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Volunteer Newsletter: From Our House to Yours | Issue VIII

Hello from the Volunteer Department!

We miss our volunteers and look forward to a time when we are able to welcome you back. Until then, please know how much we appreciate your continued support of our mission!

We Miss Our Volunteers!

How to Support our Heroes Fund

  1. Create your own fundraising page on our website. Share the link with your family and friends to ask for their support.
  2. Help us solicit Silent Auction Items. On October 28- November 11 we are hosting our annual online Silent Auction. Please think of any items or special experiences your job, friends or family may have access to and help us collect donated items to auction off this fall!
  3. Host a special Event with your community and ask them to make a donation on your fundraising page. It can be anything you want! Some volunteers have hosted exercise or cooking classes. Get creative!

Happy Christmas in July!

The 2nd Hospital Outreach Quarterly “event” of the year took place on Friday, July 24th Merry Christmas (Eve) in July! The FDNY dropped off bags to Morgan Stanley Children’s hospital, Elmhurst Hospital, and Montefiore Children’s Hospital. The families in the House also received bags as well. The bags contained Christmas themed arts and craft projects, games, word searches, Mad Libs and a puzzle.

This event was organized by Jennifer Ricca, RMH-NY Hospital Outreach & Child Life Specialist

There was also a special message posted on the Ronald McDonald House NY YouTube page for all the families to see:

How to Stay Committed to Your Fitness Goals While in Quarantine

Heading into the sixth month of quarantine with no definitive gym reopening date can be nerve-wracking. In order to stay motivated and committed to your fitness goals, check out these tips to help you stay active:

  1. Schedule time on your calendar for a workout session. Whether you want to spend 30 minutes every morning practicing yoga or just want 15 minutes blocked off for your daily afternoon walk, putting the time on your calendar makes it feel more “official” and you’ll be more likely to follow through.
  2. Purchase virtual Zoom classes from your favorite NYC trainers/studios. By putting a monetary commitment to a scheduled workout, you (and your wallet) will be more motivated to actually attend. Pro tip, pick a class that requires cameras on – not only will the trainer be able to cheer you on during class but they will also make sure that you commit to the full class.
  3. Pledge a monetary donation to RMH-NY! If you prefer working out alone versus virtual Zoom classes but still want a monetary commitment to hold you accountable, pledge a monetary donation to RMH-NY for every workout that you do not complete!
  4. Take an outdoor workout class. With the warmer weather, more studios have begun offering outdoor workouts on rooftops, in Central Park, and even in the Hamptons. Make sure to pick one that is following all health safety protocols including: no equipment sharing, dedicated workout spaces for each person, available hand sanitizer/wipes, and masks when not working out.

Article submitted by Kelly Chu, Communications Volunteer

DIY AT HOME

Instructions submitted by Shawna Salinger & Graphic designed by Kelly Quane, Communications Volunteers

Looking for some fun games to play while staying at home? Here are some resources to help you connect with family and friends.

  1. Board Game Arena is a fantastic resource if you want to play board games remotely with friends and family. There is a free version, but in my experience it works better if one person in the party has a premium membership (it’s not that expensive and only one player needs it). They have an extensive selection of games that you can play in real time virtually. I recommend 7 Wonders if you have a large group!
  2. If you are a fan of Codenames there is a free site to play that virtually. This works best when you additionally set up a video call with all players. My Aunt teaches English in Argentina and I have been helping out with some of the classes from here in NY – we love playing codenames for during this time.
  3. Do you have a deck of cards lying around? If you have young kids, I recommend looking at this article with directions on how to play 10 kid friendly card games, including Go Fish, Crazy Eights, and Rummy. If you are looking for some new card games that are more advanced, here is a great resource for that, just click on the name of the card game that looks interesting to you and the instructions on how to play will be provided.
  4. One last thing, it makes a fun daytime activity to have kids make their own board games. Here is an article to get you started, but really this can be a very creative space for kids to use their imaginations and knowledge.

Article Submitted by Andrea Boitnott, Communications Volunteer

Volunteer Spotlight

Junelle Demarest

Volunteer: Breakfast Club Team

Profession: Educator

Years Volunteering at the House: 1 year and 7 months

How you got involved: A friend of the family, volunteer Ken Geiger, introduced me to the House during the holidays. I joined Ken and the Yonkers Fire Department serving dinner to the families one night during the Christmas season. I enjoy being a part of such a wonderful community. I have met amazing people volunteering at the House and each and everyone of them will hold a special place in my heart.

Favorite Activity: I really enjoy the arts and crafts table my team and I set up during breakfast to engage the children of the House in a fun activity - each craft corresponds with the holiday of each month. I’ll forever remember the joy and smiles! I enjoy being a part of such a wonderful community.

Volunteer Goal: Continue to host fundraiser events to support the House.

Most Memorable Experience: I have had so many but one that holds near and dear to my heart was volunteering at Santa’s Workshop (the Macy's Living Room), where families got to choose Christmas gifts for their children. It felt so heartwarming knowing I was able to help families bring happiness to their loved ones. It is something I will never forget!

“The House is my second home; I couldn’t be more thankful to be a part of something so special. I want to thank my Breakfast Club Team (#3) for being some of the greatest people I know - I appreciate the care and effort you put into every Saturday!" - Junelle Demarest

Article Submitted by Helena Russo, Communications Volunteer

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