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Hi there! My name is Megan Renner. I am a full-time, second shift Family Service Manager here at the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world. I work the busy second shift weekdays. I feel so blessed to be able to say that I work for this organization. My journey with the charity started in March of 2016 when I took a tour of the house while considering becoming a volunteer. I fell in love with this big House full of heart. I became a front desk volunteer, interacting with families full of questions and guests who were usually coming in to help the House in one way or another. In July of 2016 I felt fortunate to begin an internship with Family Services and interned until December of 2016 when I graduated from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. After graduation I began working at the house part-time as a Family Service manager on the weekends. The hours changed every other weekend. One weekend I worked overnights on Friday and Saturday and on the opposite weekend I worked Saturdays in the morning. I continued working these various part-time hours at the house for a little over a year, and loving the work I was doing every moment because it’s so satisfying knowing the ultimate purpose of my job: taking care of families with an ill child. This past February I was offered a fulltime position and felt that I could not pass it up! Around the same time that I began working part-time, I also became a member of our young professionals group that helps support the house. It is called the Red Shoe Society and throughout the year we put on a number of community events that help raise funds and awareness for the house.
Working at the house is fulfilling on so many levels. When you tell someone you work at Ronald McDonald many are quick to say things like “that must be so hard” or “that must be depressing” but honestly that couldn’t be further from the truth. It is one of the happiest places and I look forward to coming into work every day. Here at the house it’s the little things that have the biggest impact and I am so honored to be a part of it all. Second shift is not an ideal shift that many people would choose to take. That is also one of the busiest shifts in the house especially for check-ins. I like to stay busy so it works really well for me. There is not really an ordinary day in the house, which keeps me on my toes and the job interesting. During second shift I get to interact with the families a lot more than those Family Service Managers might on some of the other shifts. That is by far my favorite part. Every family that is staying here has a child that is either admitted in the hospital or is in town for outpatient appointments. It is interesting hearing where the families are from and every family’s story is different in some way. To be able to help a family even if it is just getting an extra pillow for them, or being an ear for them to vent to is self-fulfilling to me. It also brings me back to reality. My worries or problems seem so small in comparison.
My favorite story from the house is a time that I was behind the front desk. For those that do not know, we have a large plastic tub full of donated Beanie Babies that we sometimes pass out to the kiddos in the house which is located behind the front desk. A child was crying and a little upset that he had to be here. I offered to let him pick out one of the Beanie Babies from the tub. After he picked one out he instantly hugged me, said thank you, and it brought the biggest smile to his face and mine! I knew right then and there this is where I am supposed to be! Going from volunteering, to interning, to working part-time with families and working with other young professionals to support the House, to now working full-time with incredibly resilient children and parents, has touched me beyond words. If you are looking for a way to fulfill a need to help others, consider checking out our volunteer opportunities here: http://rmhc-centralohio.org/get-involved/volunteer/
Your involvement with the Ronald McDonald House may just end up being as fulfilling as mine!
As we approach Mother’s Day 2018, it’s amazing to think about what a mom might consider, “bumps in the road.” Mothers truly have a unique perspective on life. Giving life. Nurturing the life of their child or children. And often being in the driver’s seat of the family’s journey, especially during those formative years. Cheryl Angus has certainly been navigating her family over some rough roads and through some stormy weather. A traveler’s nightmare that would have many of us wiping out if we were behind the wheel.
Cheryl and her girls have been coming to the Ronald McDonald House here in Columbus off and on for more than eight years. Both of her daughters, 12-year-old Logan & 8-year-old Michala, have health issues that have required them to come up from West Virginia to Nationwide Children’s Hospital regularly over those eight years. Cheryl says it started with an emergency room visit after doctors back home were perplexed by what was going on with Michala. At one point, it was thought that Michala might need a bone marrow transplant. Cheryl says Michala started to be fed through total parenteral nutrition (TPN) and then through a nasogastric (NG) tube. Cheryl says, “She ended up being inpatient for three months. It was hard because Logan was at home.” Home being about three-and-a-half hours drive-time away. Cheryl says she and her husband, Mike, would drive back and forth to touch base at home and check on Logan. Then, fortunately, Cheryl’s mom Martha began to drive Logan up from West Virginia on the weekends. At this point, the family did not yet know about The Ronald McDonald House. Cheryl remembers, “So when she brought Logan up we were like, ‘Oh my gosh! What are we going to do?!’ Logan didn’t want to go home because she missed us.” That’s when a nurse recommended putting in a referral to stay at The Ronald McDonald House. Cheryl says it was the answer they looking for to keep Logan close. “So she could come and visit and we could take turns getting sleep because we were absolutely EXHAUSTED.”
“When we first arrived, I was just kind of nervous because we hadn’t slept and didn’t know what to expect,” Cheryl recalls of coming to the House for the first time. “I was just like WOW!” she exclaims of having settled in the house the first night. “Everybody was so kind and nice and anything we needed was here.” And since then, she says seeing volunteers and staff at the house on repeat visits is so very reassuring after being weary from the road. “We have just come to know these familiar faces,” she adds. It’s like seeing a second family. It makes it a lot easier knowing that we have a place like this to come to. It’s stressful enough to drive – to be away from home for four days anyhow – but then to come here and be able to BREATH, you don’t have to worry.”
To emphasize that point, Cheryl brings up a very dark part of this eight-year journey. About half way through it, four years ago, her husband Mark suffered a massive heart attack in his sleep. He didn’t survive the attack. Cheryl was, what many of us might call, a wreck at that point. It’s tough for many of us to think of losing the co-parent, or co-pilot, in the middle of a tough journey. But Cheryl was able to get right back on the road, thanks to the help of her own mother. “My mom has stepped in as my helper. Without her, I wouldn’t be able to juggle all these appointments back and forth.” This day, with both Logan and Michala having visits to the hospital, was a perfect example. “I’ve had to switch back n’ forth today with the girls. Logan had some stuff this morning and Michala this afternoon. So she stayed here with Michala and then I went over there and then we came back and switched. But my mom has been here with me quite a bit.”
But, when Martha can’t travel with the girls, Cheryl says her ‘second family’ here at the House, steps right in with support. Once, last year, when Logan had a major surgery at the hospital, she was discharged, but still having pains. Without a car and without her mom, Cheryl had to bring Logan back to the House, navigating Logan’s wheelchair through the rain. “I cried trying to get her over here,” she remembers. “It was freezing cold outside, I had to put her in a wheelchair and wrap her in a blanket. She cried the whole way over here because it hurt. Every. Bump. Hurt.” And as any parent knows, when your child hurts, you hurt. When Cheryl and Logan came through the front doors at the House, Family Activities Manager Abigail Brummé and Lindsey Beggin, a Volunteer Coordinator at the time, were standing at the front desk and could see both were drenched, in pain, and in need of special love and care. Cheryl says, “We came in and I started crying again and Logan was crying and they just started saying, ‘hey it’s going to be okay’ and they helped us up to the room and got her her in bed… got her settled.” “Just knowing, ‘hey you’re not alone in this.’ That meant the world to me at that time because I felt so alone being here with her. I couldn’t do anything for her. It was like 10 degrees outside. It was awful in the middle of February last year. It was just horrible and I wanted to make her to feel better. As soon as we came through the door, though, support was waiting!”
To the staff and volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House, this mom, who has been through so many “bumps in the road” with her daughters and her own mom, Cheryl has a message: “What you do – I don’t think you realize what a gift that you’re giving of your time and your energy and how much the people here really appreciate what you’re doing.” Her family’s trek up here may always be a long drive, but Cheryl says, once they arrive at what they consider a second home, The Ronald McDonald House, “there’s never a bump in the road!” She adds, that she hopes the women her daughters see volunteering and working in the house are an inspiration for the girls, should they enter motherhood themselves one day.
It’s not unusual for Canadians to be hockey fans. Recent surveys show hockey is still the #1 sport for fans in our neighboring country to the north. But it is somewhat unusual for Canadians to be Columbus Blue Jackets fans. Naturally, most Canadians are fans of Canadian hockey teams. But one little hockey fan staying at The Ronald McDonald House stands out from his fellow hockey fans back in his hometown of Marionville, Ontario. 10-year-old Tristan, a minor (youth) hockey league player himself, is actually a fan of our very own Columbus Blue Jackets. Sergei “Bob” Bobrovsky is a big reason he’s such a fan of the Blue Jackets. The 29-year-old Bobrovksy is a goaltender for the Blue Jackets who was given a lot of credit for the saves he made in the 6 games against the Washington Capitals during the National Hockey League playoffs last month. One of the highlights came with his record-setting — and game-stealing — 54 save performance in game 2 of the match up. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to save the team’s trek toward a Stanley Cup showdown. Despite winning the first two games of their series against the Capitals, they just weren’t able to advance past the first round of the playoffs.
Like any CBJ fan, Tristan was disappointed when the team’s road to the Stanley Cup ended a few weeks ago. He also wasn’t excited about making his third trip in 3 years down to Nationwide Children’s Hospital for treatment. Seeing his favorite hockey team – and his favorite player – in the second round of the playoffs would have been something that would have excited him on this trip. Especially if he were somehow able to watch the CBJ in person on the team’s home ice at Nationwide Arena. Tristan’s mom, Melanie, says Tristan, “has had a hard year health-wise.” She says yesterday was particularly difficult for him, but that didn’t stop Tristan’s coach back in Canada, from trying to make Tristan’s trip to Columbus special this time. Tristan plays for The Russell Warriors, a minor hockey team in Ontario. The Warriors’ coach contacted a friend who put Tristan’s parents in contact with Kathryn Dobbs, Executive Director of the CBJ Foundation. And although Bobrovsky and other players are out of town, Dobbs was able to arrange for Stinger, the Blue Jackets mascot, to visit Tristan here at the Ronald McDonald House. Not only did Stinger visit, he brought donuts, a poster of the Columbus Blue Jackets team, a stuffed CBJ toy, and A CBJ JERSEY AUTOGRAPHED BY #72 HIMSELF, SERGEI BOBROVSKY! Tristan was so excited, it inspired him to dance with Stinger! And, if that weren’t enough, Stinger also challenged him to a little one-on-one basketball in the backyard of the House.
So although Tristan wasn’t able to see his beloved Blue Jackets and his favorite player make it to the Stanley Cup this year, thanks to Tristan’s coach back in Canada and the CBJ Foundation, this visit turned out to be one of the best this Canadian hockey fan has ever had in the United States!
By Zak Chappelear
The first time I stepped into the Columbus Ronald McDonald House was about five years ago. But before I even entered the House, I was very familiar with the charity’s mission and how it all worked. My mom and grandmother had already been volunteering at the House for quite sometime. My mom was a House-warmer, helping to ready guest rooms for those families about to arrive at the House. My grandmother was, and still is, a Kitchen Host. She makes sure volunteer meal groups and the families staying at the house have what they need to get cooking, while also helping to make sure dining and serving areas are always neat and clean. I was between jobs at the time, and knowing I had some extra time, my mom and grandmother invited me to go with them to volunteer on one of their shifts. I was a little hesitant at first, but eventually decided to go along with them and check it out.
As soon as I walked into the house, I was welcomed by some of the nicest people that I had ever met. Throughout the entire first day, I just kept meeting lots of great people from the staff to the volunteers. Everyone was very helpful and great to work with, so the time flew and suddenly my volunteer shift was done. After that first day, I was hooked. It left such an impression on me knowing that I had just helped the House that was keeping families close while a child was in the hospital. And the families expressed their appreciation. That’s why I wanted to become more involved with the House. When I came back to do more, my first assignment was to help with transporting the big, heavy barrels full of all the collected pop tabs to the recycling plant. Since my dad also owned a truck, we decided to make recycling the pop tabs our job. Not only was it fun, it was cool to see how all those little aluminum pieces turned into a big check for the House. Seeing the generosity of volunteers of their time, and donations from the community of items as simple as milk jugs full of pop tabs, allowed me to make up my mind: I was going to continue to volunteer. That day, for me, would eventually be that start of more than 4 years of serving the House.
Since I wanted to be more involved with the House, I started to look for new ways or other opportunities to volunteer. My background is in construction, so I naturally felt the calling to help with the building maintenance. As I began to work with the Facilities Director, I fell more and more in love with the House. There’s just something heart-warming about helping to make sure the heats working in the room of a family that’s come from a far warmer climate; just baring Ohio’s cold winter to do what they can for their child’s health. Or making sure the refrigerator’s working for that new mom whose pumping and has to store her milk for when her baby needs it. After about a year and a half volunteering in my free time , I felt I had learned all of the nuts & bolts of how this big House works while also forming long-lasting bonds with fellow volunteer craftsman. And that’s when I was fortunate to be offered a full time job to work as the House’s Facilities Technician .
Those bonds with the volunteers and staff at Ronald McDonald House have solidified over my years working at the House, to the point where the whole RMHC team feels like a family. I’ve learned a lot from this extended family. My experience has allowed me to gain invaluable knowledge that I will take with me as a venture into a new facilities role at my church. One of the unique things about my experience working at the house was that I was honored to work with members of my actual family as, together, we helped to serve the families staying in the House. And I’m not the only member of my family whose grown (in more ways than one) from serving these out-of-town families. My mom also moved from a volunteer position to a staff position. Now, as the Program Manager, she has an important role in making sure the families are comfortable whether they’re staying at the House or visiting the new Ronald McDonald Family Room at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital. My dad still comes in from time to time to volunteer with facilities projects. My Grandmother is still one of the amazing volunteer Kitchen Hosts, a role she loves too. And my aunt, who sometimes cuts hair for families staying at the House, also joined the staff as one of the weekend Volunteer Coordinators.
As you can see, The Ronald McDonald House isn’t just a place where families can come together and have a safe and warm place to stay while their child is receiving treatment. It’s also a place where families can work together to help provide that safe warm place for other families. Whether it’s volunteering as a family, or a group of friends to clean and make beds, or co-workers making meals, or even staff members making sure the House is running 24/7, it’s all worth the time given and much needed. Not to mention that you always end up having a lot of fun! It really can be like one big happy family, even if you’re not actually related!
By Jesse Wildman
Somebody has to maintain the House, right? Here at RMHC Central Ohio, we are lucky to have a team of “somebodies”. Highly specialized volunteers dubbed “The Craftsmen”. About a dozen members make up this team, and about 6 of them are in the House at a time. I had the opportunity to chat with Ed (volunteer for 12 years) and Jim (volunteer for 3.5 years) while they fixed the hydraulic opening mechanism on the top of the door – or something like that?
They began our conversation by telling me what they were working on – it was like a foreign language – all I got was that they were fixing the silver mechanism at the top of the door – but this instantly told me all I needed to know. These guys are team players and will figure out how to fix anything.
The rooms in the house used to be carpeted – until The Craftsmen ripped it up and put down linoleum. The tv’s are hanging because of this team, and they even make some of the “fine furniture”, but it seems like there is some debate. They were both sure to mention The Warren House, one of the houses behind the main Ronald McDonald House that’s now part of our campus. The Warren House was a 6 month project. They did everything other than the mechanics – even redesigning the bathroom. They are definitely proud of their work, and rightly so!
Most importantly, they have fun by doing it. They mention that their team brainstorms and bounces off of each other, and I can only imagine the laughs that these guys have. Both agreed that when a family comes up and thanks them, their day is made.
Ed volunteers because he believes in the mission that all families deserve a place to stay and be comfortable, especially when a loved one is sick. Jim says that anyone interested in volunteering should apply, then arrange a visit to see the House – that is all it takes “to get it”. He mentions that anyone can find a niche in which to volunteer. By the way, the team of Craftsmen only have that nickname because there are currently no women with the group. But, of course, women can sign up too. So, whether you’re a man or a woman, you’re welcome to join this group or any of our volunteer opportunities: http://rmhc-centralohio.org/get-involved/volunteer/
“Cayden Jolliff is 1,113 days old today.” That’s how his mom, Gretchen, updated her family, friends and supporters yesterday when sharing the lastest news about her son. That’s how she always starts to give a daily update to the group, which she calls “Cayden’s Crew.” It shows just how much she treasures every day Cayden’s been alive. On Monday, Gretchen, Cayden’s dad, Kevin, and Cayden’s grandma Ruthann, came back to the Ronald McDonald House with Cayden. The family was coming back to the House where they had stayed for just over two years from the moment Cayden was born. This time, it wasn’t to check-in because Cayden had to have another stay in the hospital. It was to give back to the House. And this time, they brought with them two luggage carts filled with donations, including household items and thousands of pop tabs. If that weren’t enough, they also presented the House staff with a check for more than $1,500! Gretchen says it was all the result of that group of supporters, Cayden’s Crew. The family had asked them to gather needed items for the House instead of giving gifts to Cayden for his birthday, on March 23rd, and they came through with quite a haul.
But what made this visit to the house much more special is that it was the first time Cayden had ever been in The Ronald McDonald House. “Cayden decided today on the way down to Columbus that even though it was his nap time, he didn’t want any part of that and pretty much cried all the way, ” Gretchen said of the car trip to deliver the goods. “Once we got in the house, he began to look around and wasn’t so sure what he thought about Ronald,” she said of Cayden’s first impression seeing the Ronald McDonald statue sitting on the bench in the House lobby area. “He didn’t hate the statue, but was just staring at him with a questionable look.” “We were able to see so many of our friends at the house today. It was weird actually having Cayden there with us and not staying,” she added.
Gretchen says they expect to return to the House some day soon with another donation and a big announcement. Meanwhile, Gretchen says Cayden’s doctor appointment that day went well. “We will start to wean another med over the next few months. This wean will be VERY VERY slow as Cayden depends on this med for his nervous system.” But she added, “Even without the nap happening today and a little bit of grumpiness, today was a really great day.”
By: Amy Smith, Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio and I’m honored to be working alongside them. I started my journey as a volunteer purely to feel closer to a place that had given my family so much.
At 11 years old, my cousin stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Dayton on and off for two years. They were able to give my aunt a place to stay and be close to her son. After a LONG two years, my cousin was healthy and no longer had to stay at the Dayton house. My aunt always talked so highly of Ronald McDonald House and how hard the volunteers worked every day. Those words had always stuck with me. That’s why I decided to give of my time at the House in Columbus.
I started as a volunteer here at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio in 2016 and instantly fell in love with the House. Volunteering gave me the chance to meet people from all different walks of life all working towards the same goal: making families feel as comfortable as possible. The house holds such a special place in my heart, I would always say I would do anything for the house.
After volunteering for some time, I was given the opportunity to become a coordinator for volunteers here at the place I love. I said I would do anything for the house, and this gave me the chance to use my skills to really do anything for this house. Since I stepped into this new role, I have a seen volunteers go the extra mile for our families and the house. They go above and beyond the call of duty and their passion for the house is like nothing I’ve seen before. Their passion drives my passion and I can never say “thank you” enough to them for all the hard work they do.
Nearly three thousand visits have already been logged by those looking for rest and recharge in The Ronald McDonald Family Room at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital since the opening of the room in July of last year. Three-hundred seventy-six are the number of families we have served over that same time in this first Ronald McDonald Family Room opened by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. We have been honored to serve these families, most of whom have had a baby in the NICU at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Our Family Room space offers a respite where moms, dads, & siblings can take a few minutes to refresh and relax away from the hustle and bustle of the hospital. A snack, a shower, a recliner, even a video game or two are just a few of the things patients’ families can enjoy while in the Family Room. One of the really great things about the Family Room is that we are able to serve families right here in our local community. While families staying at the House come from afar, the majority of families who use our space at Riverside Methodist Hospital live here in Franklin County! We are delighted to be able to give back to the very community that has supported us for 36 years!
To help visitors to the Family Room, we have more than a hundred volunteers who attend to the guests’ needs every day of the year. Our volunteers present a warm inviting space and help meet the needs of families. Dedicated volunteers like Art and Karli (pictured). Art Hersey always shows up for his shift and kindly asked ONE TIME if he could take his birthday off! And Karli Schomaker is a busy mom of two who often works with Art and knows just what it takes to help parents keep kids entertained for a bit. Our volunteers not only serve families by offering towels and toiletries for a shower (862 showers so far!), laundry detergent to wash their clothes, and a listening ear, sometimes they even provide a hug! We are so grateful for our volunteers who are dedicated to caring for our families!
Our volunteers do it all for the families. We ask guests to leave comments about their experience with the Ronald McDonald Room, and here’s just a sampling of the many positive comment we get back about this valuable resource:
· “Loved the NICU family night. Glad to have the ability to bring my food to the hospital and have a space to keep it cold and heat it up. Saved me money.”
· “So thankful we had this spot to gather our thoughts and nourish ourselves during a very stressful time. Thank you.”
· “Thank you for providing this area!”
· “It was awesome to be able to sit down and talk to parents who were going through the same thing. It was calming and relaxing to talk to other parents.”
· “Thank you for providing a space for our family! Our youngest was in the NICU during flu season and our other 3 children were not allowed on the floor so they spent some time in RM area while we were passing kids off from one parent to another.”
Six-year-old Parker Call’s family has been coming to the Ronald McDonald House here in Columbus for almost all of his life. Parker had been seen at a hospital in Dayton, where doctors recommended a surgery that could be accomplished sooner at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and Parker has been coming to NCH ever since then. Around the House, Parker is well known for his brilliant smile and his cordial wave from his wheelchair. His sister Mallori is the attention-getter. She’s the center of attention wherever she goes in the House, usually bursting with energy and leading the way running several steps ahead of their mom, Eve. And sometimes quiet Wyatt, almost 2, will join them for a stay. The family has endeared themselves to volunteers and staff each time times they’ve stayed in the House.
Since 2014, Eve says she and her kids have seen Nationwide Children’s Hospital expand to include 2 new towers, and have also seen our House grow from the 88 rooms to our current 137 rooms. Coming to our House, Eve says, “I really didn’t know what to expect.” Since then, Eve says she and her kids have really come to appreciate all we have to offer. She was especially impressed when the commercial kitchen was added for meal groups to serve guests cafeteria-style. Before then, families would have to circle a kitchen island in one of the family kitchens to serve themselves. And, she points out that her family started coming here, “before the princess room existed!” In all seriousness, though, Eve says being able to leave the hospital environment for rest and relaxation is very important. “It’s nice to be able to get a good night’s rest and be able to be energized to keep up with the busy schedule over there.” She adds, “Once they’re admitted, it gets a little crazy… it’s nice to get a full night’s rest and not worry about spending lots of money in a cafeteria and hotels.”
Eve especially wants the unpaid volunteers to know how much she appreciates what they all do for her family during each and every visit. “They’re awesome!” Asked if she would have any advice for any family preparing to come and stay at our House for the first time, Eve responds by saying she would simply tell them to relax, “it’s just like going to a second home and just like having a second family.”
Today is my first day at the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio. I’m volunteering as a Communication Intern for the next few months. I’m a third year student at The Ohio State University and am on a light class load for the semester, so I have some free time – why not give back? In December, I reached out to a mentor downtown to chat about possibilities of volunteering or interning. He mentioned typical volunteer opportunities such as making meals, or professional opportunities, how he gives back. If I have a skillset that can bring value, why not use it for good? Time is perishable – if I don’t use my skills today or tomorrow, they are wasted and those are 48 hours I can’t get back. Those are 48 hours that could have been used to help put smiles on families’ faces. So here I am, a few weeks later – ready to get to work. I am blessed with a supportive family, and am excited to help other families stay together while their children get the care they need! If my work helps one family smile, my time will be worth it.
I live about 40 minutes from the house by bus (it’s kind of a hike), so I was planning on only coming in one day a week. As I turned off of High Street on to Livingston Avenue, I saw Nationwide Children’s Hospital – it is enormous. I’ve participated in Buckeyethon – an Ohio State fundraiser to support Nationwide Children’s Hospital, but have never seen it in person. I then sat in the lobby of the house waiting to be walked back to the office and had the opportunity to watch some of the families. Kids running around smiling, parents asking (and receiving) anything one could fathom and volunteers checking in. I knew this place was going to be special, but couldn’t imagine the immediate connection I felt. So, that one day a week turned into 2 days and some time out of the office.
I am now on a mission – there is now a purpose to my free time.
As a student at Ohio State, I’m constantly surrounded by some of the smartest and most outstanding kids in the world. We have the opportunity to access a world class education and peers trying to change the world. With that said, it is kind of a bubble – students, and I myself am guilty, often don’t see past campus. I think the same thing can be said for society as a whole, but that’s a different discussion. The world is bigger than what we see every day. I’m excited to get out of that bubble and I’m excited to learn. Most importantly, I am excited to help make a difference.
I was raised giving back from when I can first remember – “tzedakah” as we call it in the Jewish religion. I am lucky to be in the position to donate my time, and am excited for this experience.
What are you doing with your free time? Check out how to get involved: http://rmhc-centralohio.org/get-involved/volunteer/