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Ronald McDonald House Charities®

Northern California

February 2009

Volume 11 - Issue 1

Volunteer Appreciation

Mark your calendars for the next Volunteer Appreciation to be held on April 23, 2009 at the beautiful UC Davis-M.I.N.D. Institute auditorium at 7 PM. Don Hunter & the Dream Notes will provide musical entertainment throughout the evening.

Volunteer Needs

Mark Your Calendars

  • Outdoor Work Party
    Saturday, March 14
    9:30am - noon
  • Outdoor Work Party
    Saturday, April 11
    9:30am - noon
  • Volunteer Appreciation
    Thursday, April 23
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Outdoor Work Party
    Saturday, May 9
    9:30am - noon
Eggs Needed for Annual Egg Hunt: Looking for something fun to do? Get your group together and fill plastic eggs with goodies for the Ronald McDonald House Egg Hunt. Please do not include any gum or small balls inside the eggs. Also, candy must be individually wrapped. Eggs need to be delivered to the House no later than April 4th. Contact Lois at 916.734.4226 for more information.
Cabin Counselors: Camp Ronald McDonald is always looking for mature, reliable and responsible individuals at least 16 years of age to live in a cabin with campers and assume responsibility for leadership and guidance of those campers in a daily living situation with special attention to: personal hygiene, safety, camper participation in all camp activities, and mealtime behavior and habits. For more information, contact Vicky Flaig at: Vicky@campronald.org

Pioneer Work Party: Every May, Camp Ronald McDonald hosts volunteers to aid in the opening, repair and maintenance of camp. Volunteers from all over are invited to join together for fun, great food and of course work projects! Cabin spaces and RV Spaces are available. For more information, contact Vicky Flaig at: Vicky@campronald.org

Host a Food Drive

Consider hosting a Food Drive for the Sacramento Ronald McDonald House. Help keep our pantries stocked with non-perishable items for our families. Chunky soups and Cup of Soup are a great quick meal after a long day at the hospital. Paper plates, cups, and plastic silverware save time in clean up, leaving more time for families to spend at the hospital with their children. Contact Lois at 916.734.4226 for more information.

Wish List

  • Canned fruit
  • Non-refrigerated milk boxes (at Raleys)
  • Coffee filters
  • Juice boxes
  • Plastic spoons
  • Equal or Sugar Twin packets
  • Bleach
  • Pam cooking spray
  • Canned tuna/chicken
  • Chunky soups

Holiday Party, Open House, and Toy Run

The annual holiday party is truly a volunteer-driven event. Individuals as well as groups came together on Saturday, December 6, 2008 to create a memorable afternoon. Thanks to each and every volunteer that helped out or donated a toy to make this event so successful.

All About Fun
American River Bank
California National Guard
Carmichael Emblem Club
Delta Sigma Pi
Girl Scout Troop #397
Harris Liu McDonald's
Home Depot
Iron Steed Motorcycle Group
Megan Vincent & Family
Monterey Trail High School
Mother Lode Van & Storage
Nancy Newbold
Newman Center Chico
River City Bank
S&J Services
Sacramento State Students
Sheldon High School Cheerleaders
Shriners Clowns
Society of American Magicians
Stampin Up
State Street Bank
Steve Fritts and Friends
Student California Teacher's Association
The Mesich Boys
The Sweet Tones
Tom Taylor & Miles Wood
Tony D'Alessandro & AD3 Racing
UC Davis Govt. and Community Relations
UC Davis Med. Center Parking & Transportation
UC Davis Med. Center Police Department
West Campus High School Key Club

Volunteers in Action

Outdoor Work Parties: Work parties are growing in their popularity. In January, 106 volunteers showed up to help keep the grounds looking their best. Key Clubs, Honor Societies, a pre-med group and many other individuals came together to pull weeds, trim plants, rake leaves and much more.

Family Holiday Gift Shop: The gift shop was open for two weeks in December so that donated gifts could be selected for children staying at the House. Volunteers helped parents and children select toys and wrap presents for their loved ones.

During this holiday season, volunteers helped out in other ways as well.
  • MWH America's Inc. provided a holiday dinner for our families.
  • Takeda Pharmacy came out and helped organize and put away donations from the Holiday Party.
  • Girl Scouts and Brownies groups helped clean and provided donations.
  • Wells Fargo, Beale Air Force Base and The Roughnecks motorcycle group also generously donated toys and wish list items.
  • Thank you to all of the volunteers who came to the House and helped decorate and un-decorate for the holidays.

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