I was recently invited to visit the Ronald McDonald House in Clifton to learn about their new Taste of Hope program. If you're not familiar Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home to families whose children are hospitalized at Cincinnati Children's.
They just posted on Monday about a family that has been there from Turkey for 354 days and is FINALLY going home.
Take a minute to imagine if that was you - that had a child with major medical issues and you had to spend a year halfway around the world to save your child. Would you be able to afford it? That is exactly why Ronald McDonald House exists.
Now - the residents get variety in their meals, they can find out exactly what's in anything and plan ahead. The folks at RMH told us that so many more people are eating the meals, there are fewer leftovers and the comments are great!
And that's where Taste of Hope comes in!!!
Now - volunteer groups can come in - hands free - and basically have a fun cooking class and team building experience. There is a donation cost for the group - but it's super affordable!!! For lunch, your team donates $250 and for dinner/weekend brunch it's $400.
Let's think about that - for just $250 - they can feed 100 people!!! They like to have groups of 4-12 people (minimum: 14 years old) - so even if you got a group of friends - for $20 you could have a cooking class and do something great for charity!
One thing Lynn shared with us is about those pop tabs that they collect - they bring in $25,000 every year - IN POP TABS! Every little bit helps!
They also have a light on top of the building that can be seen from the windows of Children's Hospital. This gives the kids that are staying at the hospital comfort because they know their loved ones are close by.
So after this great visit - I had to sign up and volunteer! Luckily my office has exactly 12 people - so it was the perfect size for the Taste of Hope program.
Here we are - what a great looking group!
You might also be wondering about the time commitment - for lunch it goes from 10-2, dinner is 4-8 and brunch is 8-12. After you prepare and serve lunch, you get to eat it as well. We were very happy because Graeters was on the menu for dessert! #WINNING
There are still plenty of options in June to volunteer (scroll to the bottom to see the calendar) - so I urge you - dare I say CHALLENGE you to create a team and help out Ronald McDonald House. Work at a small company? Tell your boss it's a really affordable and fun team building opportunity for just $250! Work at a big company? Submit a proposal for your team to do it! (Every big company has teams - right?!) Have a group of friends? Ask them if they want to get some good mojo and have a fun lunch or dinner and do some good!
Ronald McDonald House does amazing work and they need you to keep doing that amazing work. It's a really fun experience - I hope you'll join in!