While participating in the 2013 Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Community Leadership Program, our sub-group, the “Green Co-Hort” formed a strong bond. We continue to meet regularly to socialize and to volunteer in our community.
Our most recent experience was volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Iowa. Our Co-Hort provided a home-cooked meal for guests.
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Guiding us in our mission are our core values:
- Focusing on the critical needs of children.
- Celebrating the diversity of our people and programs
- Valuing our heritage.
- Operating with accountability and transparency.
Many families travel far from home and spend several weeks or months to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children – a long time to be away or to divide a family. And, for children facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having mom and dad close by for love and support. A Ronald McDonald House is that “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost.