Western Michigan Chapter Volunteers at Ronald McDonald House
Grand Rapids, Michigan—A group from the Western Michigan CPCU Society Chapter prepared dinner at the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan on March 15, 2016.
Participating members included Beau Barnum, Tiffany Chilvere, Jennifer Hamacher, Janie Hathaway, Christina Hess, Vic Prowse, and Roger Weise. In support of the Ronald McDonald House’s mission, “to provide a ‘home away from home’ for families of children and youth seeking medical or mental health treatment in our community,” the Society members shopped for food and supplies and then prepared a meal consisting of lasagna, garlic bread, tossed salad, and baked chocolate-chip cookies served with ice cream for dessert.
The Ronald McDonald House provides resources 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to over 450 families annually. It has 17 rooms that are always filled to capacity—which is why it relies on volunteers. The Society volunteers, in particular, were impressed with the facility and what it offers the community. For the volunteers’ efforts, the house’s four kitchen areas, grouped in one large space, helped make preparing the dinner go smoothly.
The CPCU Society group reported that the best part of the afternoon was serving food to guests staying at the house, and then eating and conversing with the guests during dinner. They all agreed they received much more than they gave and said they felt truly blessed to have had the experience.
Published April 8, 2016