Volunteer Spotlight: Karen and Cyril
June 25th, 2020
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 Karen and Cyril, we would not be able to do what we do. We can’t thank this amazing duo enough for the love and dedication they show us and the families we serve.
- How long have you been volunteering at RMHC-Madison?
We have been volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House for one year.
- How did you initially get involved with us?
We got involved initially because we saw an ad in the local newspaper that volunteers were needed, and we were looking for a new experience. We had biked by the House for a few years and were always curious about what you all did, and how you did it!
- What is your favorite thing about volunteering here?
Our favorite thing about the House is the camaraderie among staff and volunteers. The stories from the families are always so interesting too, and at times, heart-wrenching. And I don’t think there has been a time in our year with you that someone hasn’t said “thank you” to us. Pretty cool.
- Do you have a favorite memory with RMHC?
There is no one favorite memory, but a collection of them that we have shared with family and friends throughout the year. The one thing that has amazed us is as we tell our House stories, we find so many others that have experienced the generous help while their child was hospitalized, and how eternally grateful they are to this day.
- What types of things have you done while volunteering for RMHC-Madison?
Our work at the House was general housekeeping, primarily in the kitchen and dining areas. We have also helped prepare and deliver Lunches with Love.
- Tell us something about you we don’t know.
We like things to be REALLY clean ( but I bet you already knew that!!!
- What would you say to someone who is considering becoming a volunteer?
Volunteering at the House will give back to you much more than any work that you may do during a shift. Volunteers are all ages, all backgrounds, all abilities. We would encourage all who want a great place to share talents to give it a try. (Plus I need help cleaning ovens HA!!)