125 Volunteers from Honeywell, Robbinsdale Cooper High School Make Major Improvements to Majestic Hills Ranch; Project Coordinated by Rebuilding Together Twin Cities
LAKEVILLE, MINN., May 16, 2012 – The south metro’s only therapeutic horseback riding ranch got a major overhaul this week, thanks to an infusion of more than 1,000 hours of volunteer labor from Twin Cities-area employees of Honeywell and students from Cooper High School in Robbinsdale.
The multi-generational volunteer event benefitted Majestic Hills Ranch, a 105-acre horse farm located in Lakeville, which has helped hundreds of U.S. Military veterans and children with developmental disabilities through therapeutic horseback riding programs.
Volunteers built a ramp to a hydraulic lift to enable those in wheelchairs to safely board a horse. They also assembled a patio to serve as a safe, comfortable seating area for those watching family members participate in therapeutic classes. The 320-foot fence surrounding the riding arena was repaired and painted, and volunteers also stabilized a manure bunker, laid gravel and landscaped.
Rebuilding Together Twin Cities, which provides opportunities to impact communities and the non-profit places where neighborhood members gather, coordinated the large-scale volunteer project.
“Collectively, the Honeywell and Cooper volunteers are the largest volunteer group we’ve ever had at the site,” said Kris Zieska, director of children’s programs at Majestic Hills Ranch. “Thanks to their efforts, our ranch is now a safer, more beautiful place for the veterans and children we serve, and their work on the wheelchair ramp will enable even more people to experience therapeutic riding.”
The volunteer project is one of many in an ongoing partnership between Honeywell Hometown Solutions and Cooper High School’s Cooper Cares program. Together, the organizations have completed thousands of hours of volunteer work to benefit organizations and individuals around the Twin Cities.
“Our students are committed to contributing to the community, and also appreciate the hands-on learning. In addition to building and landscaping, working side-by-side with professionals drives a lot of good conversations about career paths, especially in science, math and engineering,” said Carrie Giese, Robbinsdale Cooper High School college preparation and service learning coordinator.
“Helping to address needs in the community is important to Honeywell. We are proud to partner with Cooper High School and Rebuilding Together, and our volunteer day was a wonderful opportunity to make improvements to a nonprofit that is improving the lives of military veterans and children,” said Paul Orzeske, president of Honeywell Building Solutions.
“Honeywell is an important national corporate partner of Rebuilding Together. Our work together has resulted in enhanced homes, nonprofits and community facilities in the Twin Cities and throughout the United States,” said Kathy Greiner, executive director of Rebuilding Together Twin Cities and board member for the group’s national parent organization, Rebuilding Together Inc.
Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and performance materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.
Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative, focuses on five areas: Family Safety & Security; Housing & Shelter; Science & Math Education, Humanitarian Relief and Habitat & Conservation. Together with leading public and nonprofit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address these needs in the communities it serves. For more information, please go to www.honeywell.com/hhs.
The mission of Robbinsdale Area Schools is to inspire and educate all learners to discover their potential and positively contribute to their community. Robbinsdale Area Schools serves approximately 12,000 students in seven communities in the northwest Twin Cities area, including Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, New Hope, Plymouth and Robbinsdale. Visit us at www.rdale.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RobbinsdaleAreaSchools, or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ISD281.
Rebuilding Together Twin Cities’ mission is to bring volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners. This ensures that low-income homeowners – particularly older adults, individuals living with a disability, active and retired members of the armed services and families with children – live independently in safe and healthy homes. An affiliate of the national Rebuilding Together organization, Rebuilding Together Twin Cities has been preserving and revitalizing homes and communities in the metropolitan area since 1997. Programs provide opportunities for community involvement and support for community volunteers. Through sponsors and volunteer efforts, they also strive to have an impact on communities and the nonprofit places where neighborhood members gather. For more information, visit www.RebuildingTogether-TwinCities.org.
Majestic Hills Ranch is a 501(c)(3) non profit that offers equine assisted activities to children and young adults with special needs as well as to military veterans who have sustained injuries. Both programs are funded through private grants, donations, as well as fundraising activities and information can be found under GuideStar (www.GuideStar.org). For more information about the ranch, our history, and classes, please visit our website www.MajesticHillsRanch.org or visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/MajesticHillsRanch.