In my job working with our volunteers, I get to meet a lot of people. They come in, they tell me about their companies, or their stories of what connects them to the Ronald McDonald house. Some find us on the website, some find us through Facebook…..different paths to get to our door.
These two lovely people are Min and Genee. They didn’t intend to volunteer together this day, but they spent an entire afternoon raking, and talking. They laughed about not a lot of raking experience, because Genee is from Hawaii and Min also told her “We do not have many leaves to rake where I live”.
When I took this picture at the end of the day, they had become friends.
Min is an exchange student at NDSU for the Fall semester. He has since gone back to his home country. He reached out to us via the NDSU volunteer network and asked if he could come and visit. When he stopped by, he was dressed for what he thought was a job interview! We talked and he wanted to learn all about why we do what we do. We talked about what types of volunteering he had done in his country. He loved using the Swiffer! Every time he came to volunteer this Fall he had a new story for me about his weekend with the college students and international students he was meeting. He came to help us as often as he could during the Fall semester.
Genee reached out to us on our website. I asked her in her own words, to tell us why she volunteers at RMHC.
I have always been interested in the RMHC charity from the moment I started contributing at the donation box at the restaurant. I admire the efforts to help parents who may not have any other recourse concerning the practical expense of living as they care of their sick children. The duties I have been working on have varied from taking leaves, to turning a room around for new guests, and cleaning out and making room for new items to be stored. I love the variety! My impact, if any, is small, but sometimes in the midst of stressful situations, especially those concerning the dire health of our children, may help families avoid an emotional tipping point, at least, I hope my small effort can contribute to the avoidance of such. I absolutely love the staff at North RMHC, I pray for them and their families daily, and am so grateful for how they serve the families of our region. It’s definitely worth your time to contribute to the RMHC whole. It’s a wonderful experience, you should try it! Mahalo, Genee
Our volunteers are so important to helping our mission of Keeping Families Close. We are so grateful to everyone who spends time with us!
If you would like to volunteer, please contact us at email@example.com or email Kelly@rmhcfargo.org