August Volunteer of the Month – Jenny Shilgalis

Meet our volunteers! Each month, we highlight a stand-out volunteer (or two) and how they support families. For August, meet Jenny Shilgalis, who always makes families staying at our Ronald McDonald Family Room feel welcome and comfortable.

  1. How long have you volunteered with RMHC-CNI?
    I have been a volunteer since 2015, so going on six years.
  2. Where/how do you usually volunteer, and what do you typically do?
    I spend the majority of my time as an individual volunteer at the Ronald McDonald Family Room in Edward Hospital, located in Naperville, IL. As a Family Room volunteer, I typically run the front desk, manage food pickup and meal donations, keep the toys and playroom clean, put away fresh laundry, and prep the sleep rooms for future occupants. I really enjoy arranging the food in the pantry and fridge to make sure we are always offering fresh food to families.I’m also excited whenever I can help with tasks outside of the “normal” volunteer responsibilities for Family Room volunteers. For example, I recently helped the Edward Hospital administration hand out COVID-19 vaccine stickers to all hospital employees, and, in years past, I helped to organize the Family Room’s participation in the Naperville Labor Day parade.
  3. What is your favorite memory or experience from volunteering?
    My favorite memories are making connections with families that spend time in the Family Room. I enjoy hearing their stories, and often just listening to how their kiddos are doing. It’s nice to know that the Family Room provides a place of comfort and relaxation during their times of need.
  4. What would you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a volunteer?
    Volunteering gives me great satisfaction and purpose by helping others facing real challenges. Whenever I can provide a home-like atmosphere to a family so they can relax, rest, and decompress from the pressure of attending to their sick children, then I feel a real sense of accomplishment.
  5. What does it mean to you to donate your time to RMHC-CNI?
    It is truly meaningful for me to be involved with the Family Room inside Edward Hospital because I’ve made such great connections with fellow volunteers and guest families.  I have been blessed with healthy children and I want to bring comfort to parents and families during their stays in the Family Room.
  6. If someone was thinking about becoming a volunteer with our organization, what would you tell them about what they can expect if/when they get involved?
    Volunteering with RMHC-CNI is a great way to donate your time and make a difference in the lives of families. It is truly a rewarding and fulfilling way to help others.

Thank you Jenny for your outstanding commitment to helping families get better together!

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