Happy (Belated) Father's Day!
To make Father's Day extra special we celebrated our Dads of the House with tasty meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner from EJ's Luncheonette, The Little Beet and Tony's Di Napoli! Each Dad received a special care package with hair & beard trimmers and shaving kits, which I am sure you can imagine, was very much needed right now! One Dad (pictured here) was so happy, he said “Are you kidding me? I need a trim so bad.” A big thank you to Ralph Lauren for sponsoring this day!
Sending a warm virtual hug to all of the Dad's out there.
RMH-NY Father/son duo, Reymi & Noel sing Stand By Me with the help from our friends at Broadway Hearts!
We Miss Our Volunteers!
Volunteer: Monday Night Team Member & Youth Advisory Council's Advisor
Profession: Analyst, IPPOLITA
Years Volunteering at the House: 7 years
How you got involved: In high school, my friend Allie knew how much I enjoyed volunteering with children and invited me to join her in attending a meeting for a brand new initiative at the Ronald McDonald House New York. This became the Youth Advisory Council and was led by Terri Eggers. The work we did was so impactful and fulfilling that it played a large role in my decision to attend NYU which enabled me to continue my involvement in the council as an advisor. I am lucky enough to still advise the Council today, but am extra lucky because I am also on the Monday Night Team.
Volunteer Highlight: It is a culmination of a thousand experiences because every interaction I have with the kids, their siblings, and their families is just as meaningful as the last. I love walking into the dining room and seeing a family who has returned for a checkup who are so excited to catch me up on how they have been. I get to establish friendships with kids who have lived at the house for years, who count on seeing me on Mondays. We get to laugh while rolling on the floor with Tugboat, Monday Night Teams’ therapy dog. I see families on the street and we stop and chat. It is the highlight of my week, every week.
Another special takeaway for me is with the Youth Advisory Council, where I meet high schoolers as freshman and watch them develop a desire to serve others from their genuine experiences with the staff and families of the House. Many go on to study medicine or volunteer at local Houses near their colleges. Their experiences at the House leave tangible positive impacts on their future.
What you enjoy most: Seeing the children anxiously awaiting Tugboat’s arrival and the smiles on their faces.
"Volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House has reshaped the way I view dedication, gratitude, and the magnitude of human kindness. I have realized that everything in life is fleeting, but nothing is more meaningful than showing someone how much you care." - Gillian Ryder
Article Submitted by Helena Russo, Communications Volunteer