Be A Part Of Our Team

A core value of Galloping Grace Youth Ranch is Community. We are committed to celebrating individuality and serving others. We create a place where individuals are celebrated, welcomed and belong. Be part of something that is bigger than you and join us in sharing talents, making friends, having fun, and serving others. We serve the community and can’t do it to our maximum potential without the help of our selfless community members like you.

Interested in getting involved with Galloping Grace Youth Ranch? We would love to have you! There are several different volunteer opportunities available. Whether you are an individual, or part of a corporation or other non-profit group, we have multiple opportunities for you or your group to get involved with Galloping Grace Youth Ranch. We will work with you or your group to customize your volunteer experience with Galloping Grace Youth Ranch to ensure that the tasks assigned are something you or your group want and are able to do.

If you have questions about our Volunteer Opportunities, please feel free to contact us at volunteers@ggyr.org

Volunteer Opportunities

At the Ranch:

General ranch tasks may include one or more of the following:  feeding, watering and caring for livestock, cleaning livestock pens, manure/trash/weed pickup, collecting and cleaning eggs for distribution, general ranch maintenance duties, gardening, painting, and building structures, such as greenhouses, chicken coups, pens, etc.

Food Recovery Program:

Help us divert food from going to landfills by doing one or more of these tasks: Driving to pick up food or spent grain at various locations; helping load at the Albuquerque Roadrunner Food Bank early mornings (~6-7:30 am); or working with us to create new opportunities to divert food from landfills.

Special Events

These extremely important fund raising activities for Galloping Grace Youth Ranch provide great opportunities for both groups and individuals to be part of a large community of volunteers:

 

Summer and Spring-Break Camps:

If you are 12 to 17 years old, you can be a part of the Summer Camp experience by becoming a Junior Leader.

If you are 18 years or older, Camp duties may include: greeting campers, addressing questions, ensuring the safety of youth at the ranch, assisting with camp activities, teaching youth about livestock, ranching and farming practices, etc.

This is a great opportunity for college students who are working toward a degree in education or for current teachers and teaching assistants.

Of course, we must ensure the safety of our campers by conducting a background check for all volunteers working with children.

Pork and Brew (at the Star Center in Rio Rancho):

The event runs the first weekend of July, typically 4th of July weekend. Duties may include: hauling materials from the ranch to the Star Center, and the set-up and tear-down of the Petting Zoo, Pig Races and other attractions. During the event, we’ll need assistance overseeing and managing the Petting Zoo, Pig Races and other attractions.

Pumpkin Patch (at the Star Center in Rio Rancho):

During set-up (September) and break-down (November) of the event, specific needs will vary, but tasks may include: hauling materials from the ranch to the Star Center, setting-up and breaking-down livestock pens, games, and other attractions. There are weekend set-up (September) and break-down (November) dates that are ideal for any individuals, or small to large groups. Over 500 volunteers contributed on these weekends last year. For those who are handy with tools and available during weekdays, we have special assignments to utilize your talents.

During the Pumpkin Patch (month of October), operational duties may include: greeting guests, cashiering, stocking pumpkins, running pumpkin wagons, livestock management, managing activities, and petting zoo or paintball management and admission collection.

Volunteer position may or may not require a background check. If so, submission of all required materials is mandatory for consideration.

All submissions are subject to denial.

Volunteer Orientation & Training:

Some volunteer positions require a mandatory 1-2 hour training session. The orientation provides an overview of GGYR’s mission, day-to-day ranch tasks, and safety protocol. Orientation and training for group volunteers and special event volunteers are also available but will be conducted on an as-needed basis.

Qualifications:

Volunteers are asked to represent GGYR in a friendly and professional way while interacting within the community. Some tasks may require manual labor and the ability to lift ~50 pounds. We will customize your volunteer experience to meet your individual or group needs.

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Benefits for Individuals

Gain satisfaction in helping children and achieving the GGYR Mission.

Develop pride in helping sustain our environment and food supply.

Gain sense of accomplishment in giving back to the community and paying forward to change the world for the better.

An opportunity to use and grow your talents for the good of the community.

A chance to have some fun!

A great way to meet new people and make friends.


Benefits for Groups

Group members gain satisfaction in helping others and being part of a serving community.

Promotes team building and camaraderie.

Enhances image as a socially responsible company/organization.

Builds morale, satisfaction, and retention.

Encourages improved communication.

Your company/organization is seen as a community partner helping to education children about agriculture, keeping food out of the landfills, and feeding hungry children and families in NM.

Provides leadership opportunities for team leads.

Encourages professional growth and networking.