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(5) Kathryn Gress
Sun, 5 October 2014 04:32:09 +0000
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Along with the stories of the animals I find I can experience life as a naturally unfolding experience. It is our mission and vision at TGMR, that helps me realize the contribution we are here to make. Living a truly good and purposeful life becomes as natural as breathing. I know walking the hills of TGMR, I've needed to "catch" my breath, as well as my fellow volunteers. We shift into a new paradigm based on what 4 tools I find guide us on our life journey. Thru the teachings and life lessons from the animals, I have found these tools to be: connection, listening, trust, and action.
— feeling inspired at The Gress Mountain Ranch, Inc.

(4) Caroline Cuff
Mon, 15 September 2014 13:10:57 +0000

by Caroline C. from Allentown, PA (February 21, 2014)

The owners are wonderful people who take caring for the animals very seriously. There are a variety of tasks to do, so it is never boring (such as feeding and watering the animals as well as mucking out stalls, and spending time with the animals to help them rehabilitate). You are responsible for the rehabilitation of the animals, so it is always important to treat them with respect and kindness! Volunteering for The Gress Mountain Ranch is one of the best decisions I have ever made

(3) Nicole Galano
Fri, 8 August 2014 23:32:19 +0000

My name is Nicole Galano and I am an uprising junior at Lafayette College. I am a biology major with a minor in psychology with hopes to pursue a career as a veterinarian. When looking for a summer internship I came across The Gress Mountain Ranch’s ad on the Lafayette Career Vault website. I thought the ranch would be a perfect fit since it was the perfect mix of animals and psychology that I am interested in.
The most important thing I learned at the ranch this summer was that not only do people help animals but animals help people too! The animals each have their own stories just like people do and many of them were abused or neglected in the past. When we tell people about all the struggles the animals have faced it allows them to relate to the animals and see that every obstacle can be overcome.
My main role, along with another intern from Lafayette College, was to co-coordinate the Ranch Camp that is held 3 weeks in the summer and also help organize the Applebee’s fundraiser that was held in July. This job included asking for food and scholarship donations, recruiting campers, organizing registration packets, among other things. In order to prepare for the 3 week long summer camps I spoke to parents and guidance counselors, arranged for presenters to visit the camp, created a detailed schedule for each week and organized volunteers who would be counselors for the week. It was our job to schedule a volunteer meeting before each camp and go over the details for the upcoming camp.
While at TGMR, I met many different types of people. I was able to work alongside individuals with mental retardation, attention deficit disorder, and autism. It was great to watch how working with many of the animals at the ranch could really brighten their day. I also assisted the large animal vet that came to the ranch to present to the campers.
My experience at the Gress Mountain Ranch was very valuable. I learned many life skills such as communicating with all types of people, animal care, working with children, and time management. It was such a blast to work with and get to know the children at the ranch camps. We were able to provide them a safe place to make new friends, work with different kinds of animals, and learn new things. One of the most important things we try to teach the children is that learning can be fun! And they all really did seem to have so much fun. I hope that the Gress Mountain Ranch is able to continue helping people as well as animals for many more years!

(2) Kathryn Gress
Sun, 13 July 2014 12:10:20 +0000
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TGMR has "Everyday inspirations". . These are posts that features people in our local communities who inspire others through their volunteering spirit. Several people may who have faced extraordinary situations and grown from them.

Let's feature them by other people in the community which has been inspired by You the nominees. — at The Gress Mountain Ranch, Inc.

(1) Sheila Sacks
Wed, 9 July 2014 16:14:20 +0000

Kathryn and Ben have made TGMR the fantastic organization it is today. I love seeing how they, with their animals, have made so many lives better. Kudos to the volunteers, donors, and everyone who work so hard and so selflessly.