2020 Volunteer Spotlight

Did you know April is Volunteer Appreciation Month? While we appreciate our volunteers year-round, we always look forward to the month of April, as we have an excuse to celebrate our volunteers even more!

The “House that Love Built” would have never been possible without the love and dedication of our volunteers. Daily, they share their time, energy, and talents with us, ensuring our families have a comfortable place to retreat to after a long day at the hospital. They prepare guest rooms, tackle load after load of laundry, prepare meals and snacks, keep our House tidy and welcoming for families, and so much more – all with a smile! We are honored and proud to work alongside these selfless people and we are so grateful they choose RMHCK!

Check out some of our amazing volunteers!

Michelle RobinsonMeet Michelle! She has been a volunteer for 2 years in our Ronald McDonald Family Room located at Norton Women and Children’s Hospital. She chose to become involved with the Family Room program because she and her husband had previously been involved with the Ronald McDonald House in Pensacola, FL. Michelle says, “Knowing that I am helping to make someone’s stay a little more comfortable is what I enjoy most about volunteering.” Thank you, Michelle!

Sanders FamilyMeet the Sanders family! As parents to son Nicholas, the family stayed in a Ronald McDonald House in Canada when Nicholas was born 6 ½ weeks early. Today, as a family, they volunteer together with RMHCK as a reminder of how blessed they were to have been an RMH family. They love that they have dedicated hours together as a family while serving others at the House. We are lucky to have you Sanders family!

Debbie & Wade ShackletteMeet Debbie and Wade! As empty-nesters, the couple came to RMHCK to spend some of their extra time volunteering side by side, helping families in need. They help keep the house running smoothly by emptying dishwashers, taking out garbage, cleaning rooms, and helping with many “special projects.” They say that they have enjoyed being a part of the House’s expansion and are excited to be able to help even more families! We are excited too and thank you both!

Pam KrauseMeet Pam! She and her husband Perry, with their two daughters, have volunteered with RMHCK for over 20 years. She says, “Over the years, I’ve seen an elevator added, floors expanded, and now, a new “old” building!” Pam and her husband spearheaded the first gala when it was known as “McDazzle!” Pam and Perry know that the many tasks that volunteers do add up to make a big difference. They’re now getting their grandchildren involved as volunteers! We couldn’t be happier to have you all as part of our family!

Adam PlumleyMeet Adam! Adam started volunteering with Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass in Lexington while at UK. After moving to Louisville, he continued with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana – RMHCK and we couldn’t be more thrilled! As a House Volunteer, Adam has helped tidy up living spaces, make snacks available and greet guests with a smile! Adam says, “I love RMHCK, the people and those that they serve. It is truly a blessing to be a part of such an organization!” It’s a blessing for us to have you, Adam!

LillyMeet Lilly! She is an amazing member of our volunteer Red Show Crew. This is our networking group of philanthropic young professionals. Lilly started volunteering with Ronald McDonald House while in college through her sorority, ADPi, and we are so thrilled to have her continued support after her graduation with fundraising events and so many other endeavors. Thank you Lilly!

IPA WivesMeet the Independent Pilots Association Wives. This fantastic group of women has been coming to RMHCK since 2000. The IPA Wives is a monthly meal group and they bring local High School bakers each month to provide an array of yummy treats for our families. Thank you IPA Wives for making sure that our fruit baskets never go empty.

Ron Weckman

Meet Ron! He has volunteered with RMHCK for over 13 years. Prior to our recent Grand Opening of the new wing, Ron took on many projects including installing headboards and TV’s, cleaning storage rooms, painting and anything needed to get our 56 rooms ready for our families. Ron says about his volunteer time at RMHCK, “I like being around the people, talking and joking with them!” We like being around you too, Ron, so thank you!

Check back periodically as we spotlight more volunteers throughout the month of April!

This year is tough. Because of COVID-19, we are not able to show our gratitude in person. We are asking our supporters to send a friendly note to show your appreciation to all of our wonderful volunteers. Click here to send some love to our volunteers.



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