Volunteer Spotlight: Mark and Darlene
May 28th, 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 Mark and Darlene, 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?
- How did you initially get involved with us?
We moved back to Wisconsin from Houston, Texas. We had both retired and were looking for volunteer opportunities. We heard a lot of wonderful things about the Ronald McDonald House. We spoke with the House Director, Tara, and she was genuinely nice to talk to, highly informative and welcomed us to join the organization.
- What is your favorite thing about volunteering here?
We enjoy the camaraderie of the staff and volunteers, meeting new people, and just helping fulfill the important mission of the House.
- Do you have a favorite memory with RMHC?
The opening of the new addition is a favorite memory. We saw how hard the staff worked to make it happen and it was nice to see it come to fruition after a long and arduous journey. We saw the blueprints and we were there through all the construction, so it was just nice to see the final product.
- What types of things have you done while volunteering for RMHC-Madison?
Darlene works the front desk and I (Mark) am the van driver. However, we have volunteered for many of the special projects over the years. We like to think Tara can call us at any time and we will come in and assist. We know it can be challenging at times with scheduling volunteers, so we just want to make ourselves available whenever we are needed.
- Tell us something about you we don’t know.
This year we will celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary and we were born in the same hospital five days apart.
- What would you say to someone who is considering becoming a volunteer?
Volunteering is important. There are volunteer opportunities all over the community. Much is accomplished with volunteers and you will feel good about giving your time to worthwhile causes.