CPA Day of Service at The Corral


Hanging with the Horses for CPA Day of Service

CPA Day of Service

CPA Day of Service

Last Friday, September 20th, was CPA Day of Service, sponsored by the NCACPA.  All CPA firms in North Carolina were encouraged to volunteer for a community organization of their choice, (you could work as a group or as individuals) and you could commit the whole day or just a few hours volunteering.  We participated last year in 2012 at Life Experiences in Cary and had a great time.  This year we went to The Corral Riding Academy.  The Corral is a non-profit that works with at-risk teenage girls by pairing them with horses that have been rescued from their unsafe environment. 

The Corral

The Corral

The girls learn how to take care of the horse, engage with the horses through chores and “life on the farm” and also get help with schoolwork, tutoring and successful life skills. I love The Corral and have been personally involved with them over the past few years.  I believe in the work they are doing, I enjoy their staff, their location is great (close to our house) and I always enjoy being on the farm with the horses. 

Mending the fence

Becca mending the fence

Marinna Jasso, the Volunteer Coordinator, at The Corral, worked with me a few weeks in advance on planning our CPA Day of Service.  On Friday morning, Alicia, Cam, Blake and I showed up at The Corral farm for a half-day of volunteering.   Our first project was to work on a fence between Field 1 and Field 2 by securing the wire fence into place on the stakes.  The horses, one in particular, (the little white pony) was having fun running from one field to the next by cutting through the fence.  So we had to fix that. 

Fencing building

Blake & Cam Fencing building

It started to rain while we were working, but Marinna brought us some ponchos and we kept on fixing the fence.  Our next project was to build a temporary pasture around back near Field 3 so the horses could have some new grassy areas to graze.  This took a bit of coordination and some use of farm/fencing equipment that can be a little foreign to a group of ‘office workers’.  But we had fun and learned a lot about taking care of a farm & horses!  The horses were beautiful and were very friendly.  They came right up to us and wanted lots of attention! 

Alicia digging soil samples

Alicia digging soil samples

Our final project was to take soil samples from three of the fields and box them for testing at NC State.  This required us to dig three holes on each field, then mix the soil together and box it up for the sampling.  Not such an easy job when parts of the field had really hard ground.   The NCACPA provided nice green CPA Day of Service t-shirts for everyone to wear.  They also held a photo contest again this year and the winner will be on the front of the NCACPA magazine.  While we didn’t win last year, we did make it into the magazine.  This YEAR though, we are hoping to WIN and be on the front cover!  Below are the two pictures that we’ve submitted for the contest…what do you think??  Winner Winner right!?!?

Contest Photo 1

Contest Photo 1

Contest Photo 2

Contest Photo 2


Thanks to The Corral for letting Smith & Smith, CPA come to the farm on Friday for CPA Day of Service.  We enjoyed it so much! 

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