Our Equines for Freedom Third Annual Wine Festival Fundraiser Volunteers

On June 30th, 2018, our CBI Cares Team faced the heat and volunteered their Saturday to support Equines for Freedom’s Third Annual Wine Festival, one of the nonprofit’s biggest fundraising events. Proceeds from this event fund EFF’s mission:

“To provide equine-assisted PTSD treatment to current and former U.S. service members, regardless of the source of trauma or their characterization of service, at no charge to the service member.”

By utilizing one of the most effective treatments available, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), EFF has treated over 19 veterans, including those who served in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. This nontraditional approach amalgamates a licensed mental health professional, a certified equine specialist, and a therapy horse “to create a research-based treatment model which strives to resolve emotional difficulties caused by disturbing, difficult, or frightening life experiences.” According to EFF, “The horse is an integral part of treatment because horses are prey animals and therefore are extremely alert and sensitive to the emotions of those around them. Clients learn to identify their own emotional state by observing the horse’s reactions. The horse also helps the client stay grounded as they process past traumas.”

As stated on EFF’s website, “PTSD is a serious issue that needs everyone’s attention as it is estimated that there are 22 veteran suicides per day due to unresolved emotional difficulties. EFF set out to reduce veteran suicide and has worked diligently to fund well equipped treatment teams. The EFF board of directors is a group of volunteers working tirelessly to find funding through local fund raisers, community support, and a few grants.”

Equines for Freedom volunteer opportunities are available! Learn more about the organization and consider donating your time or making a monetary contribution today!


Let us know what you’re doing in your very own community! The CBI Cares team is always looking for more opportunities to give, so send your local nonprofit’s information to khenry@creativebenefitsinc.com.