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BB&T Lighthouse Project

The Ranch is volunteer driven.  It takes over 3500 volunteer hours each year to care for the needs of the animals and 45 acre facility.  The team-based volunteer culture is a fun, safe place to experience community with each other and giving back to others.

Want more information on volunteering?   Contact Josie Conner,  Volunteer Coordinator.

After attending a volunteer clinic, all volunteers must complete a volunteer application and liability release form. *Everyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult*

Equine Care Givers are responsible for feeding, cleaning pastures/stalls and moving animals.  The Equine Care Givers must have a good working knowledge and skills with horses.  There is a shadow /training program and a written test/practical that must be completed before working independently.  These volunteers must be 16 and older, have at least four plus years of horse experience, be willing to work weekends, and able to lift fifty pounds. This requires a regularly scheduled commitment of three to five hours per week.

Ranch Hands help with building and ground maintenance.    Small construction projects, landscaping, repairing fence, servicing the vehicles, etc are important jobs that keep the Ranch safe for horses and children.  Hours are flexible, seasonally/as needed by the ranch. Must have construction background knowledge, access to power tools.

Program Volunteers work with the Educational Programs, Ranch Runners, actors for the Reader’s Theatre, Low Ropes course groups, Birthday Parties, etc and provide leadership and mentoring while children are at the Ranch.  A training/shadowing program prepares you for working with children.  No horse experience is necessary. Hours are seasonal- educational programs, Ranch Runners, and Reader’s Theatre are 8:30 am-12:30pm during the week. Birthday parties and low ropes course groups are generally on the weekends.

Special Event Volunteers help with fundraising and large events hosted by the Ranch.  These are seasonal and require lots of hands to make it successful.  Examples would be:  table/chair set up, cleaning, registration, working the merchandise table, giving tours, food manager, etc.  It is great to have a list of willing hands to call on during these events.

Have a special talent or gift that you would like to offer the Ranch?  Contact us today.