Of all the groups that have come forward to help, one stands out as the bedrock of the Ranch’s success. It’s the Auxiliary, with three chapters, allowing each campus to have its own support group of dedicated volunteers.
In 1977, HCYR founder Gary Priour was working to establish the Youth Ranch. Wanting to assist, Marj Nicholson, community leader, suggested the formation of an Auxiliary. With that goal in mind, Marj hosted an inaugural meeting. Who could have imagined the impact of Marj’s idea? Membership reached 154 within a year. Today, the HCYR Auxiliary is the Hill Country’s most successful and long-lasting service organization.
Now there are three Auxiliaries, one for each Ranch. They manage thrift stores with all-volunteer labor, supplying a big part of the annual budget. Volunteers turn trash into treasure on a daily basis. They host fundraisers, give graduation gifts and make college scholarship grants. They give birthday presents and bake cakes. They mentor and tutor, fund Christmas gifts and activities, and do ‘extended family’ things like reading to the children, or bringing games when they learn one of them is home sick. They celebrate the opening of each new facility with a dedication. Sometimes they serve by just attending meetings to stay informed, so they can be ambassadors for the Ranch in the community.
The Auxiliaries make a daily difference in children’s lives. Says HCYR Founder Gary Priour, “When it was formed, I did not know how vital this group would become. HCYR could never have been built without them. It would not be the same materially or spiritually.”
Take a chance . . . get involved. Monthly luncheons are fun and informative, and a great way to get to know more about the Ranch. Perhaps stop by one of the thrift stores to get some real bargains and help the cause that way – maybe even offer a few hours a week to help the volunteers operate the store. If you want to get involved in a group that truly makes a difference, there are plenty of ways to help.
To enquire about volunteering at one of our campuses, please contact:
3522 Junction Highway
Ingram, TX 78025
Main Phone: (830) 367-2131
Thrift Store: (830) 367-5444
10664 U. S. Highway 83 North
Leakey, TX 78873
Main Phone: (830) 232-7110
Thrift Store: (830) 232-5931