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July 5, 2011

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July 5, 2011

Ronald McDonald House of Indiana is doing spectacular things for Indiana families during a difficult time in their lives. I served dinner there as a part of the Young Professionals Board and was able to actually meet and serve the several families staying at the House. It was helpful to actually speak with those that we are serving. The most impressive part to me was that the families actually thanked us as they were leaving the dining room! In the middle of their struggle they recognized that others were helping them. It was so touching and made me want to go back again and again.

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The smiles of the famlies. We were able to lighten up their day just for a few minutes during dinner, but it was so very valuable to them.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Create satellite boards/locations to make it easier for people in other counties to participate and serve.

June 29, 2011

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June 29, 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Ronald McDonald house two different times in 2008 while our son was undergoing surgery for a heart defect. We were given a room right away each time because of our particular circumstance. It provided us a way to sleep, and take shower but still be close to our son if needed which was very comforting to us. There were plenty of meals provided at both the Limestone and Riley location that helped make our stay in the hospital a little better. What a wonderful place to help families through the simple things while going through a difficult time.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

We were provided a comfortable place to stay and still be close to our ill child.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes.

June 29, 2011
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June 29, 2011
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On October 25, 1996 my 7 month old son, William, was diagnosed with Infant acute lymphocytic leukemia (Infant ALL) with a 19% cure rate. My wife and I took William to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis for what would end up being 2 years and 3 months of treatment. At the time Will was diagnosed, we had no real idea what services the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana (RMH) provided. Two weeks into Will's treatment he ended up in ICU and we found ourselves in need of a place to stay that was as close to the hospital as possible. The RMH provided us, and provides thousand of families, with a safe place to stay while their child is receiving medical care. Having the RMH eliminates the stressors of “Where are we going to stay?”, “What are we going to eat?”, “How are we going to pay for those items?,” and “How can I get a break to rest?”. The RMH allowed us to focus our emotional and physical resources on our son and his care.

Unfortunately, Will passed away on January 7, 1999. Since then I have found that being a volunteer/board member of the RMH is my best way to remember Will and help other families whose children need to receive critical medical care.

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We were guests of the house while our son was in the ICU and personally experienced and benefited from all the support from the RMH programs and volunteers.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the capacity of the RMH to serve even more families in need.

June 29, 2011

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June 29, 2011

The Ronald McDonald House of Indiana provides families with a welcoming, home-like setting to stay while their children are receiving critical care from our local hospitals! By providing the comforts of home to the families of these sick children, the Ronald McDonald House is an important piece to the treatment and road to recovery process. During meal times when I've helped serve extra special meals, the families enjoy the opportunity to relax, gain strength from their meal, and find a communal sense of belonging while interacting with other families at the house.

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I have personally seen the benefits of the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana by observing the families receiving their services. As they come in from the hospital where they have spent hours beside their children receiving care, you can see a sense of relief and thankfulness in having a place to call home during their difficult time. Instead of having to incur additional expenses such as hotels or a long commute to and from the hospital, they are relieved to have a place within minutes of their children!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would expand their facilities. While this would be a difficult endeavor financially, the more families they can serve the better!

More feedback...

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 29, 2011

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June 29, 2011

This is a wonderful organization. The best thing about RMH of Indiana is that everything I have seen them do and every planning meeting I have been involved in is focus around those they are serving. The staff and volunteers here understand the needs of the families they serve, but are constantly working to better understand ways to improve. This is a great organization to be apart of and one that makes a difference in families llives.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the statistics on how many families they serve and how the house is full every night of the year. Interacting with the families who are served.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find ways to further the cause and make room to serve more families.

June 29, 2011

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June 29, 2011

I have been a volunteer with Ronald McDonald House of Indiana for nearly 4 years. I specifically spend time at the location inside Riley Children's Hospital. As a volunteer I have had the opportunity to see the impact RMHI has on families who stay there during their child's hospitalization. The physical and emotional toll experienced by these families is visible as they wander into the house just looking for a quick respite - a meal, place to sleep, chance to do laundry, or just escape. They are always so thankful and even in their distress they show their appreciation.

The House transcends the idea of a physical place but rather a gathering place for other families with similar situations to share their stories and gain strength from their experiences. I believe in the House and this why I continue to come back as a volunteer. Personally I have had the chance to share warm conversations with several people during their stay and it's always nice to engage them on a personal level to perhaps get there mind off their child's troubles.

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My cousins have stayed at Ronald McDonald House of Indiana and it just shows how it comes full circle. They were so thankful to have a place to stay since they were from out of town.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to better educate nurses and hospital personnel to the amenities we offer.

June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011

The Ronald McDonald House of Indiana is a great non-profit organization that sets forth exactly what it vies to do in its mission statement. As a previous intern, I got to see first-hand exactly what the House does and how important they are to the community. They are a home away from home for families with critically-ill children but they also go beyond that. The staff and volunteers all care about each individual that comes into the House and I know they do their jobs with pride. Furthermore, the events they hold to raise money and awareness for the House are top-notch (golf & poker tournaments, fundraising dinners, auctions) and are such events that include local celebrities and a loyal following of sponsors. Put it all together and it's easy to see why the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana is such an important non-profit to have around.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the events they've held and the families that come in and out of the House.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand it!

More feedback...

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Sometimes they get an excess of volunteers and some volunteers have nothing to do. Not that big of problem but something I've noticed.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Gave a new outlook on life.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me feel great.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011

The Ronald McDonald House provides critical support to ill children and their families. The Indianapolis location plays an integral part in offering itself as a base for these children and their families to focus on their medical treatments and overall well-being. Providing family support as well as to the patient is critical in addressing the needs of the family being affected. The Ronald McDonald House Indianapolis staff, board members, and volunteers care deeply about the mission of the house, and care deeply about the children and families that this wonderful organization serves. Unfortunately medical tragedies can strike any family at any time, and just the simple fact that this resource exists to help many people throught these difficult times is amazing. I have never known the staff, board members, and volunteers to be anything but dedicated, passionate, caring and committed. This same spirit of committment to serving these deserving children and their families in Indianapolis will undoubtedly continue to carry on into the future, and I look forward to seeing what wonderful things come next!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Serving dinner to children and families staying at the house, becoming more involved in working to support the mission of the house. Community response is overwhelmingly positive at all times.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase available funding to serve more children and families, as well as continuing to reach out into the community to educate and inform the public about the wonderful and important services that are offered

June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011

As a member of the Young Professionals Board, I have had the opportunity to have an active role at the house. I have enjoyed community out reach events, and serving dinners to the wonderful families staying at the house. It is a privilege to be a volunteer at the house.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the families and community that they serve.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand.

More feedback...

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have been able to meet a wonderful group of people and serve wonderful families.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011

Being new to volunteering and nonprofits, the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana was and continues to be a great place to give my time. I came to the RMHI by being a multimedia/graphic design intern. My first day here I had a warm welcome by the staff and volunteers. To everyone here I was not just an intern; I was already a part of the Ronald McDonald House family. Helping out and giving my time in such a friendly environment allows me to enjoy myself feel great about all the effort I have put in at the end of each day as I walk through its doors.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the Big Deal Poker Tournament form and being able to help create its promotional material was a great experience. I was able to witness an event such as this come together, meet some tight deadlines, cause some headaches but in the end everyone had a great night, and we accomplished what we were looking to do, which was raising money for the house.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

When it comes to the creative and marketing side of the RMHI, I would love to see it expanded. I realize money in nonprofits is a fine line, but if more people were aware of what the house does, how it helps out families in need, I think more people would be inclined to volunteer and to donate. Not to mention acknowledging all the families that are helped could make for amazing stories.

More feedback...

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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