Why Volunteer at Reigning Grace Ranch?
I asked a volunteer once at the ranch, what made her willing to give up every Saturday to help kids and to help others? Her response quite simply was, “because, I’m selfish, I like the way it makes me feel.”
In these times of media, technology and questionable actions by our country’s leadership, we feel somewhat hopeless and helpless with an unknown future ahead of us. I can assure you, that you are not hopeless or helpless because you can make a positive impact if you choose to. Don’t be the person standing on the sidelines complaining about our education system or “kids these days.” Get up and do something about it! That is one of the beautiful gifts that we have been given in the United States, to see something that needs change and create change.
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
Volunteering for me is the offering of self for the improvement of others. From an early age, I give credit to my parents, for having the heart to leave things better than they were when they found it. Growing up we didn’t have the financial means to spend money on expensive outings and vacations. But instead, my family made adventurous excursions of going into the Arizona desert where people left trash, and with our trash bags in hand, the family would develop strong relationships piece by piece picking up shards of broken glass, cans, torn cardboard and anything that was abandoned to make the world a better place.
I didn’t realize it at the time, and I am sure they didn’t either, that they set a ball rolling that would impact the lives of hundreds of children and families that were broken and looking for hope when they implanted the heart for change in me.
Eight years ago, God gave My husband Christopher and I a vision to begin a pretty special little ranch, Reigning Grace Ranch, a non-profit organization that is 100% volunteer based, 100% donor based and 100% free to at possibility youth and families. We are a ranch where broken dreams are made whole again, we are a ranch where the world is not allowed in and we are a ranch of 2nd chances.
At this ranch, we rescue horses from neglectful or abandonment situations, rehabilitate them and pair them with an Arizona Foster Kid or at-possibility youth, in an incredible mentorship program that teaches life skill and lost cowboy principals that are crucial to creating successful, confident kids.
I encourage you, to figure out what makes your heart beat and where you wish to see change and plug into your community! It may not be at a youth ranch but it may be serving the homeless, our veterans, church missions, etc. You will be better for it and so will your community.
I challenge you to be selfish and make an impact in your community!