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June 24, 2013

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June 24, 2013

I was looking for a place to volunteer in San Diego and stumbled upon Challenge Ranch.

I reviewed their website and came out for a Sunday to help out with a couple of my friends. We were welcomed to the Ranch by Ron and Jane, who described what the ranch did for the young people of San
Diego County. We spent the morning and early afternoon helping out with basic maintenance and grooming the horses. We were all invited to join them at their Annual Benefit the next Saturday.

The next Saturday I was floored by how many people (especially kids and families) were at the Ranch. We found out the kids were from group, foster homes, or other challenged walks of life and had been coming to the ranch for weeks to years. They talked about the ranch as their second home and were so grateful of how the ranch taught them friendship, responsibility and confidence. We enjoyed food, live music, and a performance by the kids on horseback. Even though the kids were from all different backgrounds, you could tell they didn't care- they were at the ranch.

This place, their stories, the owners commitment, the energetic horses are incredible to experience. I highly recommend this place.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have even more community events!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

January 27, 2010

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January 27, 2010

A beautiful Ranch with about 25 horses and ponies of all sizes and breeds. The Ranch is open six days a week, year round to benefit under privileged and disadvantaged children. The children learn how to ride, general horsemanship and participate in all the ranch activities. The atmosphere is very friendly, the horses are well kept, the young people are well supervised and the standard of instruction is high, with qualified and experienced Volunteers.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the difference this program makes in children's lives. They become confident and able to accept responsibility. Their ideas of what may be possible for them in life broaden considerably.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting the other Volunteers - wonderful people. Spending time with the young people on the Program - inspirational.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

teenager to much older! All were enthusiastic. Twice a month a great group of Navy guys arrive and help with the heavy stuff!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create similar Ranches in other areas. It would not expand here - as to be too big/busy would spoil the great atmosphere Challenge Ranch has. Challenge Ranch could really use a tractor though!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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