THANK YOU for your interest in volunteering with Freedom Reigns Ranch. The Ranch operates entirely on volunteers and without you, we could not exist!
The application process is simple but can be a little lengthy. We want to ensure that volunteers have a heart for those the Ranch serves and we want to ensure the best fit for you within this ministry.
Let’s debunk two myths before we go any further:
I have to be a horse professional to volunteer.
God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called! We’ve seen multiple times how volunteers who have little to no horse savvy come to the Ranch wanting to help, and it’s amazing how the Holy Spirit allows a supernatural ability to learn quickly and completely. If you are a horse professional, you also have a lot to offer, but each Ranch does things differently. Come with a heart to learn and you have all the prerequisites for volunteering!
I have to be a counseling professional to be a session leader.
If you have a heart for those who are hurting, can share Jesus and unconditional love with participants, you are already 95% there! Though some of our session leaders are professionals with extensive letters behind their name, most of our session leaders are simply those who have a heart for the broken.
There are four primary ongoing volunteer roles:
1) Session Leaders - Commitment: series of six training sessions plus 6 months as a leader, 2-4 days per month (or more if desired). Self-Submitted background check required. Activities include planning and leading Sessions, involvement with Mentor Groups, leading RA's, helping with farm chores.
2) Ranch Assistants (RA's) - Commitment: series of four training sessions plus 1 season, 2 days per month (or more if desired). Self-Submitted background check required. Activities include greeting/welcoming guests and participants, assisting session leaders if help is needed (though not actually leading sessions), help with horse feeding and barn keeping/chores if needed.
3) Horse Care Team - Commitment: series of four training sessions plus 1 season, 2 days per month (or more if desired). Self-Submitted background check required. Activities include feeding and grooming horses, picking feet and applying hoof treatments, basic wound care, cleaning tack, mucking stalls, and general barn-keeping.
4) Barn Team - Commitment: series of two training sessions plus 1 season, 2 days per month (or more if desired). Self-Submitted background check required. Activities include nonhorse-facing tasks like weed eating, landscaping and gardening, heavy equipment work, cleaning and conditioning tack, throwing hay during the fall and winter, general barn-keeping (dusting, raking, cleaning, and organizing), building projects, and helping with the general stewardship of the Ranch.
Seasons are as follows:
Spring - March/April/Part of May
Summer - Part of May/June/July/First part of August
Fall - Part of September/October/November/First Week in December
Statement of Faith
Freedom Reigns Ranch is a faith-based organization. Though we are not associated with any particular denomination, our Founders, Board of Directors, as well as core Volunteers believe in Jesus Christ, His saving work on the cross, the power of the Holy Spirit, the sovereignty of God and live our lives as such. We believe that our faith is best demonstrated as we “live it out” by being the hands and feet of Jesus to the participants that come to the Ranch.
We serve all participants and our fellow volunteers with the understanding that we are all created equal, as God’s children. We operate under the principles taught in scripture and conduct ourselves in accordance with the Word. All training, programs, and the structure of how we operate at the Ranch is structured according to this core belief.