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Serving Our Children

The greatest resource you have is your time and talent. Put them to work at Peppers Ranch by becoming a volunteer or an intern today.

Volunteer Opportunities

Individual, Group, & Community Serving Opportunities

Are you considering volunteering your time and energy to a cause close to your heart? 

Volunteering at Peppers Ranch is easy! There are a variety of ways volunteers of all ages help serve the needs of the children, families and the community. Volunteer hours are flexible and exist on a weekly, monthly or occasional basis. 

We want to help you bridge your passions and talents with the needs of the community! The following are just a few ways in which you can become a positive influence in the life of a child at Peppers Ranch. Whether that is in cooking classes, sewing classes, dance lessons, piano lessons, guitar lessons, academic tutoring or bringing a group of your friends and/or colleagues out to help us with the many service projects around our community! We will work to find what is right for you.

By volunteering with us you are giving your most valuable gift you can give – your time! Schedule your own individualized meeting and come be a part of the fun at Peppers Ranch today by contacting our Programs and Outreach Coordinator, Danysha Wright at 405-260-1870.

Individual Volunteer Application Form
Group Volunteer Application Form

Volunteer Your Time

  • Read to Me Program
  • Equine Services
  • Community Service Days
  • Tutoring program
  • Take a child fishing

Volunteer Your Artistic Talents

  • Art Lessons
  • Dance Lessons
  • Music Lessons
  • Drama Lessons
  • Vocal Lessons
  • Craft Lessons

Volunteer Your Athletic Talents

  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Basketball

Volunteer Opportunities

Individual, Group, & Communities Serving Opportunities

Peppers Ranch can’t do it without our amazing volunteers! We understand that by volunteering with us you are giving your most valuable gift you can give – your time!

There are a variety of ways that volunteers of all ages can help serve the needs of the children, families, and the ranch. Volunteer hours are flexible and exist on a weekly, monthly or occasional basis. We encourage volunteer involvement based on individual interests, skill set, and availability.

We want to help you bridge your passions and talents with the needs of the community! Whether that is in cooking classes, sewing, dance, piano, tutoring or bringing a group of your friends and/or colleagues out to help us with many service projects around our two communities! We will work to find what is right for you.

Join us for one of our upcoming volunteer orientations or schedule your own individualized meeting and come be a part of the fun at Peppers Ranch today! Call Danysha Wright to schedule your orientation at 405-260-1870.

Volunteer Your Time

  • Read to Me Program
  • Equine Services
  • Community Service Days
  • Tutoring program
  • Take a child fishing

Volunteer Your Artistic Talents

  • Art Lessons
  • Dance Lessons
  • Music Lessons
  • Drama Lessons
  • Vocal Lessons
  • Craft Lessons

Volunteer Your Athletic Talents

  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Basketball

Apply Online

Fill in the application and upload your CV/resume. Please make sure that your CV/resume is no more than two pages in length.

Review

We will review your application and resume to review your sustainability to the program. If successful, you will be invited to an in person or phone interview.

Interview

The interview takes 15-30 minutes. During this time we’ll assess your career goals, your interests in the destination you have selected, as well as your suitability to the program you have applied for.

Interview Outcome

Following your interview, you will be informed of your application and interview outcome by email. This generally takes approximately 3 to 5 business days.

Confirmation

Spots are competitive for our internship programs and we ask that successful applicants confirm their places within 7 business days.

Get Ready!

This is the exciting part! We will begin working on your schedule and will provide you with all the necessary information that you will need to prepare yourself for a wonderful internship experience at the ranch.

Internship Opportunities

The Peppers Ranch Internship Program is a crucial component to our mission to end the cycle of abuse and neglect to children of OKDHS by providing safe, nurturing foster families to care for them during a time of crisis.

Dedicated interns provide countless hours of service to Peppers Ranch to create a lasting impact in the lives of the foster children and families in the community.

The application process for Peppers Ranch Internship is simple, but it’s important that you are familiar with the process before you submit your application.

Please fill out the form below to get started. If you have additional questions or concerns please contact Danysha Wright at Danysha@peppersranch.com.

Internship Application Form

Internship Opportunities

The Peppers Ranch interns are a crucial component to our mission to end the cycle of abuse and neglect of Oklahoma’s children through providing safe, nurturing foster families to care for them during a time of crisis.

Dedicated interns provide countless hours of service to Peppers Ranch to create a lasting impact in the lives of the foster children and families in the community.

The application process for Peppers Ranch Internship is simple, but it’s important that you are familiar with the process before you submit your application.

Please fill out the form below to get started. If you have additional questions or concerns please contact Danysha Wright at Danysha@peppersranch.com.

Apply Online

Fill in the application and upload your CV/resume. Please make sure that your CV/resume is no more than two pages in length.

Review

We will review your application to determine your suitability to the program. If successful, you’ll be invited for an in person, telephone or Skype interview.

Interview

The interview takes 15-30 minutes. During this time we’ll assess your career goals, your interests in the destination you have selected, as well as your suitability to the program you have applied for.

Interview Outcome

Following your interview you’ll be informed of your application’s outcome by email. This generally takes place within one business day. If your application is successful you’ll receive an acceptance letter formally inviting you to our program, along with details on how to confirm your place.

Confirmation

Spots are competitive for our internship programs and we ask that successful applicants confirm their places within 7 business days.

Get Ready!

Once we have received your acceptance you will have formally secured a spot on our program! We will begin working on your internship placement and will also provide you with all the information that you’ll need to prepare yourself for a wonderful experience at the ranch!

Ready to Make a Difference?

Apply Now!

Our Programs

Peppers Ranch strives to provide support and services to our community of foster parents and youth. We are determined to ensure that every child in our community has a pathway to success and a thriving future. Our focus is teaching the children how to handle relational conflict, how to help others, ways to establish trust, bonding, determination, creativity, strong work ethic and spirituality.

Art Therapy
Academic Tutoring
Equestrian Program
Grandparents Program
Sewing Class
Fishing
Swimming
Music Therapy
Dance Lessons
Kids Bible Study

We knew our kids would need some sort of specialized tutoring or they would end up struggling in school for a long time and in life. I can't begin to tell you the difference we've seen in each one of our kids from the educational supports the ranch has been able to provide. We started seeing a light of hope in our little girl after only two weeks! She could barely read and now she's putting together larger words and has the confidence to try even bigger words and sentences. That is priceless. We can't thank the donors enough and the variety of opportunities provided here - they've helped our kids so much!

Dustin Burpo

Peppers Ranch Equestrian Program

If you are a horse lover then you know that there is no better opportunity for personal growth than working with horses. Whether it is compassion and responsibility from tending to the horse’s needs or pride and independence from guiding a 1200 pound animal, we believe that there is no better teacher, or friend, than a horse. It is the goal of the Equestrian Program at Peppers Ranch to develop the horsemanship skills of the children while also developing lifelong qualities of responsibility, self esteem, independence and respect through their connection with the horse.

About the Program

Since the beginning, horses have been a part of everyday life at Peppers Ranch. The goal of the horse program today is to develop the horsemanship skills of the children that call the ranch home while offering opportunities to grow and heal.  We are working diligently to instill responsibility, self-esteem, independence, respect and so much more through each child’s connection with the horse.

The Equestrian Riding Program is designed to provide children the opportunity to grow and develop through various activities with horses. Activities include basic horse care, grooming, recreational and competitive riding. Our children are able to interact with the horses which exercises both “mind and muscle”. Research shows that children who participate in riding can experience physical, emotional and mental rewards. This improves balance, creates trust and develops a friendship between rider and horse. An abused child can bond with a horse when they are unable to bond with another person due to the negative experiences they had prior to coming to Peppers Ranch.

Children and families participate in the numerous equine related activities listed below.

  • Basic horsemanship
  • Introduction to horseback riding
  • Horseback riding and Horsemanship
  • Pony preschool
  • “Mini” summer camps
  • Family horseback riding
  • Work days and equine exposure events
  • Routine care and feeding of horses

Today, the McClendon Equestrian Center at Peppers Ranch North consists of an 8 stall barn, an outdoor riding arena, and a 20,000 square foot indoor riding arena – Callie’s Corral.

In late 2017 our community grew by 415 acres, just a few miles south and west of the original ranch. As Peppers Ranch II grows we will continue our work with children and horses to break the cycle of abuse and neglect with its large stall barn, trails, indoor riding facility and own herd of horses.

Side note:  Horse lovers know that a special horse can change the course of your life.  We were pleased to honor one of these animals when naming our indoor riding facility. Callie’s Corral will offer the benefits of the horse program to our community year round for years to come.

Equestrian Program Director

Amber Simmons, Equestrian Programs Director since 2014, is a proud alumna of Oklahoma State University where she earned a degree in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science. She and her family live in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Upon being introduced to the ranch, Amber quickly realized her passion for people and horses had a home. She is devoted to those in the foster care system, as well as those affected by the system, finding healing and growth through their connection with the horse.

Therapy Program

Peppers Ranch takes the mental of our families, parents and children very seriously. We are honored to have a counselor in residence, Britanie Ramerize providing counseling and therapy to our families in group settings, parent counseling in individualized sessions and youth counseling.

Meet Britanie, our Licensed Professional Counselor!

Britanie is a foster and adoptive parent, who as a therapist, is passionate about working with families with the goal to help increase connection and strengthen their communication potential. She believes that the largest part of who we are is found through connection and relationship with others. Britanie will work to help you identify unhealthy patterns and replace them with healthy ones, improve communication, and strengthen a team approach in your relationships and families.
Britanie believes everyone has an inherent need to genuinely connect with others and that each person has an innate capacity for healing when given the opportunity. Britanie is persistent in collaboratively developing an environment of trust and respect where individuals have space to find clarity and hope.
Working with individuals, couples and families, Britanie will meet you right where you are, she will surely challenge you and she will definitely laugh with you. She practices from an attachment based, emotionally focused perspective when working with couples and families. With individuals, she will use a blended approach to help meet the goals, needs, and ultimate healing.

Grandparent Program

The Peppers Ranch Grandparent Program was established to provide on-site adult mentors, simulating a grandparent relationship to youth who often have a void of trusted adult relationships in their lives. This program provides our community with grandparents who come alongside our foster families to help pour into youth by providing emotional support, mentoring and simply giving youth the love, time and attention that they long for and that can’t be provided within their household. While sharing their wisdom and years of experience, you help guide our youth on a pathway of success and relational bonding.

Our Partnerships

WhizKids

We love Whizkids. What is better than combining adult mentors, nutrition, and literacy support in one. The Whizkids work that the volunteer do with our youth that come to Peppers weekly is immeasurable! 

Stand in the Gap

Foster youth often have a very difficult time trusting adults and forming solid bonds to help them navigate life. We believe in helping break down that barrier and work with Stand in the Gap to provide every youth that desires an opportunity to form life long mentors through their incredible program. 

Kumon

Education is a top priority at Peppers Ranch. Statistically foster children come into care at least 2 years behind in school. We take this seriously and do everything we can to help each youth at the ranch reach their full potential. This might be through onsite tutoring or through our partnership with Kumon to provide robust one on one support. 

WhizKids

We love Whizkids. What is better than combining adult mentors, nutrition, and literacy support in one. The Whizkids work that the volunteer do with our youth that come to Peppers weekly is immeasurable! 

Stand in the Gap

Foster youth often have a very difficult time trusting adults and forming solid bonds to help them navigate life. We believe in helping break down that barrier and work with Stand in the Gap to provide every youth that desires an opportunity to form life long mentors through their incredible program. 

Kumon

Education is a top priority at Peppers Ranch. Statistically foster children come into care at least 2 years behind in school. We take this seriously and do everything we can to help each youth at the ranch reach their full potential. This might be through onsite tutoring or through our partnership with Kumon to provide robust one on one support. 

Stay Connected

If you are interested in what we do here at Peppers Ranch, the best way to stay in the loop with all that we are doing throughout our community is to sign up for our email list!