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Helpers of Our Farm

Educational Farm Animal Sanctuary

aka HOOF   |   Bolivia, NC   |  www.hoofnc.org

Mission

HOOF’s mission is to provide intriguing educational programs and therapeutic programs through farm animals, many of which have been rescued, rehomed, adopted, and donated. With the help of these animals and Greenlands Farm, HOOF teaches homesteading, environmental science, animal science, and animal welfare. HOOF’s hope is to create a better world for animals and the environment through knowledge.

Notes from the nonprofit

Helpers Of Our Farm is passionate about our cause, our community, and the future. At HOOF, our animals perform an important job in the education of the community and saving the lives of other animals through this education. Our visitors play the important role of becoming ambassadors for animals through the education they receive. We look forward to growing and becoming a part of the lives of those we impact and those we are yet to reach. We are grateful for the support we receive from friends, volunteers, visitors, businesses, the media, and each other.

Helpers Of Our Farm:
People helping animals, animals helping people...we are all "helpers of our farm".

Ruling year info

2016

President

Maud Kelley

Main address

668 Midway Rd SE

Bolivia, NC 28422 USA

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EIN

47-4706187

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Agricultural, Youth Development (O52)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our farm provides a gap between learning and real life. Many individuals in our society lack hands on experiences, which are proven to create longer impressions. Reading about environmental impacts and seeing exactly how different systems work to help make a difference can not be replaced by written words. Recent studies have shown that affection for pets goes hand-in-hand with concern for the natural world. We believe that a society that is educated and exposed to animal kindness will benefit humans, animals, and the environment. Kindness makes us happier, healthier, and is contagious. We believe a society that is based around this will lead to less animal abuse and neglect. A look into animal shelters and sanctuaries will tell you the need for this education. We are here to give a hands on experience coupled with education to create positive memories that stay with individuals and influence lives.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Educational Farm Tours

Helpers Of Our Farm offers in-depth farm tours for the purpose of educating young children, young adults, and adults about animal science, animal welfare and kindness, and ownership responsibilities. We also focus on our environment and protecting it by making sustainable choices such as composting, recycling, eating organic, and more. Helpers Of Our Farm (HOOF) aims to be an outdoor classroom with out educational programs enhancing a students’ learning experience. All of our programs are designed to support academic standards, are age-appropriate, and include a variety of hands-on and inquiry based techniques.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Helpers Of Our Farm, in conjunction with Greenlands Farm, offers educational family experiences.

This is a fun and different family experience! We are hosting a series of instructional workshops for kids and parents centered on homesteading and the lifestyle of the Greenlands Farm family. The majority of the proceeds from this educational series benefits, Helpers Of Our Farm (HOOF), the nonprofit located on Greenlands Farm.

Our goal is to bring back old farming traditions and connect with what our world provides for us today. Greenlands Farm incorporates sustainabile practices into everyday life on the farm: permaculture, organic farming, composting, and rain cisterns. We believe these practices directly influence our impact on the environment, both on the farm and off. Greenlands Farm is a true homestead farm; we live off of what we produce: fruits, vegetables, and goats milk (for making goats milk soap). You and your child will be doing the same during the time you spend with us! Come get a "hands on” experience by milking our goats, grooming animals, picking vegetables, cooking with farm ingredients, and more. How cool is that?! Greenlands Farm is home to the rescue farm animals of HOOF who we use to educate children about each animal: needs, care, and respect. These animals teach valuable lessons that can be applied to many facets of life.

Creating awareness of sustainable and responsible practices through homestead farming is a step towards our children changing the future of our society. Our goal isn't to encourage you or your kids to be future farmers, but to share with you the joy and fulfillment of working hard, respecting the environment around us, and reaping the benefits. You and your child will learn teamwork, patience, and responsibility through Greenlands Farm’s homestead farm life: all skills that can be applied to life off the farm. Enrich your family and get an experience like no other!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

HOOF is growing its mobile outreach program where we educate all levels (young to old) about human relationships with animals by going into schools, nursing homes, businesses, and more. Our outreach program teaching curriculum is based on an animal’s basic needs, their capacity for love, and how to show kindness towards animals. Currently, our mobile outreach program curriculum is specific to goats, llamas, pigs, and ponies all of whom we trailer to an educational destination.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Seniors

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of sheltered animals

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

Educational Farm Tours

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We adopt and re-home farm animals in need of shelter.

Number of individuals in the target audience that expresses intent to adopt (or continue) desired behavior

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Family Learning Classes

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We teach kids about adopting a sustainable and humanely sensitive lifestyle and each kid is given hands on educational experiences to apply to their lives even though they don't live on a farm.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Educational Farm Tours

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Hands on experiences are proven to be critical to the learning process. Our petting farm is a platform for educating about rescue farm animals, kindness and responsibility: promote learning by doing.

Dollars donated to support advocacy efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We depend on donations from visitors and online to provide care and feed for our rescue animals, along with continuing our educational efforts in the community.

Number of new grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Educational Farm Tours

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

HOOF depends on grants to further the development of our educational programs and our facility, and also to provide care for our rescue animals.

Average price of field trip tickets

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Educational Farm Tours

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our field trips are an immersive educational experience offering hands on learning.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Whether adopted from other rescue organizations, donated from owners, or taking in an animal because the farm could provide a good home, these animals are now a part of our farm and have a new life. Greenlands Farm friends established Helpers of Our Farm (HOOF), a not for profit organization that supports these rescued animals and the education and services they provide. We are “Helpers of Our Farm" not only because these animals depend on humans to help them, but also because these animals help us by teaching us how to love, care, and learn from them. They perform an important task of educating visitors during our tours, petting farm, and farm classes. The goal has always been to integrate education into the lives of our community through the lives of these animals.

Helpers Of Our Farm works hard to be a part of the community, reaching out to media, schools, friends, businesses, nonprofits, and anyone who will help us spread the word. We teach through our social media accounts, newsletters, and our website, but our hope is to get the community to come meet these animals and connect with them. That connection will create an ambassador for them and their cause. We know if we can create ambassadors in the community who will help spread the important teachings at HOOF, we will change the lives of people and animals for the future.

The founders, volunteers, and staff of Helpers Of Our Farm are all experienced in love for animals. We are capable because this love drives us to teach and share with the community our important message. Our staff and volunteers includes experienced animal handlers and caregivers, marketing specialists, graphic designers, web designers, business owners, and other great skills that will aid HOOF in it's goals and strategies.

HOOF was started from scratch and funded by a farm family with a passion for education and animals. The infrastructure for the petting farm was built in 2011 and animals rescued and donated throughout the years, some needing rehabilitation. The educational boards were designed and printed, some with donations and some with grant money. More boards are added every year as we find more ways to educate in the farm sanctuary. HOOF has created a beautiful, safe, and peaceful habitat for their well deserving rescued and re-homed animals.

With additional funding, we hope to continue to grow our educational materials on-site, provide printed materials to take home, and create some natural and interactive play areas for our visitors. We also hope to send out an educational newsletter for children and adults to interact and learn from, keeping them connected to our rescue animals and keep educating them about adopting, rescuing, animal care, animal needs, and animal science.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Helpers of Our Farm

Board of directors
as of 09/18/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Maud Kelley

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Term: 2016 -

Heather Burkert

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Cheryl MacDonald

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Rhonda Hennis

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Marlaina Carmichael

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes