In This Issue:
 
October 
October 21, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.,
Volunteer Information Session for Adults. Sign up here.

October 24 
Last day for Halloween Costume donations.  

November 
November 4, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., 
Volunteer Information Session for Teens. Sign up here.

November 16
Team RMH participates in the Big Sur Half Marathon in Monterey, CA.
Learn more here.

November 18, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.,
Volunteer Information Session for Adults. Sign up here.

Ronald McDonald House at Stanford invites you to join our social media campaign
SHOW US YOUR STRIPES
celebrating 40 years of Ronald McDonald Houses around the globe providing comfort and care to families with critically ill children.

It's Easy and Fun!
Simply wear or display stripes, take a photo and post on your favorite social media site. Be sure to tag us at
#ShowUsYourStripes and/or #RMHStanford.
Members of the Stanford Women's Basketball Team Show their Stripes at the House
There's Still Time to Join the Team!
Don't Miss Out!
Join Team Ronald McDonald House at Stanford as we train for the Big Sur Half Marathon in beautiful Monterey, CA on November 16, 2014. 

Have fun meeting your endurance goals in
a supportive training environment while fundraising for the House. Learn more or sign up today!

Click the image to watch construction unfold on the 24-hour webcam!

Construction on the expansion continues at full speed ahead. Right now, crews are currently finishing excavation on what will become our underground parking garage and the foundation for our new building. Early next year construction progress will be more evident as framing on the House begins. There are still many months of transformation ahead--construction is slated for completion in early 2016--but we are inspired as our vision transforms into reality.

 

Watch the progress unfold on the new 24-hour live construction webcam. Click the image above to link to the live feed on our Hope is Growing campaign website.

 

While the expansion has been important area of focus this year, our priority remains taking care of the 47 families under our roof every night. As demand for services has increased, our physical space limitations have inspired creative opportunities for program development and enhancement. Our reach has extended beyond the walls of the House with solutions such as the Day Pass program, Camp Ronald McDonald, and the Happy Wheels hospitality cart. Each of these efforts has allowed us to provide our signature level of comfort and care to our resident families, those on our waiting list, and additional families, including local families, at the hospital. We are pleased that each of these programs served a record number of children and families this year, allowing us to increase our impact and help families in crisis.

 

Be sure to check out our Hope is Growing capital campaign website www.hopeisgrowing.org for the latest construction news and updates.

 

RMHS is "Getting Kitchy"
Golden State Warrior Forward Harrison Barnes and Spago Las Vegas Chef Eric Klein make pizzas with children at the House.
House families enjoyed a special All-Star cooking experience with Spago Las Vegas Chefs Eric Klein and Matt Leverty, and Golden State Warriors Forward Harrison Barnes who teamed up to cook dinner together with the families. Klein, the former chef at Spago Beverly Hills, Chinois, and ObaChine, taught Barnes and the kids how to make Wolfgang Puck's signature pizzas. Barnes and the kids tapped their culinary creativity by topping the pizzas with their own personal Ronald McDonald House style.

Read the San Jose Mercury News article here
Congratulations to Michael Rubenstein, Winner of the CBS/KPIX Jefferson Award!
Michael Rubenstein and another Happy Wheels volunteer pass out toys, snacks, and drinks at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

Michael Rubenstein, a 30-year veteran House volunteer was recently awarded the prestigious CBS/KPIX Bay Area Jefferson Award for volunteerism.

 

Congratulations, Michael. Everyone at the House is proud of your achievement and grateful for all you've done for House families. You are an inspiration to us all.


Watch the KPIX video here. Read the press release.
The Schafer Family 
Two-year-old Lila Schafer
When Jennifer Schafer, a mother of three, noticed that her ten-day-old daughter Lila's breathing seemed fast and irregular, Jennifer was concerned, but not terribly alarmed. Erring on the side of caution, Jennifer decided to schedule a quick check-up appointment with Lila's pediatrician, who, upon examining Lila, sent mother and daughter directly to the emergency room at their local hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At the hospital, Lila underwent an echocardiogram and other tests, and Jennifer soon received the terrifying news that her baby girl had been born with a severe congenital heart defect referred to as Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia (ToF/PA). Read the entire story here.

at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford
Help a child staying at the House have a spooktacular Halloween by donating a costume today.
There are many ways, large and small, to get involved with Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. We welcome you to join our House community of support by contributing in whatever way you can. Here are some available opportunities to help families staying at the House feel at home.

 

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS 

At Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, volunteers are crucial to the creation of a home-away-from-home and welcoming community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses. 

 

Current volunteer opportunities (click the title for more information or to sign up):

 

Great for Groups! Our House's "Meals for Munchkins" program ensures that lunch and dinner are provided to families 3-5 days out of any given week.

Right now, we are looking for volunteers to sign up to cook a meal for House famlies during the holidays. Gather your friends, group members, or coworkers and give the gift of a comforting meal to families. They'll appreciate it and you'll have fun, too!

To learn more, please contact Erica Lee, volunteer coordinator at 650.470.6011 or email elee@ronaldhouse.net.

Bilingual Spanish/English speaking candidates for all volunteer opportunities are given priority in the application process. The minimum age for volunteering in the House is 16 years of age.

 

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SPECIAL DONATIONS
At the House, families rely upon the generosity of individuals, organizations, and businesses in our community for many day-to-day items.

Halloween Costumes
Halloween is only a month away and children at the House are looking forward to trick-or-treating throughout the House and neighborhood. Help them have a spooktacular Halloween by donating new and unused costumes sizes infant through teenage boys and girls.  Please drop off your donations to the House before October 24, 2014.

Due to infection control protocols, all donated items must be new and unused, and perishable items must be individually wrapped. If you have any questions or would like any more information about donating to our House programs, please email Erica Lee, program coordinator, or call 650.470.6011.
Our Mission:
Ronald McDonald House at Stanford creates a home-away-from-home and supportive community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses receiving specialized treatment at local hospitals. 

 
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