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Stay up to date with news and volunteer opportunities from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.

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Happy National Volunteer Week!

Volunteers make our mission possible, and they deserve all the love during National Volunteer Week! Whether welcoming families, cooking meals, keeping our Houses organized, assembling kits for families off-site, lending their skills and expertise, supporting events, raising funds and awareness, or helping with administrative work, volunteers are essential to helping families get better together.

April Volunteer of the Month – Bridget Adu-Dapaah

Meet our volunteers! Each month, we highlight a stand-out volunteer (or two) and how they support families. For April, meet Bridget Adu-Dapaah, whose work as part of our Teen Advisory Council has made a big impact on families.

March Volunteer of the Month – John Kennedy

Meet our volunteers! Each month, we highlight a stand-out volunteer (or two) and how they support families. For March, meet John Kennedy, whose handy skills around the House make him an invaluable part of our volunteer team.

At Our Houses or Yours, There are Lots of Ways to Volunteer

As COVID-19 continues to evolve, so too do our volunteer opportunities and participation requirements. Whether you’re looking to get involved on-site at one of our Houses or remotely from your own home, individually or with a group, there’s an opportunity for everyone.

February Volunteer of the Month – Lois Stanciak

Meet our volunteers! Each month, we highlight a stand-out volunteer (or two) and how they support families. For February, meet Lois Stanciak, whose dedication and creativity make her a valued member of our volunteer team.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Last month, we shared reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as we work towards putting his legacy into action in our community and within Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana. With that goal in mind, we have been taking action across our organization to do our part as we strive to build a more just and equitable society.

Ané Ford’s Family

Little Ané was admitted to the hospital at only 16 months old, with her mom Kiara at her bedside, for more than 8 weeks as she was diagnosed and treated for a brain tumor. Kiara knew she needed to find a place to stay nearby. Luckily, they found a home away from home at Ronald McDonald House.

January Volunteer of the Month – Jim Borgaard

Meet our volunteers! Each month, we highlight a stand-out volunteer (or two) and how they support families. For January, meet Jim Borgaard, whose leadership in Red Shoe Society and support at a variety of events and other volunteer opportunities makes a real difference to families.

Living the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Vulnerability. Risk. Bravery. Those are the first three words that come to mind as I reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the observance of his legacy of civil rights activism.
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