Don has helped LUC Ranch for many
years by providing various food items. He has also brought many
kinds of miscellaneous items for both the boys and staff to enjoy.
These items can be from the very practical things such as soap to very
specialized items like perfume and brand name clothes.
Don is now taking on another
challenge. He is raising funds for the beautification of the
Academic Center Area. His desire is to have an area for the guys to
have another outlet for their energies and so is trying to raise the
funds for the Stobough Park, which will include a small miniature golf
course. If this is something that you would also be interested in
helping him with, let us know or contact Don.
| These are most of the
faithful volunteers who helped build the inside of the Academic
Center. They come from various surrounding areas. They did all
sorts of things such as framing, sheet rock, painting, plumbing,
electrical, cabinets, etc. At times, they found themselves learning things
and doing things they had never done before. They continue
to come and help with various other maintenance types of jobs. They
can always use another hand or two.
||Alf & Norma Hansen have been
coming to help at the Ranch since 1985, as Volunteers with the RVICS
organization. They continued to come after they became inactive just
to spend time with us. Alf entertains us with various songs on his
harmonica and then ends his show by playing his harmonica next to his
ear. Norma has helped with various artistic talents and in 2001
painted this mural.
also memorial for Alf Hansen
Gwen Woolman & Methodist ladies
One night a week for over 15 years,
these sweet ladies bring us the evening meal. They started by helping to
give the cooks a day off and now the cooks just do extra cleaning and so
welcome the help these ladies provide.
Jim began helping the Ranch to
provide a day off for the Ortmans, who had all of the boys 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week. Later, he and others he found to help him
provided a day for staff togetherness. They have done exciting things
that most boys do not have the opportunity to do such as: rock
climbing, caving, scuba diving, air plane flying, riding horses, float
trips, camp outs, etc.
Ruth Johns has been volunteering at
the Ranch for many years working with the guys to teach them singing
techniques and preparing them for the yearly concert in early December
with the Melodears.
Diane Sanders & Methodist
Realizing our need for help and the
ability of the ladies to make delicious food, this group from Eagle Rock
decided to also bring a monthly meal.
South Dakota Friends
This group of people came year after
year to help with various building projects braving the snow and ice
storms. Most of them either being farmers or involved with them came at a
time in very early spring before their hard work for the year begun.
In an effort to measure the success of
the Ranch in dealing with at-risk boys, Orville has spent countless months
of time doing a survey of former Ranch residents. You may find the
results of this survey on the RESULTS page.
RVICS, MMAPers, and SOWERS are
Christian groups that organize to help volunteer doing various projects
for 3 weeks while camping in their RV's. We have made so many new
friends throughout the nation!
When you come back to visit, we will
include other volunteers and ways in which you can join us in helping
at-risk boys change their lives. You can become part of our staff team,
in which you will find that we always need houseparents who want to
invest of themselves. You will also find other opportunities to volunteer
on a regular or infrequent basis. We have had many people come from all
over the United States to become involved in building and renovating
projects. If you have the time, we have the opportunity to allow you to
complete the joy in your life by giving to help others. Until this site
is complete, please send any information via our contact form.