Fairway Family Volunteers at Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte
Since 1974, the goal of Ronald McDonald House is to improve the health and well being of nearly 3.7 million children worldwide every year. Where there is a sick child who needs specific treatment at a children’s medical facility, a Ronald McDonald House is open to welcome and comfort families in need. By staying at a Ronald McDonald House, parents can better communicate with their child’s medical team, and keep up with complicated treatment plans as needed.
As 1 of 300 houses, the vision for the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte is in part thanks to the compassionate efforts of so many people from the community. With the help of volunteers, the RMH can continue to provide the much-needed services that support the children and their families during their difficult time. That is where Fairway decided to step in, roll our sleeves up, and help out!
A team of 10 volunteers from the Fairway Mortgage of the Carolinas office recently went to The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte to help make dinner for all of the families currently residing in the home. Arriving at 4pm and preparing to serve at 6:30pm, the Fairway family banned together to make the 40+ residents Chicken Tetrazzini (a classic)! Each of us, with all of our different cooking tasks, were there to support the house, the children, and their families, the entire experience moved each volunteer in unforgettable ways.
Jenny Stoner, a Senior Mortgage Planner, commented, “Being back in a Ronald McDonald house was so incredible! The RMH was my sorority’s philanthropy so it has a special place in my heart. I served there on several occasions in the 90’s and helped raise money for the Savannah, GA RMH. My son was also in the NICU for almost a month when he was born and if something like the RMH had been available then, it would have been such a blessing. I can relate to what some of those parents are going through, because I’ve been there. The service and support the RMH provides for families is invaluable and I was so happy to be able to help in that effort! I got to help serve these families AND I got to do it with my Fairway family-It doesn’t get much better than that! I can’t wait to go back!”
Also grateful for the experience to volunteer was Fairways Tony Garshnick, also a Senior Mortgage Planner. After serving the families, Tony took it upon himself to get sit with one of the families and talk with them about their experiences and how the RMH has helped them, later Tony stated, “I was very impressed with the first class nature of the Ronald McDonald House. Pitching in with the team and chopping stuff up sure is different from my day job. I had a great time and I hope to do it again”
If there is one thing to take away from the experience of cooking for 40+ families in need, it is that families are truly stronger when they are together and Fairway was humbled to provide strength for the families in distress while also strengthening our own. The Ronald McDonald House unites for the common purpose of offering hope, support, and love to the families struggling and Fairway hopes for another chance to offer our hand and help to help this purpose succeed. Our marketing director, Kelly Yale, summed up the experience, “At Fairway, we think of ourselves as a family and when one of us is in need, we all gather to help. To have the opportunity to meet these parents and children and share a little bit of time and a meal with them was incredible. Like Jenny, I had a son who was at CMC’s NICU for over a month. When you are going back and forth to the hospital twice a day while trying to take care of the rest of your family, something simple like a meal means the world. To have been able to volunteer together as a family for other families is a memory I will treasure.”