HUB International Missoula needs your vote by August 31 to win $10,000 for the Missoula Ronald McDonald House. Read about their dedication to reduce the stress and financial burden of being away from home for an extended time for a child’s medical treatment, by providing families with meals and a free or low-cost place to stay. Then vote for them by using the social media share buttons or by leaving a comment when you reach the end of their story.
Sharing the burden
Children coping with an illness need many things to recover, and the presence and support of family is at the top of the list. But when a family must travel to access care, it can add financial stress to an already traumatic situation. To help reduce this burden, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) provides the resources and support system families need to be together during a difficult, stressful time. It’s also their policy to never turn a family away because of an inability to pay.
RMHC operates around the world, and each Ronald McDonald House plays a vital role in its community. In Missoula, the House is located across the street from the Community Medical Center, the city’s main hospital. This location makes it easier for families to be actively involved in their children’s care, while also giving parents and guardians a comfortable place to stay, and some solace, as long as needed.
Open every day of the year, the Missoula Ronald McDonald House has 12 rooms with private bathrooms available for guests. Families also have access to kitchens, a dining area, a fully stocked pantry, laundry rooms, a family game room and other amenities. Plus, several nights a week, guests are treated to home-cooked meals prepared by volunteers.
“The employees of the Missoula Ronald McDonald House are some of the most caring people I have ever met.”
– Gary Schild, HUB Gives Regional Coordinator, HUB International Mountain States Limited
Building a support system
HUB International offers business insurance products to customers across the U.S. and Canada. Through its HUB Gives program, each regional office selects a local cause to support, and its Missoula location chose to care for the Ronald McDonald House. This includes doing yard work and maintenance at the House, preparing meals for guests and spending time with the families to make them feel cared for and welcome.
The agency also donates money for meals and operating expenses, and supports House staff so they can focus on serving families. During the pandemic lockdown, when meals couldn’t be prepared in the House, the agency donated gift cards from local restaurants for families to use.
“The employees of the Missoula Ronald McDonald House are some of the most caring people I have ever met,” said Gary Schild, the regional coordinator of the HUB Gives program. “We are touched by their dedication and proud to support them however we can.”
Much more than a place to sleep
The Missoula Ronald McDonald House operates on a tight budget and with limited staff, so it relies heavily on volunteers from the community to accomplish its vital work. “The House is more than just a place to sleep that’s close to the hospital,” said Amy Peterson, the CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Montana. “It’s a support system for families. And every day we depend on donors and volunteers like those from HUB International to help us fulfill our mission.”
“The Ronald McDonald House is more than just a place to sleep that’s close to the hospital. It’s a support system.”
– Amy Peterson, CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Montana
Counting on the dedication of donors
The Missoula Ronald McDonald House primarily relies on grants, donations and volunteers to do its work. A $10,000 gift from Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance would help the nonprofit pay for staffing, bedding, toys, health and hygiene supplies, food, furniture, house maintenance and other needed items. Help HUB International Missoula win another $5,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Montana by leaving a comment below and sharing their story to social media using the buttons to the left.
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