Volunteer Spotlight: Jim & Helen
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Madison volunteers are essential to delivering our mission of creating and supporting programs that enhance the health and well-being of children and their families. Without volunteers, like Jim and Helen, we would not be able to do what we do. This month we are celebrating two of our Ronald McDonald Family Room volunteers who have been with us since the program started. We can’t thank this amazing husband and wife duo for the love and dedication they show us and the families we serve.
- How long have you been volunteering at RMHC-Madison?
We both started volunteering when the Ronald McDonald Family Room opened at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison over five years ago.
- How did you initially get involved with us?
We were both volunteers at St. Mary’s in other areas and welcomed the opportunity to be able to help the families with fragile little babies.
- What is your favorite thing about volunteering here?
Our favorite thing is meeting the families and knowing we are helping them when they are under such stress because of their fragile babies.
- Do you have a favorite memory with RMHC?
It’s always hearing about a baby going home—especially those with long stays.
- What types of things have you done while volunteering for RMHC-Madison?
We helped with the grand opening, volunteer regularly, and fill in when needed. We also volunteer at special events. Jim makes plant stands for the annual fundraiser.
- Tell us something about you we don’t know.
Jim has been swimming with dolphins for 21 years in Florida and the Bahamas. He is a retired carpenter. Helen is a retired Group Tour Planner and has volunteered at St. Mary’s for 38 years.
- What would you say to someone who is considering becoming a volunteer?
If you would like to do something to help other people and feel good about it, this would be the place to be. You receive so many thank yous that you leave at the end of your shift feeling very good.