Throughout the year we have lots of opportunities for you to get involved in fundraising campaigns organized by Zajac Ranch such as Hats Off for Zajac Ranch.
Lots of our supporters however also like to arrange their own fundraising events within their local community, school or workplace. These events come in all shapes and sizes from birthday bake sales, to sports competitions, from trivia nights through to pizza parties!
To get started, complete our Fundraising Application Form. *Please note, certain fundraising efforts are considered gambling, and therefore, require a gaming event licence. To find out more, please visit the BC Gaming website.
Meet Elaine and our Mud Heros
Since 2015, Elaine, Sue, Rhonda, Lynda and Kelli (Team Mud Wind & Fire) have joined thousands of others at the 6km Mud Hero Toronto run & obstacle course.
Elaine’s daughter, Madison, has been attending summer camp at Zajac Ranch for several years, and this team wanted to give back, raising more than $6,000 to help send children to summer camp!
Climbing walls, wading through chest deep mud pits, pulling up on rope nets and maneuvered through a forest with muddy trails were just some of the challenges they faced and Elaine recalls, “At one point, I was climbing the rope ladder to the top of a very high structure I was shaking in my dirty shoes as I am afraid of heights! At that moment though I had a vision of my daughter Madison climbing the telephone pole at Zajac Ranch and walking across the high wire. She was doing things that she had never done before and finding the courage to try something new. Then it dawned on me; we are doing this for all the wonderful brave kids that have challenged themselves at camp. I really felt a connection with them. Then, as reached the bottom I heard my team cheer for me and hug me and give high fives, just like the counsellors at Zajac do for the campers!”
To set your own fundraising challenge, register your event with us and one of our fundraisers will be in touch to help you have a successful event!
Volunteers play a vital role in making Zajac Ranch happen. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, find out all the ways you can volunteer with us below.
Summer camps are the most active time to be involved with Zajac Ranch as hundreds of children have the opportunity to visit the camp during the summer months.
Our mission is to provide a safe year round therapeutic environment for children and families faced with chronic illnesses and disabilities. We strive to empower our campers through recreational activities while their physical safety and medical well-being is maintained. YOU, our volunteers, are an integral part of our team and help create the therapeutic environment for our campers. Thank you again for your interest in volunteering at Zajac Ranch.
Our 24 hour medical centre, The OK Corral, provides care for every camper. Staffed by volunteer medical professionals who donate their time, children can receive medical care while experiencing the joys of summer camp.
Zajac Ranch for Children provides not only relief for children, but also for the medical staff that cares for them. Leaving typical medical institutions does amazing things for children who are dealing with life-threatening illnesses, and those around them are encouraged by their remarkable transformations.
“The camp experience was one of the highlights of my nursing career. Many adolescents have never met a peer with the same condition. They feel ‘different’ and isolated at a time in their life when ‘fitting in’ is so important. At camp, these kids met others facing some of the same challenges that they do. They blossomed and the benefits of the experience lasted long after camp was done. The friendships forged at weekend camps carried over for the rest of the year.”
– Kathi, Nurse, BC Children’s Hospital
Volunteers are always needed for a wide variety of tasks not related to working with the children, such as general clean-up, gardening, painting, helping with the horses, and general skilled labour. Your help is greatly needed! For general volunteer opportunities available at the Ranch please contact Zajac Ranch at (604) 462-8305 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you love horses, Therapeutic Riding lessons are offered year round and we could always use your help! Please contact our office at email@example.com to apply.
You can also mail your application to:
The Mel Jr. & Marty Zajac Foundation
300 – 2006 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6J 2B3
Phone: (604) 739-0444
Fax: (604) 739-0441
Office & Events
Volunteers play a vital role not only at Zajac Ranch in Mission, but at the foundation office in Vancouver as well. Your generosity in donating your time and skills equates into significant monetary savings, keeping our costs down and allowing more resources to go directly to children.
If you are interesting in volunteering in our Mission or Vancouver office or during one of our events, please call the foundation office at (604) 739-0444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.