Keeping families together and near the medical resources they need

Howard Hanna Insurance Services works with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Pittsburgh and Morgantown, Inc. to keep families together while children receive life-saving medical care. They reached their goal of 500 votes and doubled their donation to reach $10,000.

For families with a sick child, focusing on that child’s recovery is their number one priority. Expensive hotel stays, transportation logistics and planning daily meals can quickly become burdensome and stressful. That’s where the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Pittsburgh and Morgantown comes in – providing comfortable housing for families while their seriously ill or injured children receive medical treatment at local facilities. Many of these children do not have access to the care they need within their own communities, and so RMHC allows families to stay together while traveling for the care they need.

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Howard Hanna Insurance Services employees gather outside the Pittsburgh house before a fun day of preparing hot meals for families in 2019.

A collective passion


Inspired by their own passion for helping children in the community, the team at Howard Hanna Insurance Services got involved with RMHC in 2018. Their involvement began with meal preparation for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House Pittsburgh, but their efforts soon became even more creative.

In 2019, Howard Hanna Insurance Services teamed up with The Body Bar to co-host a pamper party for the families, where children and parents could get complimentary chair and hand massages. Howard Hanna Insurance Services employees have continued donating toiletries, toys and monetary funds to the houses over the years.

 

“We love the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh and Morgantown because it provides hope, connection and friendship to families going through really hard times.”

– Danielle Shearer, vice president and general manager at Howard Hanna Insurance Services

 

Smiling together


Danielle Shearer, vice president and general manager at Howard Hanna Insurance Services, recounted a particularly special experience the team had with a family staying at the Pittsburgh house at the end of 2019. A young boy who’d been receiving care had picked out one of the toys donated by Howard Hanna Insurance Services – a little guitar.

“His mother showed us photos of him sleeping with his new guitar. He even played music for us as we ate with his family, and he made everyone smile even though we were there to do that for him,” said Shearer. “We love RMHC because it provides hope, connection and friendship to families going through really hard times.”

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Danielle Shearer, of Howard Hanna Insurance Services, works with her children to prepare welcome bags for families in 2021.

Providing comfort throughout the pandemic

While the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the Howard Hanna Insurance Services employees from enjoying in-person visits with the RMHC families, they made sure to stay involved in the ways they could. The team donated hundreds of dollars to sponsor hot meals for the families and continued donating essential supplies and toys, too.

The agency even sponsored a whole apartment within the Pittsburgh house for one year, covering lodging for various families who needed a place to stay. As Tara McHenry, development associate at RMHC, told the team in late 2020, “There is currently a family staying in the apartment with a child who’s receiving neonatal care. Your endless support has helped us provide families with a comforting place to stay, hot meals, toys and so much more.”

“The endless support from Howard Hanna Insurance Services has helped us provide families with a comforting place to stay, hot meals, toys and so much more.”

– Tara McHenry, development associate at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh and Morgantown

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The Howard Hanna Insurance Services apartment sponsorship plague is proudly displayed at the Ronald McDonald House Pittsburgh.

 

An impactful gift


Due to RMHC’s commitment to never turn a family away, the Jacob Johnson Family Lodging Fund is a vital part of the charity’s fundraising efforts. If awarded, a $10,000 donation from Safeco would sponsor around 500 nights of comfortable lodging for families in need. “Families with children who are hurting have enough to worry about,” said Shearer. “If we can help relieve them of the financial burden of an extended hotel stay and daily commute, that would mean so much to us.”

 

To vote, simply share this story using the blue icons to the left, comment below or both. Every vote or comment gets Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh and Morgantown one step closer to a $10,000 donation, which will sponsor comfortable lodging for families in need.  Visit Howard Hanna Insurance Services and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh and Morgantown to learn more.

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Amy Rayman
4 months ago

Love this!!

Stephanie Stewart
4 months ago

Way to go RMHC!

Tara
4 months ago

Way to go RMHC & Howard Hanna!

Stephanie
4 months ago

Thank you Howard Hanna for #keepingfamiliesclose!

Danielle
4 months ago

Such a wonderful charity!

Beth Fuller
4 months ago

Woo hoo a BIG thank you to Howard Hanna and RMHC!!

Heather Hibala
4 months ago

We are so thankful for this partnership – let’s continue to keep families close TOGETHER! Yay!

Penny McHenry
4 months ago

Awesome!!

Eleanor Reigel
4 months ago

Thank you for all you do for RMHC Families!!!!

Don Browne
4 months ago

Let’s go Howard-Hanna! Thanks for supporting RMHC-Pittsburgh & Morgantown!

Katharine Marrs
4 months ago

I am so glad we have this opportunity to work with Safeco and RMHC!

Josie Schultz
4 months ago

Awesome program!

Ruth Driskell
4 months ago

What an awesome gift to RMHC!!

Daniel
4 months ago

Thanks for the awesome work for a great cause.

Nancy Glass
4 months ago

Thanks to Howard Hanna and RMHC, the House that Love Built.

Laura Dean
4 months ago

A great charity to support!

Cayla C
4 months ago

This is awesome! Such an amazing charity!

Sarah
4 months ago

This is amazing!

Mary Claire Schneider
4 months ago

This is awesome, rooting for HH/RMHC!

Steven
4 months ago

Such a wonderful cause and mission. Way to go!

Courtney
4 months ago

This is amazing!

Craig E Biertempfel
4 months ago

I adore everything that Ronald McDonald House Charities does for children and families. Kudos to Howard Hanna Insurance Services for everything they do in support of RMHC!!

Kevin
4 months ago

This is great!

Dakota Goch
4 months ago

So great! Keep up the good work!!

Apryl
4 months ago

Love this!!

Shana
4 months ago

Awesome!

Jared Mazezka
4 months ago

I’m grateful that RMHC was there for us when my family needed them!

Ausra
4 months ago

This is so wonderful.

Jodi
4 months ago

Yes! Double that money for the kids!

Jonny Holi
4 months ago

love this!

Kristie
4 months ago

What a great program!

Joe Yinzer
4 months ago

Great charity! Happy to help out.

Peggy Pongratz
4 months ago

Howard Hanna & RMHC – a great company helping a greater cause!

Patricia Scott
4 months ago

Shared on Twitter!

Mark Rayman
4 months ago

Awesome

Hollie Hooper
4 months ago

WAY TO GO!

Kevin O
4 months ago

Outstanding!

Michael Shearer
4 months ago

God’s Blessing on RMHC & Howard Hanna for helping those when there “is no room at the Inn”.

Laureen Shearer
4 months ago

RMHC & Howard Hanna are addressing one of the greatest needs of families with sick children when they live out of town and desperately need a place to stay.

Amy
4 months ago

Thanks for the constant support!

Kathleen Fries
4 months ago

So happy to support Ronald McDonald House. They provide such a needed service.

Renee
4 months ago

This is awesome!

Mary K
4 months ago

It’s a wonderful opportunity to help those in need!

Lori Lavoie
4 months ago

So awesome !!

Danny
4 months ago

Great job Howard Hanna Insurance!

Erica
4 months ago

Let’s make it happen!

Angela whalen
4 months ago

Such a wonderful cause!

Suzanne
4 months ago

RMDH is a wonderful lifeline for families.

Karin
4 months ago

My husband and I were so grateful that RMHC was there for us when our son was in the hospital. What a great place!

Jaimee
4 months ago

Go RMHC!!!!

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