Community Service Means Good Business

Grayson McGibney, age 9, is a Hope Reins Ambassador

Founded in 2008, Hope Reins of New Smyrna Beach, Florida provides traditional therapeutic riding and other equine-assisted activities to assist children and adults with a wide range of disabilities, including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, neuromuscular disorders, post-traumatic brain injury, autism, ADHD and cognitive disorders.

Linda Murphy, Hope Reins Ambassador takes part in the annual horse show fundraiser.

We also offer programs for veterans and at-risk youth, allowing for healing and emotional growth in an environment that is tranquil and supportive.

All of our services are offered on a sliding scale and participants are welcome to apply for scholarships through Hope Reins.

Thomas Buller, Hope Reins Ambassador takes part in the annual horse show fundraiser.

Horses are natural empaths and excellent “four-legged therapists.” Our staff are certified professionals who are assisted by an army of incredible volunteers.

As a federally registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Hope Reins relies heavily upon volunteers and a generous community of contributors to fulfill our mission of helping those who can most benefit from spending time on the ranch.

Lorie Sparks, Hope Reins Ambassador takes part in the annual horse show fundraiser.

We are grateful to our corporate sponsors, including Cognitive Kinetics Inc. Daytona Beach, Progressive Medical Research, Rue and Ziffra, Jeep Beach and Security First Insurance.

We are also deeply appreciative of the support we receive from Seminole Feeds, Tribute Feeds, Tomoka Equine Practice and a long list of individual donors.

To learn more about our programs, including how you can support our work, please visit us online at

Ormond Beach water aerobics
Dr. Terry Livingston, Medical Director, Advent Health Palm Coast

The Volusia Flagler Family YMCA is a part of a nonprofit organization of over 2,700 Ys located in 10,000 communities across the United States dedicated to strengthening the communities that they serve. Their mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Ormond Beach Family YMCA Phase I Ground Breaking

The Y focuses on developing the potential of youth, improving individual health and well being and giving back to and supporting communities. The community’s participation brings about meaningful change in the lives of everyone involved, but they can’t do it alone.

Paul Schandel, Reames Employee Benefits Solutions, Priscilla Chanfrau, Adams, Cameron & Co. Realtors

Since the Y is a not-for-profit organization, it relies on grants, private donations and the support of patrons to meet its annual expenses. For example, in 2018 the organization received an ECHO grant for $237,900 for a playground and splash park project in Ormond Beach. This year, they received an ECHO grant for a new playground in Ormond Beach, which was just completed in September.

The time, talent and treasures of community members and businesses such as Charlie Lydecker, the Volusia Flagler YMCA’s board chair and President & CEO at Foundation Risk Partners, are essential to the success and longevity of the Y’s positive impact on the people in Volusia County and beyond. Another key business partner with the Y is Halifax Health. The company not only has a partnership with the Y through its Health Living Centers, but employees at Halifax Health also volunteer with the Y, such as Rafael Ramerez, who serves on the Y’s finance committee and Kent Bailey, the Y’s former Board Chair.

By welcoming people from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations, the Y ensures everyone has access to the opportunities, relationships and resources necessary to learn, grow and thrive.

Each year, millions of people of all ages and backgrounds engage with their local Y for everything from childcare and job training to fitness and water safety.


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