Carousel Ranch, a place where children with special needs discover and experience some of their greatest achievements through equestrian therapy and vocational training programs, is reaching out to the donor community during its “Carousel Wishes and Valentine Kisses” annual giving campaign.
During the month of February and with a fundraising goal of $110,000, the ranch seeks to fund scholarships for students on the waiting list.
As the campaign reaches its final days, $92,000 has been raised.
These funds support the operations and growth of the equestrian therapy program and Ready to Work, or RTW!, an innovative employment readiness and training program for young adults with special needs.
Each year there are children with special needs waiting for the opportunity to improve their health and quality of life at Carousel Ranch. The ranch is growing to serve more children and young adults and looks to the community to help them reach their goal. Double the wishes; each donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $28,500 total, thanks to a very generous donation made by Wayne and Dianne Crawford.
All donations, large or small, are welcome. It can take years to train a horse, staff, and volunteers. Money raised goes a long way toward meeting the goals to serve the large number of children who are currently on the waiting list for services.
About Carousel Ranch Inc.
Founded in 1997, Carousel Ranch, Inc. provides equestrian therapy and vocational training programs for children and young adults with disabilities. By creating unique and individualized programs to meet each student’s specific needs and goals, the Ranch strives to create an atmosphere where every child and young adult can and will succeed…a place where therapy is disguised as fun. The equestrian therapy program utilizes a combination of vaulting (gymnastics on a moving horse) and therapeutic riding (both English and Western). The Ready-to-Work! program, which began in 2016, is a unique work readiness, job training and social entrepreneurship program for young adults with special needs interested in joining the workforce.
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