Last week, I met up with other members of the Kappa Delta Cleveland Alumnae Chapter to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House.
Ronald McDonald House provides low-cost or free housing to families whose children are receiving medical care at a nearby hospital. Currently, the Cleveland Ronald McDonald House has 35 rooms, but is looking to add more rooms in the near future.
Our task that evening was to prepare and serve dinner for the residents. There is often no set meal time at the house, as families come in and out after doctor’s appointments or visiting hours. Our group brought in a Mexican-themed meal, with tacos, enchiladas, Spanish rice, chips and salsa, and more.
When we arrived, we immediately got busy in the kitchen, warming up dishes, slicing veggies, and generally getting the meal prepared.
Once dinner was served, our “job” was just to keep the stations filled. We also had a chance to chat with the families staying at Ronald McDonald House. We all know Cleveland is a center of great medical care, but that really hits home when you see people from around the world coming here for treatment.
What also hits home is how difficult it must be to not only have a sick child, but to be in an unknown city dealing with that. The Ronald McDonald House provides more than just a roof. It provides a built-in support system with the other residents and the staff. Families make friends, kids play pick-up games of soccer in the hallway, and a generally unbearable situation becomes a little more bearable.
Volunteering at Ronald McDonald House was a great experience and I’m so happy we were able to help such a deserving organization. If you or a group you’re involved with would like to volunteer, either by providing dinner or in any other way, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities. Click here for a list. What organizations do you volunteer with in Cleveland?