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Volunteer Newsletter: From Our House to Yours | Issue VII

We Miss Our Volunteers!

Check out the following Virtual Events being hosted in the coming weeks to benefit families staying at Ronald McDonald House New York! Help us spread the word by sharing with your family and friends. We hope to see you there!

Have an idea for a virtual event? Reach out at dstarfield@rmh-newyork.org.

Visit https://www.rmh-newyork.org/events/tao to find out more and register!
EXTENDED DEADLINE! Click here to buy wine to support the House!
We need our Heroes More than Ever! With dozens of the House's fundraising events getting cancelled, all funds raised are crucial to continuing to support the families at the House during this difficult time. If you haven't already, please make a fundraising page on our website or Facebook and send out the link to your community to ask for their help.

Yoga While You Work?!

Did anyone else know that you could do yoga while sitting in front of your laptop in the middle of a busy WFH day? I certainly didn’t before researching what to write for this week’s newsletter.

In Yoga With Adriene’s 6 minute "Yoga at Your Desk" video, she leads you through different stretches that target your back, neck, shoulders, hips, and legs all while sitting in a chair.

If you’re like me, you’ve been sitting at your kitchen table for the last 4 months and these stretches definitely helped loosen some tight muscles! I am VERY guilty of hunching over my laptop, so I particularly enjoyed the upper back stretch over the top of the chair. Just make sure the top of your chair hits right around your shoulder blades so that you get an even deeper stretch.

Quick tip - make sure those webcams are *off* before embarking on your mid-workday desk yoga practice….unless you plan on leading the rest of your team in a mid-meeting stretch!

Article submitted by Kelly Chu, Communications Volunteer

Create a virtual race with your colleagues, friends or family to help support RMH-NY! Reach out to Donna at dfinney@rmh-newyork.org to find out more!

DIY AT HOME

DIY Craft & Graphic submitted by Kelly Quane, Communications Volunteer
Send in book recommendations at dstarfield@rmh-newyork.org
For more book recommendations, click here!

Volunteer Spotlight

Sharmaine Harrison

Volunteer: Greeter

Profession: Buyer-Saks Fifth Avenue

Years Volunteering at the House: 1 year

How you got involved: I first became aware of RMH when I was 12 years old. My 5 year old brother was diagnosed with Leukemia and the RMHLA was an option that was presented to us however we ended up going a different route. Fast forward to 2013/2014 when working in the Macy’s Corporate office, I began to participate in volunteer groups that would support RMH-NY given the strong relationship ties between both organizations. At the time I did not feel that my schedule allowed itself to meet requirements for a formal volunteer but knew that was a goal of mine. Finally in 2018 I was in a place to apply and was accepted early 2019 and could not be happier. Full circle.

Favorite Events and Activity: Saturday Breakfasts (that’s sometimes a team I support during my Saturday shift), Fun Run, and anything and everything around the holidays!

Volunteer Goal: to be a committed volunteer and/or friend to the house for the rest of my remaining life

“I love meeting and interacting with the families in any capacity. Whether it’s meeting/entertaining the kids, having a casual conversation with a parent that might distract them from their situation for those few minutes, or any other small task that lightens the load a little. Enjoy Casual conversations with the residents and staff. The house is such a melting pot full of people with such interesting skills and backgrounds. You have some conversations that you would never have elsewhere. It’s valuable.” - Sharmaine Harrison

Article Submitted by Helena Russo, Communications Volunteer

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