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Students Make a Difference at Eagle Harbor Ranch

Rachelle Rea

Eagle Harbor RanchNearly 200 hours—that’s how much time CSU students have spent at Eagle Harbor Ranch so far this school year. Volunteering there takes many forms: hosting bonfires and eating s’mores, cooking and serving a meal, playing basketball, volleyball and tag, reading and listening to the children’ stories.

Eagle Harbor Ranch provides a home for orphaned and neglected children.

"They do great work there by creating a healthy environment for the children to be encouraged, supported and loved,” says Julie Jongsma, service learning coordinator. “It is one of the favorite places for many clubs and organizations."

Erica Tullo first got involved with Eagle Harbor Ranch via the Criminal Justice Association, of which she is president. "My favorite part about volunteering there is playing hard core basketball games with the boys, also having the opportunity to share my testimony to them at lunch time.

“I am passionate about this ministry because I have been in some of those boys’ shoes and I understand some things that they are going through," Tullo continues. "If it weren’t for allowing the Lord to change my heart and my family’s hearts...I would not be here right now.”

She encourages students to consider becoming involved with Eagle Harbor Ranch.

"I think other students who love children and want opportunities to be the light for Jesus…should definitely get involved and volunteer at Eagle Harbor Ranch," she said.

"Every semester, our sorority tries to reach out to Eagle Harbor Ranch and serve the children who are involved with the group home," said Callie Evans, president of Lambda Theta Chi sorority. "My favorite part about volunteering at the group home is hearing their own personal stories about how they ended up at the beautiful, Christian-based ranch."

Evans also encourages fellow students to consider volunteering there.

"I would definitely tell other students to get involved, because these children need familiar faces to just be with them, because a lot of people in their lives have let them down," she said. "By just showing up and playing a game with them, you will not regret it. I will never forget the stories I heard from these boys, and they will forever be in my prayers."

Representatives from Eagle Harbor Ranch will be at Elevate on April 3.

On Saturday, April 12, students are invited to participate in a Service Saturday event. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., students can serve the children of Eagle Harbor via spring cleaning activities, lawn work and spending time with them. Students interested in learning more or volunteering should contact Julie Jongsma in the Brewer Center or visit the Eagle Harbor Ranch website.



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