Last week, I met up with some fellow John Carroll Cleveland Alumni Chapter members to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland. Our group volunteered to prepare dinner for the families in the house. As we had to cook for between 75-100 people, we decided to make pasta, salad, garlic bread, and cookies, which are all easily scalable for that amount of people.
As we got started in the kitchen, we discovered that one of our volunteers is a graduate of the Loretta Paganini School of Cooking. We quickly let her take charge!
From making the sauce to baking cookies to preparing the salad, there were lots of tasks to not only keep us busy, but get us working and talking together too!
Our volunteers didn’t all know each other from the start, so it was nice to have ways to make connections while we worked.
While our sauce was simmering, we were able to get a tour of the house.
We saw the history of the house, which opened in 1979, as well as the beautiful grounds which make this house known as the “Garden House” among other Ronald McDonald Houses.
Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland can accommodate 55 families per night, with the only requirement being that the family has a child under 21 receiving treatment at a nearby hospital. The house offers not only rooms to stay in, but playrooms, gardens, kitchen facilities (with guaranteed dinner nightly), computers, a library, and more. What really impressed me was how much of the services provided at the House are done through volunteers. From cleaning to gardening to preparing meals to staffing the front desk, there are a myriad of volunteers who help keep the House running.
If you’re interested in helping out at this special place that provides respite and support for families during what is surely a stressful time in their lives, click here to learn more about individual and group volunteer opportunities.
We had a very valuable and enriching experience making dinner at Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland! The John Carroll Cleveland Alumni Chapter will be returning to the House in December and throughout 2017, so if you’re an alumni interested in serving, watch your email for more details!
***Disclosure: I am the President of the John Carroll Cleveland Alumni Chapter. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***