August 2016 
Next New Volunteer Orientation Scheduled for September 20
So many of our new volunteers credit current volunteers as the person who told them about our volunteer opportunities.  If you know someone who might be a great addition to the House, please have them contact Mary Friend at or at 317-267-0605, ext. 225.

Additional information can also be found using this link:   RMHCCIN Volunteer Opportunities
Pop Tab Boxes Are Back!
Cardboard pop tab boxes are available once again.  These small containers are a great way for collectors to promote the program. They can be obtained in the front office or desk at both Limestone or at the RMH at Riley.
Krystyna's Korner

Changes in the House... and Basement 
As some of you may have heard or noticed, there have been quite a few changes happening around the House.  Here are the highlights:
Resource Table
We now have a resource table positioned next to the apartment area entrance.  This will provide our houseguests with brochures, flyers, cards and a guide to  various resources throughout the state.  It also includes a local resources booklet that highlights nearby venues, such as restaurants, grocery stores, entertainment and hotels.  Other than the local venue booklet, guests are free to take any of the documents on the table.
Bulletin Boards
We are looking at streamlining where guests will be directed to access information such as sign-up sheets for tickets, upcoming events and House notices.  Moving forward, we will need your help in ensuring that new guests are familiar with the board.  Please stay tuned for updates.
The Basement
If you haven't been to the basement in a while, you may notice some changes. In the past couple of weeks, we have taken time to review what items have been stored in our food pantry and on our hygiene supply shelves.  We are working hard to make sure that we are following best food safety practices and being good stewards with donations, which means that we are checking on what we have done well and where we need some tweaking.  With the extra efforts of volunteers and staff, we have been able to go through our shelves to update them. Shortly, we will have some guidelines on processing these donations, so I'll be sure to get you the new guidelines soon!
Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to help.  Krystyna Karr, or at 317-267-0605, ext 210.
New Volunteer Opportunities


In House Family Programming

The purpose of this position is to support the overall wellness of families, both adults and children, who are currently staying at our Limestone Street location. Wellness programming focuses on ways to support social, mental/emotional and physical health.


Working with our Program Coordinator, Krystyna Karr, you can help develop and lead projects and programs for the families at the House. Shifts would be 2 hours in length and take place primarily between 6-8 p.m.


Community Resources

This position supports our families in need by providing access to community resources that would impact the success of their transition out of the House and back home.


Working with Krystyna Karr, there are two elements of this position.  One is to research community services and resources that guests might need and/or request.  The second is to meet one-on-one with guests to help them navigate through community resources.


Shifts would be 2 hours in length and would take place in the afternoon at both our Limestone and Riley Hospital locations.


To learn more about either of these opportunities, please contact Mary Friend at or Krystyna Karr at or call (317) 269-2247.

Mission Moment   


"Thank you for sponsoring an apartment at the Ronald McDonald House.  Having a safe place for our son, Samuel, to stay near Riley Hospital is such a blessing! He has been fighting a rare and aggressive form of leukemia and underwent a stem cell transplant. He is still receiving care at the hospital and our home is nearly 3 hours away. It is a comfort knowing he has a clean, safe place to stay."


The Richart Family

(Barry, Trish, Elizabeth, Anna, Patrick, Abe, Rachel, Samuel, Micah and Rose)


Operations Update - Limestone   
  • Please remember not to open the bags of linens placed in the closet.  They have been prepared for distribution at check-in.
  • It is important to sign out and sign in returned vacuums. One vacuum was  missing for two weeks.
  • Lately some of our Limestone Street guests have been told by staff/volunteers that they do not need to register at the RMH at Riley to use the day services since they are already registered at Limestone.  Please note that all guests, including Limestone Street guests, DO need to register at RMH at Riley as well.
  • The number of completed exit surveys is on the rise thanks to your help!  Please keep up the good work!  (We would like to see an even better response rate.)
  • We now have a phone charger with five different types of connectors, so guests without their personal charger can charge their phones.  This charger can only be loaned out by the manager on duty so they can track its return. Please refer anyone inquiring about the charger to the manager on duty.

From Rhonda at RMH at Riley


Every Monday evening the Panera near Greenwood Mall graciously donates bakery items to the RMH at Riley.  We have a couple of volunteers who arrive at Panera before 10 p.m. on Mondays to pick up this wonderful bakery donation and delivers it to the RMH at Riley on Tuesday morning.  Occasionally we need a substitute.  If you would like to learn more, please contact Rhonda Hainer at or at 317-944-2269.



Saying Goodbye


We recently said goodbye to a longtime friend, Dale Roberts, who passed away on July 6.  Dale started volunteering at the RMH at Riley in November of 2009 as a Guest Services Volunteer on Tuesday afternoons. 


Dale's wife of 52 years, Diana Roberts, is also a Guest Services Volunteer at the RMH at Riley.  He will be missed.



Updated Volunteer Schedule


Please click on the link below for the updated volunteer schedules:


 August Guest Services Schedule

Happy Birthday!
Please join us in celebrating the following RMHCCIN birthdays: 

Megan Burcham
Lisa Contino
Kyle Farris
Kristen Hearth
Laurie Eagan
Chelsea Meldrum
Maddie Rhinesmith
Jennifer Cannady


Terri Props
Josh Baranski
Alicia Schulhof
Donna Adams
Jasmine Lovelace
Brent Morrison
Stephen Luedeman
Yuval Sharon


Linda Downey
Richard Hammer
Daniel Kinsey
Rega Kowalski
Jim O'Connor
Janice Rainey
Amy Braunlich
Morgan Piasecki
Moriah Riggs

Upcoming Events
Visit our website or watch for details in future editions of this newsletter for these events.
August 28

September 17 

New Volunteer Orientation
September 20
October 21
Volunteer Recognition
November 4

Substitute List
Please contact these volunteers if you need a substitute.

  • Lori Ball: (317) 371-9150 (Not available on Tues., Wed. or Thurs.)
  • Savannah Ball: or (317) 517-9844 (Evenings and weekends)
  • Jennifer Cannady: (Weekends only)
  • Craig Ito: (Weekdays 9 a.m. - 12 noon) 
  • Rega Kowalski: (317) 241-1566
  • Mercedes Roots: (317) 356-9002 (Afternoons)
  • Paula Swift: (317) 797-1398 (3:30-9:30 p.m. and weekends)
  • Marge Vogel:
  • Angie White: or (574) 612-9622 (Evenings and weekends)
  • David Wilkerson (317) 294-4948 (Weekdays 9 a.m. - 12 noon)


If you would like to add your name to this list, please contact Mary Friend at or at (317) 267-0605, ext. 225.
Please remember to notify the manager on duty for last minute shift cancellations, and if you know your conflict in advance, notify Mary Friend.  Also, let us know if you are able to find a substitute so we can update the schedule.  Be sure to notify Mary or the manager on duty directly rather than through your shift mates. 
Thank you!

Our Mission
We provide a supportive home-away-from-home for families of children receiving medical care at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and other area hospitals, and we champion programs that improve the health, education and well-being of children.

Our Vision
Nurturing a community where children and their families embrace life and healing with a sense of hope, enthusiasm, courage and joy.
Our Values
  • Innovation: We aim for continuous improvement to provide the highest level of comfort and care for our families.
  • Compassion: We seek to listen, understand and serve.
  • Accountability: We strive for the highest level of integrity and transparency with all of our partners and stakeholders.
  • Respect: We treat all people with dignity, compassion and respect.
  • Excellence: We embrace our mission and passionately commit to creating the best home-away-from-home for our families.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana
435 Limestone St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Newsletter Editor:
Mary Friend, CVA
Volunteer Resources Manager
Direct Line:
317.267.0605 x225