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Volunteer Spotlight: Janet Stocker

Volunteer Spotlight: Janet Stocker

Going to the grocery store and preparing meals are part of the weekly tasks for families. But imagine adding these tasks on top of caring for a very ill child, administering a complicated medicine schedule, communicating with doctors and nurses regularly and making sure the rest of your family is cared for. Everyday tasks become overwhelming. That’s where volunteers like Janet Stocker and the volunteers from the Snohomish Valley Crew come in.

“I felt it was my time to do something to give back,” says Janet. “I know it’s 100% appreciated by those we serve. When you come here and volunteer, you have no doubt that you’re doing something good.” Last August, Janet and three of her longtime friends who love to cook and eat got involved with the House. Once a month, they plan their meal, purchase the ingredients, and prepare dinner at the House for RMHC families. “A basic meal goes a long way,” says Janet. “You’ll see parents here who are carrying so much stress, yet they are so gracious and thankful for a meal. It is wonderful to be able to serve them.”

Janet has been struck by the House’s homey atmosphere. “Kids will eat dinner and then when they get done, will run around the play area next to the kitchen. They might be bald or have a chemotherapy tube, but they don’t even think twice about that here. It’s just home,  where they can take the cushions off the couch and make a fort,” Janet explains. “Being able to see kids having the freedom to play, seeing families feeling safe – it’s truly a special place.” The House provides rooms for 80 families every night and is open to families regardless of their financial situation. Having the stability of a place to stay, volunteer-provided meals, and their basic needs met helps families feel grounded while their child goes through treatment.

Janet adds that putting together a meal is easy, thanks to the staff at the Ronald McDonald House. Because the House is home for many kids who have compromised immune systems, Janet’s group was given guidelines for keeping everyone safe while preparing a meal. Having the extra support meant a lot.  “The staff made our first meal night a piece of cake,” says Janet. “They even have menus and recipes that you can find online, so you don’t have to stress about what to make!” She encourages anyone interested in the program to learn more at the organization’s website.

Haircuts & Hope

Casey Roth came to the House as a volunteer with a yoga class. “The yoga class we did for kids was really fun, but I looked around and thought maybe there was something else I could do to make a difference for families here,” says Casey. Casey works as a barber at Rudy’s Barbershop in Pioneer Square and has… Continue Reading

One Man in a Kilt’s Perspective

One Man in a Kilt’s Perspective

Men in Kilts happens every year – this year we kick off on April 12th! A long time competitor for Team Bungie, Mark Fleig chatted with us about his experiences. “The Bungie Foundation focuses on giving back to our community wherever, whenever, and however we can, particularly to youths,” says Mark. “I’m honored and humbled to… Continue Reading

Everett Teen Gives Back to the House

Everett native, Tessa has been volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House for two years. “A friend of mine was already involved in cancer and advocacy, and she asked me if I wanted to volunteer with her at the House. I said yes – and that’s how we started volunteering on the weekends, doing one shift… Continue Reading

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,… Continue Reading

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

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