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Celebrating Volunteers & 29 years!

May 31st, 2022

Before a shovel hit the ground nearly three decades ago, a compassionate crew of volunteers imagined what RMHC-Madison could be for families facing a child’s medical crises far from home.  The organization was built on the idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on the health and wellbeing of their child.

For the first time in more than two years, we welcomed back volunteers in person for an appreciation event in Hope Park on Sunday, May 22 which also marked the 29th anniversary of RMHC-Madison. Guests heard remarks from Executive Director Kelly Ruppel and were honored for years of service by program directors, Michael Rosenblum, and Teresa Van Den Wildenberg.

“I was impressed and moved by the attendance of the entire staff, your smiling faces, and kind words… I was also touched by the words from the two highlighted volunteer groups – National Charity League Madison Chapter and Junior League of Madison. One of the speakers seemed as though she was choking up as she spoke about what making meals with her daughter meant to her. It was very heartfelt and sincere and made me feel good. So, I thank you and feel like these two groups gave, and give, meaning and substance to RMHC,” said Mariel Lund, Night & Weekend Supervisor, RMHC-Madison

Volunteers are the heart and soul of everything we do. They are a truly amazing group of caring, gifted people who bring a diverse range of talent. RMHC-Madison volunteers selflessly offer their time, energy, and kindness to the families we serve. When asked what their favorite part about volunteering is they said…

  • Being there for parents at such a stressful time.
  • There is always something that I know how to do for a great cause.
  • The people—you.
  • Helping people in need.
  • The food and friends.
  • Helping interpret Spanish/English for families.
  • Working with the staff and guests.
  • Meeting and assisting the moms and dads at the Family Room.
  • Giving back!
  • Help clean and sort items to make RMHC presentable and cozy for residents.
  • All the wonderful people you meet working at the House.
  • Making families’ lives easier who are going through a difficult time.
  • Doing something helpful for those who need help; nothing beats paying it forward.
  • The people!
  • Interacting with returning and existing families.
  • The families.

Pictures from the 2022 Volunteer Appreciation Event can be viewed here.