Volunteering is Fun!

This month’s “Volunteering is Fun” article comes from Dee Anaya.

Dee Anaya at Las Golondrinas

“My name is Dee Anaya.  I am mother to Pierce (6) and Stellabelle (1).  My family and I have been going to Las Golondrinas for 8 years.  It is one of our sacred spots, where we walk, talk and spend quality time together.

We began volunteering in June of 2016.  We enjoy having access to knowledgeable staff and the history of New Mexico at our fingertips.  The experiences my children are able to have while at the Ranch are priceless.  Whether it is learning about animal tracks and archery from Steve Dixon, or carding and spinning wool from Patricia Tucker, the children are always very engaged and talk about their experiences at home or to anyone who will listen.

We are a homeschooling family as well.  I cannot express the gratitude I have in my heart for the built-in lessons we receive from each volunteer or staff member we encounter.  There is no other place in town that my children feel more safe to roam and learn.

Pierce has made a special Golondrinas song that he sings every time we approach and see the Ranch from the road. ‘Golondrinas is my favorite place EVER!’ he says.

Our lives are more enlivened because of El Rancho de las Golondrinas and we couldn’t be prouder to be a part of something so special.  Our favorite place(s) to volunteer is with the weavers and archery.  We look forward to our next year of volunteering! “

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