Students Give Back to Local Nonprofit 2nd Chance Youth Ranch

Posted by on December 12, 2013

Scott and Robin Fitzgerald run the  2nd Chance Youth Ranch, whose missions is: “We Connect Kids and Horses for Growth and Learning, Healing and Restoration.” The Fitzgeralds recently attended the Minnesota School of Business (MSB) Community Appreciation Luncheon in St. Paul as guests of MSB-Elk River. The event recognized and celebrated the many partnerships that our campuses have with local organizations in each community.

“We can’t do it without you,” is posted at the top of the 2nd Chance Youth Ranch website. This humble request was made by the Fitzgeralds, who have been running the youth ranch since June of 2012.  Since its beginning, the ranch has been providing a place for local youth and families to gather, connect, work together and support each other.

Recently, Robin sent an email to me to specifically thank a few students for their continued support. Health care management program student, Ian Raatz, was one of the students named in the email. Robin explained how Raatz played a key role in helping the ranch to find hay, which has been very difficult to come by this year.

Ian Raatz

Raatz learned about the ranch when he took Global Citizenship at the MSB-Elk River. He remembered learning about their mission and that they were struggling, and he wanted to help in any way that he could. It was when he was driving by a place in Buffalo, Minn., that was selling hay that he figured out what he could do to assist them. He contacted Robin to find out how much they needed and was able to get a portion of it donated and the rest at a discounted rate. He was also able to get the owner to deliver it. Ian’s good deed saved the Fitzgeralds approximately $200 per bale (they needed 25 bales). Robin was blown away by his generosity.

“What a blessing he has been to us by going out of his way to help,” Robin said.

His plan doesn’t stop there. Raatz has also been in contact with a feed store in Buffalo to donate 1,000 pounds of feed to the ranch.

“My uncles have 15,000 acres of farm land across the United States, and I’ve been talking to them about donating as well,” Raatz said.

Raatz is a good example of a true “Global Citizen” and someone who understands the importance of giving back. Because of students like him, crucial organizations like 2nd Chance Youth Ranch can accomplish their missions and help those in need.

If you are interested in learning more about 2nd Chance Youth Ranch, visit their website. If you are interested in learning more about Minnesota School of Business, visit our website or call 1-877-655-7676.

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