Team: Monday night
Profession: Interior Design
How did you get involved at the House? I have always felt that’s its important to give back and help make a change in people’s lives. I had been involved with many different groups where I had been living in Pomona NY, when I moved into the city I lived around the corner from RMH NY. I thought this would be a perfect fit for me as I had been a schoolteacher for many years and an arts and crafts counsellor.
Years Volunteering: 16
Volunteer Goal: I always try to think about what I could do to make the lives of the people residing at the House better and how I can create some normalcy for the families.
Favorite & Most Memorable Volunteering Experience at RMH-NY: That would be the parents who have come up to me after one of my events and have hugged me and thanked me, parents have just come from the chemo unit and have told me that for two hours they and their child felt normal.
What you enjoys most about being at the House?I love spending time with the children and watching them have a really good time. I’m always amazed that no matter how sick the children are they can have fun. Sometimes I can’t even tell the difference between the sick kids and their siblings.
What do you miss most about not visiting the house since quarantine began? I miss the kids, the families and the volunteers. But most of all during this pandemic I miss giving back and making a difference in their lives.
“The Ronald McDonald House is such a special place. I’m so lucky to be a volunteer here. I’ve made some wonderful friendships with many of the volunteers. He parents and the kids have taught me many lessons about what’s really important in life” - Shelly Talan
Article submitted by Helena Russo, Communications Volunteer.