Lincoln-Way Central Students Volunteer at Ronald McDonald House
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

For more than 40 years, the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) has provided a place for families to stay while their children are in the hospital for little to no cost. With locations in 64 countries, RMHC is supported by more than 500,000 volunteers, including two Lincoln-Way Central students.

“It makes you feel really good that you’re helping out directly,” said Lincoln-Way Central junior Nicoletta Salvatore. “You can’t give them treatment for their children, but you give them a place to stay.”

Nicoletta and senior Julia Martin, along with about 40 other area students, serve on the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) for the Ronald McDonald House in Oak Lawn. The TAB is an opportunity for students to learn about philanthropy and non-profit management. They act as ambassadors to raise awareness and interest for RMHC throughout their school communities.

“I want to study economics and Spanish and I want to go into the Not-For-Profit field. RMHC does amazing things and they need all the people they can get to help out,” said Julia.

The two volunteer about eight hours a week, cooking, cleaning, and supporting families during their difficult times.

“We give them care packages, and we clean and cook for the families,” said Julia. “They have so much stress, the least we can do is take the little things off their backs. It must be so hard as a family to go through that.”

In addition to directly volunteering at the RMHC, the teens also help organize fundraisers, like the upcoming “Rolling for Ronald McDonald House” bowling event in February. They’ll also soon be starting a competition to see which schools can collect the most pop tabs.