Superheros in Action: Sean

When I tell people that I volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House, I am almost always asked the same 2 questions:

“What do you do there?”

“What’s your favorite part of volunteering?”

Having been involved with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) for almost a year, and having been asked these same two questions many times, you would think that I would be able to answer them with ease. Yet here I am, once again struggling to answer these two, seemingly simple questions.

So, what exactly do I do there? I am a House Volunteer every Wednesday night from 6pm-9pm, a member of the Red Shoe Crew, and I occasionally cook meals for the families staying at the house. However, people might recognize me most for my performance and achievements as the Hamburglar. As a house volunteer I help clean, organize, and do random tasks around the house to assist the full time staff, and help make the stay for each family as pleasant as possible. As a member of the Red Shoe Crew, I work with a group of young professionals to help increase awareness, and fundraise for RMHC. Our Red Shoe BBQ event this past spring raised over $30,000.

The question I have the hardest time answering is, “what do I like most about volunteering at the Ronald McDonald house?” There are so many things I enjoy about my experiences with RMHC; it is hard to narrow it down to a succinct answer. I really enjoy interacting with the children that stay at the house. Even though they, or their sibling, are going through some kind of medical difficulty, they are almost always running around the house with a big smile on their face. The resilience and optimism that you see in their eyes is something that is truly inspiring. What I find most rewarding is when a parent opens up to me and tells me how much they appreciate, and how grateful they are for all of the support they have received from everyone involved with RMHC. Knowing that I am making a positive difference, no matter how small it may be, is something I hope everyone gets a chance to experience.