Coachella Valley Horse Rescue was thrilled when two air conditioning units were donated to the nonprofit organization by Tarkett, based in Solon, Ohio. The AC units were installed in the ranch’s clubhouse, where the nonprofit teaches kids 7–18 years-old equine education during summer camp. However, after the AC units were installed, organization representatives – which spend all year rescuing, rehabilitating and finding loving homes for neglected and abused horses – were faced with the reality that they needed to upgrade the facility in order to efficiently cool the clubhouse, even with the new AC units. The organization appealed to its supporters, who contacted the Auen Foundation.
“We never want to be a rescue facility that needs to be rescued,” said David DiMeno, President of Coachella Valley Horse Rescue and Coachella Valley Mounted Rangers. “The Auen Foundation helped make this possible. Now we can start summer camp with a cool clubhouse and then use it all year long as we continue to educate the community.”
The Auen Foundation provided a grant to insulate a portion of the clubhouse, add an interior wall, install a sliding glass door, drop a portion of the ceiling and redo lighting within the lower ceiling. All of the upgrades – to increase the facility’s maximum cooling potential – were managed by Superior Heating and Air Conditioning.
“Often, projects are best accomplished through a partnership,” said Catharine Reed, Senior Program Officer for the Auen Foundation. “Coachella Valley Horse Rescue found that an air conditioner donation was not enough. They discovered they also needed additional upgrades in order for the AC units to run most efficiently. We are happy we could help this organization that helps many animals and people in a number of ways.”
The primary mission of Coachella Valley Horse Rescue is to rescue and care for abused and neglected horses and find them safe homes. In addition, the organization partners with other nonprofit organizations throughout the Coachella Valley to educate children and adults about animal cruelty and equine education.
Beginning June 12, Coachella Valley Horse Rescue is offering three 3‑day summer camp sessions. Campers learn to ride and care for horses daily from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. at the organization’s 8‑acre facility in Indio. And, now, classroom time will be especially cool – thanks to the grant from the Auen Foundation.
For more information about Coachella Valley Horse Rescue or the summer camp call 760–808-6279 or go to cvhorserescue.org, or email the summer camp director at [email protected].