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Volunteer Spotlight: Hannah Johnson

Volunteer Spotlight: Hannah Johnson

Always ready to lend a hand with a smile, volunteer Hannah Johnson makes sure that our communal spaces are clean for families and does whatever other tasks we might need help with. Hannah got started as a volunteer after staying at the House with her mother and sister in 2015.

“While at Ronald McDonald House, I don’t think I took the time to appreciate everything that this organization helped us with,” Hannah says. As an interviewer, I tell her she has nothing to pay us back for, since this is what we do, but she insists. Volunteering for Hannah is a way she can pay it forward to other families staying here, to help others on the journey she understands all too well. “Volunteering is something that makes me feel good, to know that I’m making a difference.”

Hannah drives all the way from Poulsbo once a week to help out, doing everything from sweeping to sanitizing our kitchen. Having the extra help doesn’t just keep things looking nice, it actually is vital for kids with compromised immunity so they can heal. Something as simple as a common cold can be very dangerous for a child who is going through certain treatments, so we can never have too many “Helping Hands” volunteers to help make our home away from home safe.

“When Hannah came to us, wanting to volunteer, her schedule was really busy with school and work. We decided she should take some time, let things settle down, and then come back,” says Judy, Manager of Volunteer Services. “When you say something like that to a volunteer, you don’t know if they will come back. But Hannah was different – she came back and said she was ready to do whatever we needed. It’s a real testament to her commitment as a volunteer.”

“To anyone looking to volunteer at the House, I would say do it – don’t hold back,” Hannah says with a smile. We’re always in need of people who want to volunteer to do the critical work that Hannah does around our House. Visit our volunteer page to learn more about how you can become one of our “Helping Hands.”

Iditarod Ride-Along for 7-Year-Old Jens!

Seven year old and Ronald McDonald House at ANMC resident Jens was whisked through the streets of Anchorage by dogsled for the opening day of the Iditarod! Thanks to a donation from Donlin Gold, Jens rode along for the race’s opening 11 miles. Jens’ father, Dean, says his son had a great time meeting mushers and their… Continue Reading

Hockey Challenge Raises $150,000 for Families

Thank you to everyone who helped us raise $150,000 for Hockey Challenge, presented by the Seattle Thunderbirds! This money will help us provide a home away from home for more than 450 families and provide them with critical services, like a stocked pantry and laundry room, volunteer-led hot meals, and more. “We as an organization… Continue Reading

Join us at University Village!

This March 10-12, University Village will be supporting the Ronald McDonald House with their Shop and Dine to Make a Difference weekend! Purchase a shopping card and you’ll get 25% off more than 50 stores and restaurants at University Village. All proceeds from the cards will benefit the House! The Confectionery, a candy shop that’s a sweet-tooth’s dream, is… Continue Reading

Meet Bretton, Hockey Challenge Kid Captain

Meet Bretton, Hockey Challenge Kid Captain

Bretton’s mother Kara wanted him to get involved in an activity outside of school, and they tried everything from karate to guitar lessons. Nothing seemed to capture his interest. One day, Bretton told his mom he’d like to try ice hockey – and she signed him up for a lesson at a local rink to… Continue Reading

Coming Full Circle

Coming Full Circle

Ariel, a childhood cancer survivor who stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Seattle, recently delivered a healthy baby at the Alaskan Native Medical Center (ANMC). Her proud parents had heard on the news that the new House was going to open at ANMC – and asked the attending nurse about it. “She just pointed… Continue Reading

Mark Your Calendar for Hockey Challenge 2017!

Get ready to cheer for your favorite hockey teams as they face off in The RMHC Hockey Challenge presented by the Seattle Thunderbirds! The all-day hockey fundraising extravaganza happens February 18th, 2017. Local hockey teams will play all day and that evening, the Seattle Thunderbirds play the Portland Winterhawks. A ticket to the Hockey Challenge… Continue Reading

First Ronald McDonald House to Open in Alaska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE First Ronald McDonald House® in Alaska Opens Today Anchorage, AK (January 11, 2017) – Today, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Western Washington & Alaska open the first Ronald McDonald House® in Alaska. The new Ronald McDonald House is located on one floor of the six-story… Continue Reading

Holiday Fun!

With all the responsibilities of taking care of a sick child, families don’t have the time or resources to celebrate the holidays like they would at home. Donors and volunteers do so much to make sure that the holidays are merry and bright for all of the families who are staying here, such as: Santa… Continue Reading

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At Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska, we support seriously ill children and their families. At the Seattle House, we provide a "home-away-from-home" to help families through a difficult time. We also provide a van service for families staying in Anchorage while their children receive medical care. Our IRS tax number or EIN is: 91-1061043.

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