August 2017 
New Volunteer Orientation
It takes a village to fulfill our mission of keeping families close at RMHCCIN.  Each year, thousands of families come through our doors and we couldn't do it without the help of our volunteers. To help make sure each shift is appropriately covered, we are always looking to add to our amazing team of volunteers!
Many times, new volunteers comment that they learned about our opportunities from another current volunteer. Please help us continue to spread the word. If you know someone who might be interested in volunteering at the House, please have them contact Mary Friend. Mary will provide them with information about current volunteer opportunities, answer their questions and sign them up for one of our upcoming orientations.

We have scheduled the remaining orientations for the year to make this even easier.  All orientations take place at Limestone and are scheduled from 6 - 9:30 p.m.

Upcoming orientations are:
Wednesday, August 30
Wednesday, September 20
Tuesday, November 14

Please contact Mary Friend at or at 317-267-0605, x 225 for details.   
Help Wanted

IUPUI Involvement Fair

Each fall, IUPUI has a huge, outdoor involvement fair. This year's event is on Thursday, August 31 from 2-6 p.m. We need help representing the House and sharing information about our volunteer opportunities. Scheduling is flexible.


Help with Linens


We need help with the laundry at our Limestone location. This includes making up linen packets for our families and helping us keep up with the laundry we do in-house. Scheduling is flexible. 

Van Driver
We are looking for an additional van driver to pick up donations once a month, using our van. Some lifting is involved. Drivers need to be at least 21 years of age and have a valid drivers license. Scheduling is flexible.
Please contact Mary Friend at or at 317-267-0605, ext. 225 if you are interested in learning more about these opportunities.
Ronald McDonald House with the Indianapolis Indians   

Get your tickets today for the August 12th Indians game, it's Superhero night again, this time featuring Batman! Thanks to our friends at McDonald's, we are the recipient of the sale of the specialty Superhero jerseys. Use code HERO for a discount.

Yoga Anyone?
We are now offering complimentary yoga classes on the first Monday of each month from 7- 8 p.m. House guests, volunteers and staff are welcome to join. The next class will be held on August 7 so please join us! Thank you Kelly Alford from The Yoga Studio for your generous donation.   

Mission Moment


"This has been an absolute blessing to our family!  We have had to bounce back to the hospital a lot with one recovering and another baby nursing, so I definitely appreciated being able to be minutes away!  I have had a wonderful home like experience. Thank you!"


The Frepan's

Operations Update - Limestone
  • Please remember to check the volunteer "Need To Know" binder when you arrive for your shift for the latest and greatest updates.
Look Who Was Caught Rolling Out The Red Carpet
Emilie Bender, Guest Services Assistant, recently caught  Paula Swift, Guest Services Volunteer at Limestone, displaying cooperation, teamwork and professionalism.  
Emilie wrote: "While a lot of activity was ensuing, (i.e. large meeting, large service group and luncheon) Paula was "business and customer service as always".  She helped keep the activity in the front office moving along with no hitches.  She is truly a team player - not only was she prepared to do what was needed, she did it." 
Thank you, Paula. You are appreciated!
Congratulations Paula!  Your Crew Carwash pass is in the mail.
Remember, if you catch a volunteer rolling out the red carpet and demonstrating excellent customer service, please submit a nomination using the form below listing the criteria. Printed copies of this form are also available in the front office at both Limestone and Riley. Each month, all nominations are eligible for a random drawing for a Crew Carwash pass.
Please click on the link below for the nomination form:
Red Carpet Nomination Form

Updated Volunteer Schedule


Please click the link below for the updated volunteer schedule: 


August 2017 Guest Services Schedule

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

Megan Burcham
Lisa Contino
Brenda Ewigleben
Kristen Hearth
Ally Barnette
Laurie Eagan
Jennifer Cannady
Terri Props
Josh Baranski
Alicia Schulhof
Shelby Olinger
Donna Adams
Melissa Avila
Yuval Sharon

Amy Geldean
Richard Hammer
Daniel Kinsey
Rega Kowalski
Jim O'Connor
Jordan Miller
Morgan Piasecki
Tryssia Paquera

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


Ronald McDonald House with the Indianapolis Indians

August 12 


Taste Gala

November 3 

New Volunteer Orientation

August 30 


New Volunteer Orientation

November 14 

New Volunteer Orientation

September 20 


Deck the Halls Tree Competition

November 27 and 28 

Sporting Clays Tournament

September 22 


Holiday Open House

November 28 


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

  • Lori Ball: (317) 371-9150 (Not available on Tues., Wed. or Thurs.)
  • Katy Brawley: or (317) 258-9451
  • Jennifer Cannady: (weekends only)
  • Gwen England: (weekday evenings, except Tuesdays, and weekends)
  • Craig Ito: (weekdays 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) 
  • Rega Kowalski: (317) 241-1566
  • Paula Swift: (317) 797-1398 (3:30-9:30 p.m. and weekends)
  • Angie White: or (574) 612-9622 (evenings and weekends)
  • David Wilkerson: (317) 294-4948 (weekdays except Tuesday 9 a.m. -12 p.m.)
  • Marge Vogel:


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. 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