“The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.
—Proverbs 11:25 The Message
Over the decades, Rainbow Acres has been blessed by countless volunteers. One cannot walk across campus without encountering the enduring work of the hands which have helped us. Construction projects, safety lines on the curbs, looms strung in our weaving room, and a favorite photograph on a Rancher’s wall are just a few indelible examples of our volunteers’ impact on the quality of life at Rainbow Acres.
Often the volunteer experience is short. A few days. A few weeks. Maybe a single event. Then the volunteer moves on, leaving a piece of their heart behind. Taking a piece of Rainbow with them.
Other volunteers fall in love with Rainbow and its mission to inspire and assist our Ranches in living their best lives. These volunteers return to our campus time and again. A special few return annually to tackle specific projects. (Arizona is a great place to winter.) Others show up consistently to help with day-to-day life.
Our volunteers come alone, in couples, or as part of small and large groups. They help refresh fading, paint, put up our outside Christmas decorations; pitch in to help with maintenance upkeep; spend time assisting in the kitchen; lead worship for Prayer and Praise; play Bingo or lead a crafts session with our Ranchers. Past projects have included building “rock ponds” for drainage during the Monsoon season.
Our volunteers never lack for good works to do. There is such a variety of tasks that there is something for every skill set and preference.
The setting in which our volunteers serve is one of inspiration and natural beauty. Looking at old photos, it is easy to get a sense of how far volunteers have helped us grow into the vibrant community we are. Surrounded by the mountains, with road runners darting across the campus and desert breezes blowing through the sky, our campus is a place to find peace in the midst of service.
Most importantly, our volunteers are loved!
Neurodiverse Adults at Rainbow Acres are excited about working with our volunteers
Our Ranchers are never more excited than to meet and work with someone new. On days when large groups join us for lunch, the dining hall is filled with the happy chaos of ranchers chattering away, exchanging stories and sharing their joie de vivre with our visiting volunteers. The energy is palpable.
Rancher Kelly says, “Everyone who comes to volunteer is so nice. I appreciate that they put in all their effort and time to help us out. Everything they do for Rainbow is amazing.”
We are so grateful for every volunteer who has passed through our gates.
When Covid hit and the world changed, we lost our volunteers for a while. We are currently building anew our robust volunteer program. Specific needs are assistance in the kitchen, help at the barn, and extra hands at social events. We are also looking for volunteers willing to sit and chat with ranchers in their homes, special volunteers who will bring open hearts, who will listen to our Rancher’s stories, and help them know they are seen and heard.
If you wish to be a part of changing lives, please visit our Volunteer page.
When asked what she’d say to someone thinking about volunteering, Kelly says, “Volunteering is worth it. It makes you feel good; it helps other people out. It’s a win/win situation. Rainbow Acres is a really cool place. It’s unique. If you’re thinking about volunteering at Rainbow, you should do it.”
Thank you to all our volunteers, past, present, and future! Thank you for the blessing you are and the blessings you brought our way. May the help you gave us be returned to you many times over.