

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Jan 6, 2015

30 day update from Borrowed Freedom

Greetings from cold and blustery upstate NY! Winter has set in for real now, and we have been hard at work...inside...reviewing our first 30 days of progress on our microproject.

One word really can sum it up, WOW!

We launched this program the first week in December of 2014, and within the first 30 days we received $3,262 toward our goal of $5,000. We would like to make a special note of appreciation to the employees of VMware. We are so honored that so many chose our program to support in December, it really means the world to us. And our heartfelt thanks to VMware, of course, for their commitment to charitable giving through corporate giving campaigns!

I cannot begin to tell you how good it feels to know that in January I can meet with our local Veteran's Center to award vouchers for the initial 10 Veterans, with more to come. If our project is fully funded, we will be able to deliver 8 weeks of equine assisted mental health wellness programming to 20 Veterans in our community...at no cost. That's 20 life changing opportunities! We are just so humbled by generosity!

I will update you all monthly as we go along, and I will be sharing a special report toward the end of this month when we deliver the scholarship award to our Veterans Center too.

Thank you so much for helping us make this possible, we could not do it without you!



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Dec 22, 2014

Happy Holidays From The Borrowed Freedom Program!

Winning ribbons at the Chemug County Fair!
Winning ribbons at the Chemug County Fair!

Holiday Greetings from the Borrowed Freedom program!

It's hard to believe that another year is quickly coming to an end, and that it has been three years for us here on globalgiving.org too! We began our journey during the Winter Open Challenge in 2011, and while it looked pretty bleak for a while (I think there were two or three days when I didn't sleep! HA!), we finished up strong and reached our goals of more than 5,000 and more than 40 donors. I remember after that challenge I though to myself “whew! That was a wild ride! There is NO WAY we could EVER do that again!”. Well, look at us now, three years later, with some of our original supporters still along with us for that ride. We are so very, very grateful to you all.

There has been a lot of good done this year, including the official launches of two of our most important programs to date, the HOPE on Horseback program, and the Willis Ashley Foley, Jr. Warriors and War Horses program for Veterans and their families. Both these new programs have current microprojects on Globalgiving.org, so if you visit our profile you can receive more information, and of course, we appreciate your shares, Facebook “likes” and more.

We also welcomed a new team member! Her name is Indigo Sky “Harper”, and she is just a gem of a horse. Allyson purchased her last November after falling in love with her. She had no plans of bringing her into the program, but once we saw how she interacted with the children and families...well...let's just say that she was certainly born for this work! She will be completing her training this winter while the program sleeps so she can be ready to start once the program begins again in the spring.

We finished off the year serving 32 individuals with 26 weeks of programming. It was a challenging year for our organization, and like most, we saw a dramatic decrease in our funding. But we remained true to our commitment to serve and were able to do some truly wonderful things, and in the end, that's the true measure of an organizations success! And serving 30+ individuals with full scholarships is something we are very proud of!

To make dollars stretch further, our host farm, Epona Farm Sanctuary, has obtained their 501c3 non-profit status. Epona Farm Sanctuary has provided scholarship based services including Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding for the Borrowed Freedom Equine Assisted Therapies program since 2008. Our partnership was the first in the Southern Tier of NY to offer a comprehensive Equine Assisted Learning and Mental Health program in 2009, and continues to be the largest provider of these vital, life changing services. Together we created and facilitate HOPE on Horseback, the Willis Ashely Foley Jr. Warriors and War Horses program for Veterans, and the Excelsior Thoroughbred Advancement Program. Borrowed Freedom is now able to narrow its focus and mission to supporting those with demonstrated need, and providing the funding for them to receive the services they need at Epona Farm. Epona Farm Sanctuary Foundation, Inc. will focus their mission on providing the outstanding care they always have to horses who have found themselves in need of rescue due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, and displacement. And to providing an environment that is carefully tended to provide stimulation for all the senses, and immersion into the natural world, which is the premise to all of our programming. We look forward to achieving great things together for the community in 2015, and beyond.

On a personal note, Allyson Cheechalk, who has been by my side since 2008 as my biggest supporter, my “voice of reason”, and the best Assistant Instructor (and daughter) a person could ask for, achieved something momentous, The Presidents Call To Service Award. The President's Call to Service Award is awarded by the President of the United States to people who have completed more than 4,000 hours of community service. It is the highest level of the President's Volunteer Service Award and signifies a lifetime achievement. Since 2007 she given nearly 7,000 hours of service to her community. We are so very proud of her, and so thrilled that she has agreed to not only remain supporting Borrowed Freedom in its endevours, but also taking charge of the newly formed Epona Farm Sanctuary Foundation as its President and Executive Director. Allyson will graduate next year with her BA in Psychology with a double minor in Sociology and Terrorism Studies. She will begin her MPA with a focus on Organizational Management in the fall of 2015.

So it has been a whirlwind this year, and we have seen some powerful and awesome work done on the farm in 2014. Each year I say “WOW! This was the BEST YEAR YET!” and I am saying it again this year too! But I know in my heart that it is one in a pattern of best years, one that will help lay the foundation for 2015 to be the best, and for the years that will follow. This was also the best year yet because so many have chosen to continue the journey with us, while we welcomed so many new friends and supporters too. Building an organization is hard, but it is easier when you know you are built from a solid foundation of support. We cannot thank you enough for being their for our clients in 2014!

May your holidays be filled with love, hope, and peace and my you New Year be the brightest and most beautiful ever.

Sincerely,
Colleen Cheechalk

Executive Director and Founder

Pre-ride pep talk!
Pre-ride pep talk!
Having some fun on the Equicizer, "Dumplin"
Having some fun on the Equicizer, "Dumplin"
Working on our balance in the fall sunshine
Working on our balance in the fall sunshine

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