Talking with Volunteer Lori Tiongson

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Lori and husband standing in formal wear at Sweetheart Ball

Chris and Lori at the 2018 Sweetheart Ball

We want to introduce you to another amazing RMHC volunteer! This is Lori Tiongson.

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

Lori Erickson Tiongson, born and raised in Fargo. After graduating from Concordia I moved to Iowa for graduate school, then got married and moved to Kansas City and Sioux Falls before eventually returning with my family to Fargo. My husband Chris and I have 2 kids: Emily, a junior in college, and Eric, a junior in high school.

Tell us a little bit about your volunteer experiences at RMHC.

My volunteer work at RMHC has included assisting with writing the newsletter, working on the print materials for Sweetheart Ball and the golf tournament, and eventually serving on the Sweetheart Ball committee. I’ve been in involved in one form or another since 2003.

What would you like people to know about the Ronald McDonald house and what it provides?

Reflecting on our experience staying at RMH in the Twin Cities several years ago, I would say the House was more than a location that met our physical needs for sleep, food, and laundry when we needed it. It was a home, and the staff, volunteers, other families provided a sense of community and connectedness.

What are you most excited about in the new RMHC house?

In the new house, I’m excited that there is such a nice balance of private and community spaces. The guest rooms with private bathrooms offer families a place to retreat to and recharge, and the lounge area, work space and kitchen and dining areas allow for guests to connect with other guests and volunteers, building community.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I enjoy photography, reading, and spending time with my family.

What is your favorite season?

Not winter! My favorite season is summer, especially time spent with friends and family at the lake.

Why do you volunteer?

I volunteer at RMH because I experienced what a difference RMHC made for our family. I hope to be part of that difference for families who need it today and in the future.

Thank you Lori! We are so grateful for all your help and care for our RMHC families! #volunteerRMHC