Volunteers had a successful weekend at HopeWell Ranch

September 29, 2015


A group of nearly twenty J. Ranck Electric employees, friends, and family volunteered this past weekend at HopeWell Ranch on Saturday and Sunday, working both around the ranch and inside the new arena.
Jamie Mann (left) starts the day by going over plans with Jim Ranck. 
Volunteers install conduit in the Legacy Arena at HopeWell Ranch. Pictured here: Pat Cook (front left), Mike Wesolek (front right), Ryan Wood (back left), and Jim Ranck (back right). 
Pat Cook (left) and Mike Wesolek add gripples to a light before it's hung in the Legacy Arena.
Deanna Fountain and Kate Blasius assemble lights, preparing them for installation.
Nick Batterbee and Jim Shea install conduit in the southwest corner of the Legacy Arena. 
Jamie Mann (right) assigns tasks to Jim Ranck and Ryan Wood in the Legacy Arena. 
Jim Shea and Nick Batterbee bend conduit inside the Legacy Arena at HopeWell Ranch.
Jim Ranck supervises Ryan Wood in as they install conduit from a lift. 
Klay sets a fence post while his son Noah steadies the other pieces.
Klay Northrup supervises his sons, Noah and Alex, while they dig holes for fence posts. 
Ella Wood, daughter of Angie and Ryan Wood, feeds an apple to a HopeWell Ranch pony named Blessing.
Ty Stuber and Deanna Fountain each add a lamp after hanging a light. 
Kate Blasius adds a lamp to a new Legacy Arena light.
Ty and Jodi Stuber, founders of HopeWell Ranch, stand by the partially lit Legacy Arena.

While some volunteers were working in the garden, building a fence, and cleaning troughs, others were installing conduit, wire, and lights in the 20,000 square foot Legacy Arena. They were able to jump into conduit and wiring this weekend since volunteers Chad Tubbs and Jon Hubbell had already built the service.

“It’s so amazing to see how many different people have come together to make ‘Operation Light the Legacy’ happen. If we go back to when we really started this project it was a little over nine months ago so it’s kind of like a day of birth for the arena,” says HopeWell Ranch founder Jodi Stuber, “It brought tears to my eyes when they turned on the first lights.”

Legacy Arena Stats (9/26/15 – 9/27/15)


Lights Hung

Feet of Conduit Installed

“We got way more done than I expected. If we hit it hard one more weekend with a good sized crew, we could knock it out,” says JRE project manager Jamie Mann, who is serving as a working foreman on the Legacy Arena project.

What’s next?

We will go back to HopeWell on October 17th and 18th continue work on the Legacy Arena. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Angie Wood. When we return, we will tackle the remaining electrical work:

– Install approximately 800 additional feet of conduit
– Hang 23 more lights
– Connect 14 receptacles
– Put up the contactor and wiring for switching
– Install 3 exit signs, 6 exterior lights, and inside emergency lighting

Thank you to everyone who came out to HopeWell this weekend and volunteered: Nick Batterbee, Kate Blasius, Pat Cook, Deanna Fountain, Charlie Glynn, Jamie Mann, Klay, Alex, and Noah Northrup, Jim Ranck, Jim Shea, Matt Southwick, Doug Stickley, Mike Wesolek, Angie, Ryan, and Ella Wood and to both Titan Equipment and Alta Equipment for graciously donating the use of their lifts.