Four Heavenly Mountain Resort employees will soon head out to complete volunteer projects across the region as a part of the second class of Vail Resorts’ Epic Volunteers program.
The South Lake Tahoe contingency includes Sally Gunter, who will work with Kids and Horses in Minden, Nev., to help children and adults with special needs through equine-assisted therapy programs. The therapy outlets at Kids and Horses have shown to benefit the children’s strength, motor skills and self-esteem. Gunter will teach children’s horse lessons and help with various therapy activities.
“All I want to do is give back and help out someone who didn’t have a choice in their physical or mental state,” Gunter stated in a press release. “Equine therapy has been proven to help people, and with a previous history of working with horses and growing up on a ranch, I know it’s possible.”
The three other Heavenly Mountain Resort Epic Volunteers include Frank Papandrea, Clean Tahoe; and Nathan Del Pozo and Rebecca Strmiska, High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew, Thomas Edison Lake, Calif.
Vail Resorts created the Epic Volunteers program to provide employees with an enriching, in-depth opportunity to give back to communities close to the employees’ hearts, the release stated. The company provides 40 hours of paid time off for up to 50 year-round or seasonal employees each year, who in return volunteer with nonprofit organizations of their choice. This second class will contribute 840 hours of service to 18 nonprofit organizations.