Volunteer Your Time and Expertise
Volunteers have played a significant role in creating the Down Home Ranch we know today. From the old shacks torn down and removed by church volunteers from Cameron and Austin, to the last nail in the newest home in The Village, the sweat and hard work of each of our volunteers has allowed Down Home Ranch to provide a place where people with disabilities live, learn and grow into more independent adults
“Some people say, ‘you have done so much out here at Down Home Ranch,’ but of course we didn’t. Jerry and I had a vision and other people built it.” — Judy Horton
Current volunteer opportunities
Day Program is seeking volunteers to share their time and talent with Ranchers, Monday through Friday 9:00am-5:00pm. There is opportunity to conduct a one time workshop or be part of our ongoing course schedule, by developing and leading a weekly course for 12 weeks. Take advantage of being part of the Down Home Ranch community by sharing the things that interest you.
Residential is seeking volunteers to support Ranchers to have more individual and small group experiences in the community, after 5:00pm weekdays and anytime on weekends. During these times a volunteer might lead a game night here on the Ranch, provide transportation for a date night to go line dancing or check out the latest movie at a local theater. This flexible volunteer opportunity allows for volunteers who work typical job schedules to share their time, develop friendships and support Ranchers to have more typical experiences in the community.
If either of these opportunities excite you, we’d love to learn more about you and invite you to get started today by submitting a volunteer application and acknowledgement of background investigation. After completing your application, please email it to [email protected]. A staff member will contact you shortly thereafter.
We hear it time and time again as people leave the Ranch, “When do I get to come back?” Well, as a volunteer, leaving the Ranch just means you’ll have to get back faster next time!
What Do Volunteers Do For Down Home Ranch?
We’re always looking for folks with special skills, energy, dedication and enthusiasm. Each and every minute our volunteers spend at the Ranch changes the future for people with disabilities.
You can help the Ranch by teaching a class for the Ranchers, helping us grow our own food, cutting down trees to prevent wildfires or helping our Development Office with data entry or special events.
As you might imagine, we have many opportunities, ranging from a few hours a month to a few hours on just one day — opportunities for just you or for a group you’re a member of. Whatever your area of expertise, your schedule or the size of your group, there’s a place for you on the Ranch!
So, if you love the country lifestyle and also enjoy being around, working with and helping people with Down syndrome and other disabilities, then send us an email at [email protected] and let us know how you’d enjoy helping out at Down Home Ranch.
There are no concrete qualifications — we believe everyone can contribute and add value to our community. We want to learn about your interests, so we can match you with a meaningful volunteer experience. Each individual’s time and talents can be used to further the mission of Down Home Ranch; however, training may be required depending upon the volunteer position available.
During the week, our day program runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm and most volunteers work during this time. If your schedule prevents you from volunteering on weekdays, some weekend opportunities are available. Don’t live in the area or can’t make it out to the Ranch very often? There are times when we may be able to accommodate “virtual” volunteers.
Does Down Home Ranch Offer Internships?
Yes! Down Home Ranch offers a wide variety of opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students seeking on-the-job training in a unique environment. We encourage students to email us at [email protected] with questions.
Down Home Ranch is flexible and will strive to accommodate educational requirements. Here are some examples of college majors which could be easily integrated into our operations:
Agriculture: Animal Husbandry, Horticulture, Organic & Traditional Food Production
Business: Accounting, Corporate and Non Profit Business Administration
Communications: Marketing, Journalism, Public Relations, Performing Arts
Education: General Ed, Special Education, Disability Studies
Health: Kinesiology, Nursing, Nutrition, Public Health
Human Services: Recreational Therapy, Sociology, Social Work
What Is My Next Step?
Browse through our website and become familiar with Down Home Ranch.
Complete our Volunteer Application Form.
Our Volunteer Coordinator will get in touch with you to discuss interest areas, availability and our current openings for volunteers.
Shadow a veteran volunteer or staff member.
Complete any additional training required for your volunteer placement.
Approval! You’ll be connected with your Volunteer Coordinator on the Ranch.
Complete periodic check-ins with your Volunteer Coordinator.
No Time to Volunteer, Yet Still Want to Be a Part of What We Do?
We’re always looking for lots of moral support! Sign up and join our email community and receive newsletters on all that is going on at DHR.
Or, maybe, you’d like to make a gift to help fund many of our ongoing projects. Your contribution will make sure we have the materials needed for the next wave of volunteers headed for Down Home Ranch. We have a never-ending supply of projects that need the special touch of generous folks like you, so just drop us a line at [email protected] and let us know how you would like to help.
Questions? Give us a call at 888.926.2253 or email us at [email protected]