How do I volunteer my time, or the time of my child or group?
Volunteers are the life blood of what we do. Without the willingness to give of yourselves the Ranch wouldn’t be able to reach as many children as it does. God has put it in your heart to give and we really would like to be the place that welcomes you. Being a volunteer can be demanding at times. We have a training program that everyone who works with horses and children must pass. But the smile you will receive from a child will make it all worth while.
Some of the first children who were ministered to at the ranch came as volunteers. They were not coming for what they could get. They were coming to give. It was within the selfless and beautiful relationships between children and horses that we witnessed our first miracles here.
Dare To Dream Youth Ranch has rehabilitated 13 horses that many of the kids who come are able to ride. Volunteering is still a fundamental part of our program, and most riding sessions begin with a chore. This is usually 20-30 minutes where a leader and child work together mucking paddocks, pulling weeds, or working on various ranch projects. Involvement in these simple tasks builds value into the heart of a child.
We strive to teach our children that they can do something to improve the life of someone else. This fulfills an elementary need in every child’s heart. That is, the need to be needed. Oftentimes having this feeling of value is an integral part of a child’s healing.
We have many ways that you can volunteer at the ranch. Here are the definition of volunteers needed.
Session Leader: A volunteer who will work directly with the child and the horse.
Junior Leader: A volunteer who will assist the leader in there tasks. (runner) usually a youth.
Group Leader: Volunteers that want to come to the ranch and assist in projects. Great for family’s, Churches or Corporations. If a group Please let us know how many you expect to attend.
Prayer Leader: A volunteer who would like to lead the Prayer for either the morning or afternoon sessions at the ranch.
Horse Trainer: With the amount of horses we have training is always on going. We train using John Lyons like methods. Tell us your experience.
Groundskeeper: A person who is a do it yourselfer someone who can see things that need attention and fix them.
Office Help: Volunteers to help with the everyday office work, thank you cards emails contact lists etc ….
Craft Person: A volunteer who can assist the children in makeing thank you cards and other crafts.
There are other things volunteers can do so let us know what you like and we can assist you in finding a spot.
ATTN: Due to the nature of what we do at the Dare To Dream Youth Ranch all volunteers will be subject to a background check.
Please click on a link blow that corresponds with the type of volunteer work you would like to do. Once you click on it you will be given an option to print or save it in PDF form. Please fill these out and then call the ranch to set up a visit. When you come for that first visit please turn in your packet and the 15 dollars for a back ground check. You will then be given a tour and an in-depth description of the job you want to volunteer for. Once you back ground check clears a staff member from the ranch will be in contact with you to get you started.
For leaders over 16 the Individual Packet is for you. Under 16 the Youth packet is for you. If your a group then you would want the group packet, and for those youth volunteers that are coming from another area the youth away packet would be the one you would download.