MISSION TEAM PLANNING GUIDE
1. Fill out the Application and send it to Joy Ranch, 813 Joy Ranch Rd., Woodlawn, VA 24381, or complete in on-line at www.joyranch.org.
2. We will provide a lodging facility with bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen and dining area, and lunch and supper for $15.00 per day per individual. You will need to provide your own towels and wash cloths and bedding– some beds are available, but air mattresses are suggested.
3. We will provide any necessary tools and materials for work projects and accessories for activities and games. You will need to provide your own transportation to and from Joy Ranch, and for any off-campus activities.
4. No profanity and no alcohol or tobacco products are allowed on campus. Every Mission Team member will be expected to maintain exemplary behavior during their stay, and will be required to participate in an Orientation Session at the beginning of your time here.
5. Please acquaint yourself with the ministry of Joy Ranch by browsing our website photo galleries and information pages, and by watching the video “Making a Difference– the Joy Ranch Story” on the home page.
APPLICATION (Downloadable File Below)
1. Church or Organization:__________________________________
3. Contact Person:________________________________________
4. Phone Number: ________________________________________
5. Email Address: ________________________________________
5. Total number in group: ____ Youth: ____ Chaperones: ____
Male: ____ Female: ____
6. How long would you wish to stay: __________________________
7. Circle Areas of Interest:
WORK PROJECT MUSIC MINISTRY
SPORTS ACTIVITIES DEVOTIONS
BIBLE INSTRUCTION CANOEING / TUBING
HIKING ARTS & CRAFTS
8. On a separate sheet of paper please have each member of your group give a short testimony of how they became a Christian and why they would like to be a part of a mission trip to Joy Ranch. This can be sent at a later time.
Joy Ranch is funded primarily by individual donations, church donations, fund raising events, trust funds and bequests left by individuals in their will. If you would like to become a supporter of the Joy Ranch ministry or would like information about Planned Giving, please contact us.
Periodically we list items that we need at Joy Ranch. Below is such a list. If you have any of these items in good working order and would like to donate them to us, we will gladly take them and issue you a non-monetary donation receipt for tax purposes. All donations are tax deductible.
- 3/4 Ton 4x4 Pickup Truck; new or used vehicles
- Industrial Mowers (Riding and push mowers)
- Four-Horse Trailer•Garage for Maintenance
- Digital Video Camera•Digital Video Projector - 1500 Lumens or Greater
- Housing Supplies: pillowcases; pillows; nightlights; flashlights and AAA & AA, batteries; toiletries; cleaning supplies; fabric softener; laundry pods
- Food Items: non-sugary cereals; peanut butter; fig bars; granola bars; trail mix
- Paper Products: toilet paper; paper towels; napkins
- Activity: sleds; puzzles; Christian music CD's; craft sets; basketballs; bicycles
- Maintenance Supplies: shovels; rakes; horse supplies; pre-paid gas cards
- Homemade Quilts for our Quilt Auction at JoyFest
- Prayer! We appreciate your prayers. Prayer is powerful and is the foundation of miracles and blessings we have experienced at Joy Ranch.
- Value of vehicles is determined according to IRS standards.
- Vehicles are either put into service or sold at auction to support this ministry.
- Donations are tax-deductible according to IRS regulations.
Sometimes the easiest, most generous gift is not a cash donation. Joy Ranch can easily convert non-monetary donations into valuable resources for this ministry. Joy Ranch traditionally receives real estate, vehicles, farm equipment, jewelry, and other valuables as gifts to the ministry. For more information, contact our Development Coordinator.
Planned Giving. A planned gift to Joy Ranch helps to ensure the future of services and programs we provide to children and their families for many years to come. Planned gifts include gifts through your will, charitable gift annuities, gifts of life insurance, pooled income funds, and charitable trusts.
- Bequest - Many of our supporters make charitable gifts by naming Joy Ranch as a beneficiary in their wills.
- Gift of Life Insurance - Some of our supporters no longer need their life insurance, that was purchased years ago to provide for children or other family members, and donate the policy to Joy Ranch.
- Pooled Income Fund - Your gift of money, marketable securities, or both may be invested together with similar gifts from other supporters.
- Charitable Lead Trust - Individuals with very large estates can use a charitable lead trust to benefit Joy Ranch and pass principal to family members with little or no tax penalty.
- Gifts of Retirement Plans - Your IRA assets will be transferred to a charitable remainder trust, the trust will provide life income to the beneficiary, and then an eventual gift to Joy Ranch.
For more information about how you can include Joy Ranch in your planned giving, please contact us.
Presentations. A Joy Ranch representative will be glad to come to your church, class, civic organization or agency to share our vision of the Joy Ranch mission and provide details of the services we provide to our community. Depending on availability, this presentation can include special music, PowerPoint presentation, complimentary newsletters and Feed My Lambs books. Feed My Lambs is a book written by Mary McHenry which tells the Joy Ranch Story.
Get Involved! Here are some other ways you can help this ministry:
1. Pray regularly for this ministry and those it serves.
2. Support Joy Ranch through regular monthly donations.
3. Help us in getting donations for our Quilt Auction that takes place
at JoyFest the Saturday after Labor Day in September.
4. Talk about Joy Ranch to your congregation, your class or other group,
your service or civic group.
5. Arrange to bring a group to the campus for a tour.
6. Use one of our videos for a showing in your church.
7. Invite a speaker from Joy Ranch to a church event.
8. Provide items from our Capital Needs List.
9. Name Joy Ranch in your will.
10. Volunteer in one of the many volunteer services Joy Ranch offers.
11. Organize a work group to assist with needed work or take on
a specific project.
How do I become a Volunteer?
Some Ways to Volunteer
Teaching Skills/Hobbies - often children desire or need help in specific areas, such as arts and crafts, music, sports, or makeup, hair and dress. Groups of children also need short-term recreational classes in sports, music, arts and crafts, etc. The simple enjoyment of participating by the children is the focus.
Cottages/Ground Work - cottages and grounds of the Joy Ranch campus need maintenance and care. Jobs range from skilled repair and refurbishing work (e.g. painting, wallpapering, putting up shelves, etc.) to pruning shrubs, weeding flower beds, repairing fences, repairing vehicles, repairing barns and stables, mowing grass and other maintenance needs.
Short Term Volunteer Jobs - assist with mailings in the development office and with fundraising events such as JoyFest or our annual Bar-B-Q Bash, serve meals at Christmas or Thanksgiving, and wrap Christmas gifts.