By Kimberly Paulk, Senior Connector at SHARECharlotte.com, a free, easy and local website that makes it easy to learn about and engage with our local nonprofits
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James
When a child is in the hospital, the last thing parents want to think about is where they will stay themselves. What’s available? Will it be near the hospital? Will it be affordable? The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte provides families a safe, comfortable and supportive environment while their children receive medical treatment at nearby medical facilities.
To make this happen, they offer a welcoming place to stay, nightly family meals, transportation, family-friendly activities, and so much more. In just over three years, they’ve provided over 22,000 room nights for guest families. That’s 39,000 meals and 150 games of bingo!
If you haven’t been to “the house” or haven’t seen it for yourself, consider signing up as a volunteer. It’s a special place filled with energy, caring and love. There are many ways to plug in and help. Here are three that are particularly great for kids and teens. See SHARE Charlotte for more.
Teen Board/Teen Service Corp – the deadline for applications is May 30 at 5pm. This is a great opportunity for high school students!
Kids Helping Kids – These Saturday sessions give children age 6 – 12 a way to volunteer. This opportunity is not intended for large groups, but is perfect for families.
Run For Your Life 4th of July Spectacular 4 Miler event – Help with packet pickup, water stops and more. Kids under 18 can help out if accompanied by a parent or guardian.